Career Development Awards (K Awards) for Individuals with a Research Doctorate
There are at least eight different awards that individuals with a research doctorate should consider. Most of these awards support individuals that have accepted or are ready for a faculty position. There is the Career Transition Award (K22) that provides support during the early years of a new faculty position. This award is used differently by the NIH institutes and centers that participate and interested applicants should carefully review the relevant program announcements. New faculty members that need additional supervised research experience because they have had a career hiatus or they are moving to a substantially new area of research should consider the Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01). Scientists who have recently received independent research support might consider the Independent Scientist Award (K02) that protects at least 75 percent of their effort so that they can focus on the development of their research program. Individuals interested in Stem Cell research or Quantitative Methods or Mouse Pathobiology might consider the K18, K25, or K 26. A few of the NIH Institutes offer an award called the Senior Scientist Award (K05) that provides protected time and salary support for more senior, established scientists. Finally there is the Academic Award (K07) that is used to recruit research faculty into areas where there is a growing need for research and instructional capabilities. Information on all of these awards can be found on the K Kiosk at https://grants.nih.gov/training/careerdevelopmentawards.htm.