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Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24)

Applicant Profile

Apply if you want to mentor or teach young physicians engaged in clinical research. You must be committed to patient-oriented research (POR).

To qualify, you must hold a health-professional doctoral degree or its equivalent (e.g., M.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., O.D., D.C., Pharm.D., N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy) or a doctoral degree in a clinical discipline such as clinical psychology, nursing, clinical genetics, speech-language pathology, audiology, or rehabilitation).

You should have completed your clinical training within the past 15 years; most applicants are at the midcareer or associate professor level. NIAID allows some flexibility on this requirement; therefore, email Dr. Shawn Gaillard to determine your eligibility by sending your NIH-formatted biosketch.

You must have concurrent research support, such as an R01, clinical trial or pharmaceutical company funding, or the equivalent.

Funding Opportunity Announcements

Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (Parent K24, Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (Parent K24, Independent Clinical Trial Required)

Award Specifics

Duration of three to five years (minimum of three), with one-time renewal for an additional three to five years of support.

Salary is based on full-time institutional salary up to the current 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 (or 25 to 50 percent) effort required each year. Learn more about Percent Effort and Concurrent Salary Support for Research Career Development (K) Awards.


You must include strong justification for additional funding and describe your plans to mentor or sponsor junior researchers in POR.

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

More Information

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

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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