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Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)

Applicant Profile

You're eligible to apply if you have a clinical doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M.) completed specialty or subspecialty training, and perform biomedical or behavioral research that requires direct work with patients.

Your proposed research must be patient-oriented as defined in the funding opportunity announcement.

If you have a substantial publication record in the field and/or have been a PI on an independent research grant (e.g., R01), you may want to consider applying for an R01 instead of a K23.

Notice of Funding Opportunity

Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (Parent K23, Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Award Specifics

Duration of three to five years, not renewable.

Salary up to $100,000 (if institutional base salary is equivalent or more) plus fringe benefits.

Research support of $50,000 each year.

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

Minimum nine person months (or 75 percent) effort required each year. Learn more about Percent Effort and Concurrent Salary Support for Research Career Development (K) Awards.


When you apply, bring together the following elements to succeed:

  1. Strong curriculum vitae, with outstanding academic record and letters of recommendation.
  2. Mentors who are top-notch scientists with superior funding, robust publication history, and the time and interest to mentor you as the K23 applicant. See Application Advice for Mentored Ks and Know What To Look for When Choosing a Mentor.
  3. State-of-the-art Research Plan showing strong institutional commitment.

NIAID will not accept K23 applications proposing an independent clinical trial. Learn more at Clinical Trials and NIAID Research Career Development (K) Opportunities.

Also see our Application Advice for Research Career Development (K) Awards.

During Your Award

In the last two years of a 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 principal investigator on a competing research project grant or director of a subproject on a multicomponent grant from NIH or another federal agency.

NIAID also offers the Limited Competition: Small Research Grant Program for NIAID K01/K08/K23 Recipients (R03, Clinical Trial Not Allowed) and Limited Competition: Exploratory and Developmental Research Grant Program for NIAID K01, K08, and K23 Recipients (R21, Clinical Trial Not Allowed) programs. They provide NIAID-supported K01, K08, and K23 recipients with the opportunity to apply for R03 or R21 support at some point during the final two years of their K award. NIAID seeks to enhance the capability of these award recipients to conduct research as they complete their transition to fully independent investigator status (e.g., R01 support).

More Information

Learn more on the NIAID Research Career Development (K) Awards main page.

Email your questions to

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.

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