K Awards: Career Development
Quick FactsGrant Title
Career Development (K) Awards
- February 12
- June 12
- October 12
Contact the appropriate program director from the list of Career Development Staff Contacts.
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|
|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
Who Can 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
Deadlines for Application
- 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.