August 11, 2020
PA-20-187- NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00 - Independent Clinical Trial Required)
PA-20-188- NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
PA-20-189- NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00 Independent Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required)
Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health (OD)
Under normal circumstances, individuals must have no more than four years of postdoctoral research experience to be eligible to apply for a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award. The purpose of this notice is to inform the extramural community that due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, NIH will be providing up to a two-receipt cycle extension (roughly eight additional months) of eligibility for prospective applicants meeting the requirements for submission of a K99/R00 application from the time period covered by the June/July 2020 due dates through the February/March 2021 due dates.
The two-receipt cycle extension in eligibility under this Notice applies only to applicants for a K99/R00 award under one of the parent Funding Opportunity Announcements (PA-20-187, PA-20-188, and PA-20-189).
For eligible applicants submitting new or resubmission applications, the two-receipt cycle extension will be automatically accepted by the NIH; no additional documentation is required.
To aid potential applicants in determining whether they are eligible for the extension, the following examples are provided:
Example 1: For individuals whose eligibility ended with the June/July 12, 2020 due dates, the temporary extension would allow them to apply for the K99/R00 in October/November 2020 or February/March 2021.
Example 2: For individuals whose eligibility would normally end with October/November 12, 2020 due dates, the temporary extension would allow them to apply in February/March 2021 or June/July 2021.
Example 3: For individuals whose eligibility would normally end with February/March 12, 2021 due dates, the temporary extension would allow them to apply in June/July 2021 or October/November 2021.
This policy may be subject to future updates.
Prospective K99 applicants who wish to receive non-COVID-related extensions (such as those for childbirth, adoption, family leave, etc.) must continue to provide relevant documentation.
Prospective applicants should direct inquiries related to their specific circumstances to the NIH Institute or Center to which their application will be submitted.