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Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)

Applicant Profile

To qualify, you must have a research or health-professional doctoral degree. Your research development plans must be in epidemiology and/or data science only, as described in the July 15, 2019 Guide notice.

Funding Opportunity Announcements

Search for NIAID K01 Funding Opportunities to get a current list.

Award Specifics

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


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.

NIAID will not accept K01 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 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 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.

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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.

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