Modification of ‘No-Cost Extension’ and ‘Carryover of Funds’ Policies for the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)

Notice Number: NOT-OD-16-092

Key Dates
Release Date:  June 21, 2016

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The purpose of this Notice is to modify policies for "No-cost Extensions" and "Carryover of Funds" under the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00).

K99 Phase of the Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)
Generally the K99 phase is for 2 years; however, award recipients may transition earlier than 2 years when the recipient has been offered an acceptable position. It is expected that K99 awardees will receive at least 12 months of career development support from the award before transitioning to the R00 phase. If an applicant achieves independence prior to initiating the K99 phase, neither the K99 nor the R00 phase will be awarded. Recipients are advised to contact the awarding Institute or Center if early transition is being considered. In all cases, early transition is considered a prior approval request and therefore subject to the approval of the NIH awarding Institute or Center.

No-Cost Extension: Since the K99 and R00 phases are awarded independently, a no-cost extension may be allowed should additional time be needed to complete the goals of the K99 phase. However, no-cost extensions for K99 awards are not automatic and require prior approval by the NIH. All terms and conditions of the K99/R00 award (including minimum effort requirements) remain in effect when the grant is in a no-cost extension. In requesting a no-cost extension, K99 awardees wishing to continue to seek a tenure-track or equivalent position should submit a plan for continued career development and a timely transition to an independent position. If an application for the R00 Phase with a suitable position is not submitted within the one-year period of the no-cost extension, the R00 will not be awarded. Those not continuing to seek to transition to the R00 will be permitted to extend without additional funds, in order to permit an orderly phase-out of the project.

Carryover of Funds: Carryover from the K99 phase to the R00 phase may be allowed provided the K99 phase was funded by extramural support. The K99 recipient should consult with the awarding IC as to its practices regarding carryover.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Division of Biomedical Research Workforce
Office of Extramural Programs
Office of Extramural Research