Reduction in Percent Effort for NHLBI Mentored Career Development K Awards

Notice Number: NOT-HL-06-118

Key Dates
Release Date: April 7, 2006

Issued by
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), (

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is committed to the career development of clinically trained research scientists and recognizes the importance of their contributions to research. The provision to allow clinical scientists protected time in a mentored environment to conduct research is among our most important priorities in the training and career development of future investigators. However, it is acknowledged that individuals in medical specialties that require significant clinical activity in order to maintain specialty clinical competency skills are unable to devote the required level of effort (at least 75%) to research activities on mentored career development awards.

The purpose of this notice is to announce a pilot program for the mentored career development awards that will allow applicants to request less than the required 75% effort for the specific purpose of maintaining specialty clinical competency skills. Under this pilot program, K08 and K23 applications from individuals in the medical specialties listed below will be allowed to submit applications with their effort being less than 75%, but no less than 50%. Applicants requesting less than 75% must provide a justification clearly stating the reasons for the reduced amount of effort.

This pilot program will be offered for the following limited number of medical specialties: cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons; interventional cardiologists; and electrophysiology cardiologists who are unable to devote 75% of their effort to research activities when they need significant clinical activity to maintain their specialty skills.

The allowance for the reduction in percent effort for the specific purpose of maintaining specialty clinical competency skills will be effective beginning with applications meeting the June 1, 2006, receipt date. All other aspects of the PAs and RFAs that solicit applications for mentored K awards are unchanged. Salary will be prorated within the NHLBI caps accordingly.

For general information on mentored NHLBI Career Development Awards - K08 and K23, please see:

Applications must be prepared using the PHS 398 research grant application instructions and forms, or the SF424 forms. NIH is in the process of converting to SF424 (Research and Related [R&R]) forms and electronic submission through Information on this plan and on registering for electronic submission is available at Updates regarding the transition process are at Investigators should consult the NIH Forms and Applications Web site ( for the most current information on which forms to use when preparing a grant application.


We encourage inquires and welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants. Inquiries may fall into three areas: extramural program, peer review and financial or grants management issues:

Direct your questions about extramural programmatic issues to:
Helena Mishoe, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Director, Office of Minority Health Affairs
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Two Rockledge Centre, Suite 8093
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7913
Bethesda, MD 20892-7913
Bethesda, MD 20817 (for express/courier non-USPS services)
Phone: (301) 451-5081
Fax: (301) 480-0862

Direct your questions about peer review issues to:

Chief, Review Branch
Division of Extramural Affairs
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Two Rockledge Center, Room 7214
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7924
Bethesda, MD 20892-7924
Bethesda, MD 20817 (for express mail)
Telephone: (301) 435-0270
FAX: (301) 480-0730

Direct your questions about financial or grants management matters to:

Craig E. Bagdon, MPA
Grants Management Specialist
Division of Extramural Affairs
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 7129, MSC 7926
Bethesda, MD 20892-7926
Telephone: (301) 435-0480
FAX: (301) 480-3310

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