This page describes the process for NIAID K applicants. Other NIH institutes and centers may have different rules. Check the FOA to be sure.
Below we offer two scenarios with you as the principal investigator (PI) on a K award:
- You want independent K award support as the lead PI for a clinical trial.
- You want to apply for a K award, but aren’t planning to be the lead PI on an independent clinical trial. You may gain clinical trial research experience.
Scenario 1: Lead PI on a K-Funded Independent Clinical Trial
Two NIAID K programs include FOAs that support independent clinical trials:
- NIAID Physician-Scientist (PS) Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)
- Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24)
This allows NIAID PS K99 and K24 applicants to apply for independent support on their K as the lead PI for a clinical trial.
Scenario 2: Gain Research Experience Through Your Mentor’s Clinical Trial
As another option, you may apply for an NIAID-supported K award and gain clinical trial research experience without proposing an independent clinical trial. Any research experience that you propose must be under the mentor’s guidance; the mentor leads the clinical trial.
To do so, apply to the “Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed” FOA versions offered for all NIAID K award programs (K01, K08, K22, K23, K24, K25, and Parent K99/R00).
For Both Scenarios, Check the FOA
Whether you choose to propose independent clinical research or not, be sure to select a FOA that allows the type of research you propose. All NIH FOAs list whether they allow clinical trials in the title and Section II. Award Information.
NIH may withdraw applications submitted to the incorrect FOA version.
Learn more on the NIAID Research Career Development (K) Awards main page.
Direct your questions about the K programs to NIAID Research Training Officer Dr. Shawn Drew Gaillard at Shawn.Gaillard@nih.gov.
She can also advise you on your eligibility for a particular K program and whether your proposed research aligns with NIAID if you send her your NIH-formatted biosketch and Specific Aims page. Learn more at Create Biosketches and Draft Specific Aims.