NIH GUIDE, Volume 24, Number 40, November 24, 1995

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National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

This notice provides additional information regarding the Independent

Scientist Award (K02) supported by the National Institute of Child

Health and Human Development (NICHD).  This information must be used

in conjunction with the general description of the K02 issued in the

NIH Guide, PA-95-050, Vol. 24, No. 15, April 28, 1995, which

supersedes the previous K04 guidelines.


The objective of the NICHD in utilizing the Independent Scientist

Award is to provide scientists in the early and middle stages of

their careers with an opportunity to have a period of intensive

research concentration that will enable them to expand their

potential to make significant contributions in a field of research

within the scientific mission of the NICHD.  It is anticipated that

this period of research concentration will facilitate the development

of major new concepts, paradigms, theories, techniques, or research



Eligibility for the NICHD K02 is limited to individuals possessing a

doctoral degree.  The candidate must be able to demonstrate that the

requested period of research focus will foster her or his career as a

highly productive scientist.  The candidate must have a full-time

appointment at the applicant institution at a level up to but not

beyond the equivalent of associate professor.  At the time that the

application for the K02 is submitted, the candidate must be the

principal investigator on a NICHD-funded research grant or

cooperative agreement (R01, R29, U01) or a principal investigator on

a subproject of a NICHD-funded P01, P50, U10, or U54.  An

investigator whose sole NICHD support is a small grant (R03), AREA

award (R15), SBIR (R43, R44), and/or STTR (R41) grants is not

eligible for this award.

Environment.  Applications will be accepted on behalf of the

candidate from domestic universities, medical schools, or comparable

non-Federal institutions.  The institution must provide assurance

that the candidate is an integral part of its research and academic

program and demonstrate commitment to the development of the

candidate as an independent scientist.

Program.  Candidates must be nominated by an institution on the basis

of qualifications, interests, accomplishments, motivation, and

potential for performing quality research.  All candidates must

provide a full description of the research and career development

plan for the period of the award.


Duration and Level of Effort.  The project period for the K02 award

is five years.  It is nonrenewable, and only in extraordinary

situations may a change of institution be allowed with the prior

approval of the NICHD.  The original candidate may not be replaced.

A minimum of 75 percent effort must be devoted to the research

program, and the applicant institution must provide assurance that at

least 75 percent time will be available to the candidate for


Allowable Costs.  Funding from this award for salary may not exceed

$50,000 per year plus commensurate fringe benefits. Individual

compensation is based on the institution's salary scale for

individuals at an equivalent experience level.


Upon receipt, applications will be screened by NICHD staff for

compliance with the eligibility criteria above.  Applications not

meeting these requirements will be returned to the applicant without

review.  Applications for the K02 will be evaluated for scientific

and technical merit by an NICHD Review Committee, according to the

review procedures and criteria described in the NIH K02 program

announcement (Vol. 24, No. 15, April 28, 1995).  Following the

initial review, applications will undergo a second level review by

the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council.


Candidates are strongly encouraged to discuss the development and

submission of applications with NICHD program staff.  For assistance

in identifying the appropriate program administrator for a particular

area of science, the following may be contacted:

Donna Vogel, M.D., Ph.D.

Center for Population Research

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Building

61E, Room 8B01

Bethesda, MD  20892-7510

Telephone:  (301) 496-6515


Tyl Hewitt, Ph.D.

Center for Research for Mothers and Children

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Building

61E, Room 4B05K

Bethesda, MD  20892-7510

Telephone:  (301) 496-5541


Danuta Krotoski, Ph.D.

National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Building

61E, Room 2A03

Bethesda, MD  20892-7510

Telephone:  (301) 402-2242


Inquiries regarding financial or policy issues may be directed to:

Diane Watson

Office of Grants and Contracts

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Building

61E, Room 8A01A

Bethesda, MD  20892-7510

Telephone:  (301) 496-5001



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