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Quick Facts on Research Training and Career Development Awards

Related Extramural SOPs: Career Development Grants, Research Training, and Research Training Grants

Research training awards

NIH awards National Research Service Award (NRSA) institutional research training grants to institutions of higher education to defray the costs of training graduate students or postdoctoral scientists.

Applicants must apply electronically.

Award Type

Award Specifics

Applicant Profile

Application

NRSA Institutional Research Training Grants (T32)

Five-year duration, with the chance to renew.

Funding includes:

  • NRSA Stipend Levels.
  • Trainee travel.
  • Institutional training-related expenses.
  • Facilities and administrative costs based on eight percent of modified total direct costs.
  • Trainees must devote full-time effort during the trainee appointment period.
  • On a case-by-case basis, institutional costs for accommodating disabled trainees in addition to usual costs paid by training-related expenses.

Domestic, non-profit, private, or public educational institution with an outstanding research and academic environment, including suitable staff and facilities.

Senior investigators who head research or training programs generally apply for T32s on behalf of their institution.

Requires different elements than R01s. Institution must show:

  • Clear objectives and quality training program, including special features (e.g., lab rotations, seminar series, entrance requirements; advisory committee).
  • Proposed training program director who is a well-recognized scientist with a long training track record.
  • Senior-level faculty with publications history, grants from NIH or similar agencies, and training experience.
  • Successful past trainees.
  • Adequate source of trainees.
  • T32-specific minority recruitment plan.
  • Course on responsible conduct of research.

In preparing their applications, institutions should use the SF 424 Data Tables.

NRSA Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants (T35)

Pre-doctoral trainees only.

Up to five years, with the chance to renew.

NRSA Stipend Levels. Stipends are prorated for the number of months of support.

Trainee-related expenses (travel, tuition, and fees) prorated for the number of months of support for each trainee.

Facilities and administrative costs based on eight percent of modified direct costs.

Trainees must devote full-time effort during the trainee appointment period, usually two or three months in the summer.

Domestic, non-profit, private, or public institutions with a high quality research program in the proposed areas, including suitable staff and facilities.

Allow eligible institutions to develop or enhance research training opportunities for people interested in careers in biomedical and behavioral research.

Institution must show:

  • Proposed training in either basic or clinical aspects of the health-related sciences.
  • Training program director is responsible for the selection and appointment of trainees and the overall direction of the training program.
  • Training program director and associated faculty should have a documented record of success in conducting research and a proven track record of training scientists for careers in basic or clinical research.

Career development awards

Career development awards help scientists with diverse backgrounds to enhance their careers in biomedical research. Applicants must apply electronically.

Except for the K99/R00 award, applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent residency status (an Alien Registration Receipt Card, Form I-551). Non-citizens who have applied for a Form I-551 and expect to receive it by the earliest award date may apply, though those with student or other temporary visas are not eligible.

Investigators may request part-time appointments, a reduction in percent effort, and other adjustments. For more information, see the Career Development Grants SOP.

Award type

Award specifics

Applicant profile

Application

Research Scientist Development Award (K01)

Duration of three to five years, not renewable.

Salary up to $75,000 (if institutional base salary is equivalent or more) plus fringe benefits.

Research support of $25,000 each year.

Facilities and administrative costs based on eight percent of modified total direct costs.

Minimum nine person months effort required each year.

In the last two years of a K01 award, NIH permits concurrent salary support from a peer-reviewed grant from any federal agency if 1) your K award is active, and 2) you are a PI on a competing research project grant or director of a subproject on a multicomponent grant from NIH or another federal agency.

Research or health-professional doctoral degree with research development plans in epidemiology, modeling techniques, and outcomes research.

Applicants who are more junior in terms of their research career.

Institution must have a well-established research and clinical career development program and qualified faculty in clinical or basic research to serve as mentors.

Mentor is recognized as an accomplished investigator in the proposed research area and has a track record of success in training independent investigators.

Proposes a period of study and career development consistent with previous research experience.

Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (Parent K08)

and

Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (Parent K23)

Duration of three to five years, not renewable. For K08, award length depends on experience.

For competing awards associated with the January 2013 Council round and thereafter:

  • Salary up to $90,000 (if institutional base salary is equivalent or more) plus fringe benefits.
  • Research support of $50,000 each year.

For all other K08 and K23 awards:

  • Salary up to $75,000 (if institutional base salary is equivalent or more) plus fringe benefits.
  • Research development support of $25,000 each year.

Facilities and administrative costs based on eight percent of modified total direct costs.

Minimum nine person months effort required each year.

