Pathway to Independence Award
The K99/R00 program is designed to facilitate a timely transition from a mentored postdoctoral research position to a stable independent research position with independent NIH or other research support at an earlier stage than is currently the norm.
Applicants for the K99/R00 must have no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research training at the time of the initial application or the subsequent resubmission.
Applicants not requiring a minimum of 12 months of mentored research training and career development are not ideal candidates for this award.
The purpose of the K99/R00 award is to shorten the time that researchers spend as postdoctoral fellows. This award is meant to facilitate the transition to independent NIH Research Grant Program (R01) funding.
The mentored K99 grant is 1-2 years. The independent R00 phase lasts up to 3 years.
How to Apply
Applicants must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or have equivalent research experience and require only 1 to 2 more years of mentored support before becoming competitive to secure a faculty position at a U.S. institution.
U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is not required, but applicants must provide evidence that they can remain in the United States for the duration of the K99 award period. At the time of review for the R00 phase, evidence must be provided that the applicant can remain in the United States for the duration of the R00 award period.
Applicants must present clear milestones in their research and career development. Progress will be evaluated for transition to the R00 phase of the award. In addition, receipt of the R00 award is dependent upon the applicant obtaining a tenure-track, full-time faculty position (assistant professor or equivalent) at an eligible U.S. institution.
Applicants must be available to devote a minimum of 9 calendar months (75 percent of the year) worth of effort to this project.
Deadlines for Application
For new applications: February 12, June 12, and October 12
For resubmissions: March 12, July 12, and November 12
The K99/R00 at the NIDDK
The K99 phase of the award may take place either within the NIDDK Intramural Program or at any extramural research institution. Only extramural research institutions are eligible sites for the R00 phase of the award.
We encourage K99/R00 applications in all areas of research supported by the NIDDK.
The NIDDK will provide up to $75,000 per year for salary, the appropriate fringe benefits, and up to $25,000 per year for research support for the K99 phase of the award.
At the institutional level, salary will be up to $249,000 per year, and research support up to $25,000 per year for the R00 phase of the award.
There is a total cost cap of $90,000 per year for the K99 award.
Guidelines for Applicants
For a smooth transition to the R00 portion of the K99/R00, a complete application package
(PDF, 22KB) must be submitted 6 months prior to the end of the K99 period.