Early & Mid-Investigator Career Development (K) Awards

Individual Awards 

NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)
Provides up to five years of support consisting of two phases: 1-2 years of mentored support for highly promising, postdoctoral research scientists, followed by up to three years of independent support contingent on securing an independent research position. Applicants must be within four years of having earned their doctoral degree. Funding Announcement.


Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)
Provides support for 3 to 5 years of intensive, supervised career development in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. Funding Announcement.


Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08)
Provides 3 to 5 years of supervised specialized study for outstanding clinical research scientists with health professional doctoral degrees, who have the potential to develop into independent investigators and who are committed to a career in laboratory- or field-based research. Funding Announcement.


Mentored Patient-Oriented Career Development Award (K23)
Provides support for 3 to 5 years of supervised study and research for the career development of investigators with a clinical doctoral degree, or its equivalent, who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research. Funding Announcement.


Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award (K25)
Provides support for 3 to 5 years of career development in clinical biomedicine, bioengineering, bioimaging, or behavioral medicine for investigators in quantitative science and engineering research who had not previously focused primarily on questions of health and disease. Funding Announcement.


Independent Scientist Award (K02)
Provides support for newly independent scientists who can demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research focus to enhance their research careers and expand their potential to make significant contributions to their fields. Eligibility: doctoral degree and peer-reviewed, independent research support at the time of award. Funding Announcement.


Mid-Career Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24)
Provides clinical scientists support to conduct patient-oriented research and to mentor clinical investigators by relieving them of patient care and administrative responsibilities. This is a 5-year award that requires 3 to 6 person-months of effort (equivalent to 25–50 percent effort) and provides additional funds for incidental expenses. Funding Announcement.


Institutional Awards

Mentored Clinical Scientists Development Program Award (K12)
Provides support to an educational institution or professional organization to support career development experiences for clinicians, leading to research independence. Newly trained clinicians are selected and appointed to the program by the grantee institution. Clinical research includes patient-oriented research, behavioral research, epidemiologic research, outcomes/health services research, and research with human tissues and specimens where an investigator directly interacts with human subjects in an outpatient or inpatient setting. Funding Announcement.