In the last two years of a K08 and K23 award, NIH permits concurrent salary support from a peer-reviewed grant from any federal agency if 1) your K award is active, and 2) you are a PI on a competing research project grant or director of a subproject on a multicomponent grant from NIH or another federal agency.

Commitment to a career in biomedical or behavioral research.

For K08, clinical doctoral degree such as M.D., D.V.M., or O.D., a professional license to practice in the United States, and current work in biomedical or behavioral research, including translational research.

For K23, you're eligible if you have a clinical doctorate, completed specialty or subspecialty training, and perform research that requires direct work with patients.

Three main elements to success:

  1. Strong CV, with outstanding academic record and letters of recommendation.
  2. Mentor who is a top-notch scientist with superior funding, robust publication history, and the time and interest to mentor the investigator.
  3. State-of-the-art Research Plan and strong institutional commitment, such as a promised faculty appointment after the award term.

NIAID will not accept K-series applications proposing to conduct new, independent clinical trials.

NIAID Career Transition Award (K22)

Duration of two years, not renewable.

Direct costs of $150,000 in the first year and $100,000 in the second year. Up to $50,000 of the award can be spent on the PI's salary each year (exclusive of fringe benefits); the rest can be spent in any way. If funds are not needed for salary support, they may be used for research expenses.

Facilities and administrative costs based on eight percent of modified total direct costs.

Minimum nine person months effort required each year.

 

Postdoc with no more than five years of research experience.

In the first of two application phases, applicant submits a CV that details career goals, a Research Plan, and three recommendations.

Within a year of receiving a fundable score, investigator must be offered an assistant professorship at an academic institution. To qualify for the second phase, he or she must show that the position offers an assistant professorship, laboratory, significant start-up funds, and minimal teaching or other responsibilities.

Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (Parent K24)

Duration of three to five years (minimum of three), renewable.

Salary is based on full-time institutional salary up to the current NIH salary cap multiplied by the percentage of effort plus fringe benefits.

Research development costs of up to $50,000 each year.

Facilities and administrative costs based on eight percent of modified total direct costs.

Minimum effort of three to six person months required each year.

Established clinician or Ph.D. who is committed to patient-oriented research and has concurrent research support, such as R01, pharmaceutical company funding, or participation in a clinical trial.

Should have completed clinical training within the past 15 years, although NIAID allows some flexibility on this requirement.

Interest in mentoring or teaching other young physicians in clinical research.

Incorporates 75 percent science and 25 percent mentoring, teaching, and career development, not straight science like an R01.

Includes strong justification for additional funding and plans for mentoring or sponsoring junior researchers.

NIAID will not accept K-series applications proposing to conduct new, independent clinical trials.

Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (Parent K25)

Duration of three to five years (minimum of three), not renewable.

Salary up to $75,000 (if institutional base salary is equivalent or more) plus fringe benefits.

Research development costs of $20,000 each year.

Facilities and administrative costs based on eight percent of modified total direct costs.

Minimum nine person months effort required each year.

In the last two years of a K25 award, NIH permits concurrent salary support from a peer-reviewed grant from any federal agency if 1) your K award is active, and 2) you are a PI on a competing research project grant or director of a subproject on a multicomponent grant from NIH or another federal agency.

Junior faculty member with an advanced degree in engineering or quantitative science, such as Ph.D. or M.S.E.E., who wants to integrate this expertise with biomedicine.

Former PIs on NIH research projects or subprojects and previous recipients of certain awards aren't eligible.

Less detailed Research Plan suffices because peer reviewers recognize investigator's limited experience.

NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)

We award three years of support—one year of funding for the K99 mentored phase and two years for the R00 independent phase, not renewable.

Salary up to $75,000 (if institutional base salary is equivalent or more) plus fringe benefits.

Research development costs up to $25,000 each year.

For K99 phase, facilities and administrative costs based on eight percent of modified total direct costs.

Minimum nine person months effort required each year.

Clinical or research doctoral degree with no more than five years* of postdoctoral research training at the time of submission, who has plans to apply for an assistant professorship at an academic institution.

*Note: starting with the February 12, 2014, receipt date, the five-year maximum will be reduced to four years. For further details, including how this change affects resubmissions, see our Pathway to Independence Awards (K99/R00) SOP.

Should include a career development plan, Research Plan with a description of the project to be pursued in the R00 phase, and at least three letters of reference. During the initial mentored (K99) phase, the investigator must secure a tenure-track, full-time assistant professor position at an academic institution.

To qualify for the independent investigator (R00) phase, the investigator's division or department chair will need to submit a letter demonstrating the institution's commitment to the investigator by providing protected research time, space, facilities, and other support needed to conduct the proposed research.

Last Updated January 08, 2014

Last Reviewed January 31, 2012