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K Awards

Career Development (K) Awards

The NIDDK supports several types of K awards:

  • If you are an M.D. and are doing basic research, you are eligible for a K08.
  • If you are a clinician and you interact directly with patients for your research (not just to fulfill your commitment to your department), you are eligible for the K23 award. 
  • If you are a Ph.D. or a non-board eligible M.D., you can apply for a K01
  • If you are a non-biomedically trained Ph.D. (mathematics, organic chemistry, etc.) moving into biomedical research, you are eligible for a K25
  • The NIDDK does not support the K02 award for more senior scientists, but as a clinical investigator you should consider the K24, once your career is established. 
  • The Pathway to Independence award (K99/R00) is a two-phased approach to shortening the post-doctoral period for outstanding fellows, and it is open to non-U.S. citizens.

Our overview (below) of all the K awards offered by the NIDDK gives you the conditions of each award in abbreviated form.  Read the entire funding opportunity announcement for full details.


Mechanism​ ​Eligibility and Conditions ​Length ​Mentor Needed ​P.I. Salary ​Research Support
​​Mentored Research Scientist Development Award  (K01)
Ph.D., or comparable nonclinical degree, usually within 5 years of having received degree, minimum of 9 calendar months (75%) effort ​ 3-5 years, not renewable ​ Yes​ Up to $90,000, plus fringe benefits ​ $25,000/yr, option for additional $50,000/yr in last 2 yrs of K01 via R03
​Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08) M.D., or comparable clinical degree, minimum of 9 calendar months (75%) effort*+ 3-5 years, not renewable​ Yes​ Up to $100,000, plus fringe benefits ​ $25,000/yr; option for additional $50,000/yr in last 2 yrs of K08 via R03
Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award  (K23)​ M.D., or comparable clinical degree, minimum of 9 calendar months (75% ) effort*​+ 3-5 years, not renewable​ ​Yes Up to $100,000, plus fringe benefits​. $25,000/yr (up to $50,000 if well justified); option for additional $50,000/yr in last 2 yrs of K23 via R03
Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24) Outstanding, established clinical investigator with a track record of mentoring, usually at the associate professor level, although in certain circumstances full professors may be eligible. 

Consultation with program staff is required.  Minimum of 3 calendar months (25%) effort, maximum 6 calendar months (50%) effort​

5 years, renewable once​ No Up to 50% of the NIH salary cap, plus fringe benefits​ Up to $50,000/yr​
Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award  (K25)​ Advanced degree in quantitative area of science or engineering, minimum of 9 calendar months (75%) effort​ 3-5 years, not renewable​ Yes​ Up to $90,000, plus fringe benefits​ Up to $40,000/yr​
 Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)​ Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent research degree, with no more than 4 years of postgraduate research training who needs only 2 more years of mentored support before securing a faculty position at a U.S. institution.  No citizenship requirement. ​ 2 years for the mentored K99; up to 3 years for the independent R00 phase.​ ONLY for the K99 phase.​
K99 = up to $75,000 (within the K99 total cost cap of $90,000/yr);
R00 = at the institutional level, up to the NIH maximum (within the R00 total cost cap of $249,000/yr)​

K99 = up to $25,000/yr (within the K99 total cost cap of $90,000/yr);

R00 = as requested, up to the $249,000/yr total cost cap​

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​* urologic surgeons may request less than a 9 calendar month (75%) commitment.

       +​For applications submitted prior to February 12th, 2016 and currently pending, the NIDDK will provide up to $90,000 per year for salary plus the appropriate fringe benefits.  In addition, up to $25,000 per year for research support for K08 applications and up to $50,000 per year for research support of K23 applications will be provided.


How to Apply

All mentored K awards require that the applicant:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States (does NOT apply to K99/R00)
  • Be located at a U.S. institution
  • Have preliminary data on which to base his/her hypothesis-driven 3 to 5-year research project in an area of interest to the NIDDK
  • Have at least one mentor
  • Be able to devote 9 calendar months (75 percent) worth of effort to the K award
We encourage K-awards in all areas of research supported by the NIDDK.

Deadlines for Application

For new applications:
  • February 12
  • June 12
  • October 12

K Awards at the NIDDK

The NIDDK limits the combination of support from a K12 or KL2 award and any subsequent individual K award to no more than 6 years.  A limited competition small grant program is available to NIDDK K01, K08, and K23 awardees to provide additional, independent support.


View all K Award and other Training and Career Development funding opportunities.​​​​​​​​​​​​​


 Quick Facts


Grant Title
Career Development (K) Awards

Application Deadline
New Applications: 

  • February 12
  • June 12 
  • October 12

For More Information
​Contact the appropriate program director from the list of Staff Contacts