NIAID offers a variety of individual research career development (K) awards, which enable scientists with diverse backgrounds to enhance their careers in biomedical research. Individual K awards can also have positive effects on your publication record and subsequent receipt of NIH grants (e.g., R01 Research Projects).
To help you decide which award best suits your needs, check Choose an Award by Career Stage and the K award types linked below.
Types of K Awards at NIAID
Learn about each type of career development award that NIAID supports:
- Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)
- Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08)
- NIAID Career Transition Award (K22)
- Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)
- Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24)
- Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (K25)
- Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)
NIAID also participates in the following relevant opportunities:
- Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Institutionally-Focused Research Education Award to Promote Diversity (UE5 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- Limited Competition: Small Research Grant Program for NIAID K01/K08/K23 Recipients (R03, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- Limited Competition: Exploratory and Developmental Research Grant Program for NIAID K01, K08, and K23 Recipients (R21, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Except for the K99/R00 programs, all K awards require either U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status (Alien Registration Receipt Card, Form I-551). People on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
For mentored K awards, review our advice at Know What To Look for When Choosing a Mentor.
Learn more about K applications and awards in the Career Development Grants SOP and the sections below.
NIAID’s K program is meant to prepare the next generation of investigators for careers in our areas of science. Our latest analyses have shown a positive correlation between K awards and future success rates for independent NIH research awards.
Before applying for an NIAID K award, review the levels of support, funding periods, and effort requirements to ensure that the award will meet your needs. Other NIH institutes may offer different levels of support.
The K category is broad and special rules may apply for your award. Before jumping in to write your application, learn how to address peer review criteria, align your career development plan to your professional goals, and adhere to the NIH public access policy.
Learn our requirements for how much of your professional time must be devoted to the funded K award and get details on effort, salary supplementation, and salary sources.
Before you apply for a K award involving clinical trial research, make sure you know which NIAID K funding opportunity to choose.
Email your questions to AITrainingHelpDesk@mail.nih.gov.
We can also advise you on your eligibility for a particular K program and whether your proposed research aligns with NIAID if you send us your NIH-formatted biosketch and Specific Aims page. Learn more at Create Biosketches and Draft Specific Aims.