NIH COVID-19 Training and Fellowship Updates

This webpage provides guidance about no-cost extensions, with or without funds, eligibility extensions, and COVID related FAQs and notices for the NIH Pathway to Independence Awards (K99/R00), Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellowships, and other funding mechanisms.

Eligibility Extensions for New K99/R00 Applicants

  • Under normal circumstances, individuals must have no more than four years of postdoctoral research experience to be eligible to apply for a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award. Due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, NIH will be providing up to a two-receipt cycle extension (roughly eight additional months) of eligibility for prospective applicants meeting the requirements for submission of a K99/R00 application from the time period covered by the June/July 2020 due dates through the February/March 2021 due dates, as described in NOT-OD-20-158

Active Grant No Cost Extensions

  • As per NOT-OD-16-092, a no-cost extension may be allowed should additional time be needed to complete the goals of the K99 phase. No-cost extensions for K99 awards, however, are not automatic and require prior approval by the NIH. All terms and conditions of the K99/R00 award (including minimum effort requirements) remain in effect when the grant is in a no-cost extension. In requesting a no-cost extension, K99 awardees wishing to continue to seek a tenure-track or equivalent position should submit a plan for continued career development and a timely transition to an independent position.

Active Grant Funded Extensions

  • For F32 and K99 recipients, ICs may approve funded extensions for recipients affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (see Notice). Each application will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. NIDA will consider the following factors in determining whether to grant an extension: availability of funds, justification that training activities have been significantly hindered due to COVID-19, time remaining on award, and career stage.  For More Information, or if you plan to apply, please contact the Office of Research Training, Diversity and Health Disparities.

Additional Information:

Title Date Description
NOT-OD-21-052 2/2/2021 Requesting Extensions for Early Career Scientists Whose Career Trajectories Have Been Significantly Impacted by COVID-19
NOT-OD-21-026 11/4/2020 Extended Guidance for Applicants Preparing Applications During the COVID-19 Pandemic
NOT-OD-20-158 8/11/2020 Temporary two cycle eligibility extension for K99/R00 applicants
NOT-OD-20-091 3/26/2020 UPDATE: NIH Late Application Policy Due to Public Health Emergency for United States for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
NOT-OD-20-088 3/17/2020 Flexibilities for Assured Institutions for Activities of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) Due to COVID-19
NOT-OD-20-087 3/16/2020 Guidance for NIH-funded Clinical Trials and Human Subjects Studies Affected by COVID-19
NOT-OD-20-086 3/12/2020 Flexibilities Available to Applicants and Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance Affected by COVID-19
NOT-OD-20-083 3/10/2020 General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Proposal Submission and Award Management Related to COVID-19
NOT-OD-20-082 3/9/2020 NIH Late Application Policy Due to Public Health Emergency for United States for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)