K08 Clinical Investigator Award

Quick Facts

Grant Title
K08 Clinical Investigator Award

M.D., or comparable clinical degree, minimum of 9 calendar months (75%) effort.

Application Deadline
New Applications:
  • February 12
  • June 12
  • October 12
  • March 12
  • July 12
  • November 12
For More Information
Contact the appropriate program director from the list of Career Development Staff Contacts.

The purpose of the K08 award is to provide individuals who have a clinical doctoral degree with an intensive, supervised, research career development experience.  The K08 provides support and “protected time” for these individuals considered to be on a path to a productive, independent research career.

The K08 award provides a flexible approach to training for clinicians (M.D., D.V.M., or other clinical degree) committed to an academic research career.

Applicants with little or no research experience will require a more structured training program and, therefore, may want to incorporate the courses and requirements that will lead to a master’s degree into their K08 application.  The research proposal from these individuals may incorporate an initial period of didactic coursework and training in laboratory techniques for the first 2 years, followed by a more laboratory-intensive research period of up to 3 years.

Applicants with more research experience, such as those holding both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, typically will have less need for didactic coursework and should propose a 5-year research project, as well as career development plans that will build upon past experience and position them for independent funding.

All applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the mentors available to them at their institutions and have, in addition to a primary mentor, one or more co-mentors, as appropriate.

K08s provide 3 to 5 years of support, and are not renewable.

How to Apply

Before applying, read the complete funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the K08, and then contact the appropriate program director at the NIDDK to confirm your eligibility for the award.  Providing your specific aims and your NIH biosketch will expedite this process.  We encourage K08 applications in all areas of research supported by the NIDDK.

Applicants should design a 3, 4, or 5-year program that will enable them to become independent clinical scientists by the end of the K08 award period.  They also should be available to devote a minimum of 9 calendar months (75 percent of a full-time appointment) worth of effort to the K-award.

Deadlines for Application

New applications:  February 12, June 12, and October 12

Resubmissions: March 12, July 12, and November 12

The K08 at the NIDDK

The NIDDK does not issue a separate announcement for this program, but accepts applications submitted in response to the NIH K08 parent FOA.

The NIDDK wishes to promote the training of clinical investigators who, in addition to being excellent physicians, are excellent researchers.  Applicants, therefore, should have completed clinical training and should be board-eligible by the time of award.

M.D. applicants who have received training in another country and who are not board-eligible in the United States are not appropriate candidates for NIDDK K08 awards.  The NIDDK K01 Award might be an option in this case.

The NIDDK will provide up to $100,000 per year for PI salary with appropriate justification from the institution, authorized fringe benefits, and up to $25,000 per year for research support, if justified, for K08 awards.  For competing K08 applications submitted prior to February 12th, 2016, and all non-competing awards in FY16, the NIDDK will provide only up to $90,000 per year for PI salary, the appropriate fringe benefits, and up to $25,000 per year for research support.   Competing and non-competing applications submitted in FY2017 may request up to $100,000 per year for PI salary in accordance with NOT-16-054.

The NIDDK supports a small grant program to provide additional support for our K08 investigators to pursue a project without a mentor and demonstrate increasing independence.

View K08 and other Training and Career Development funding opportunities.

NIH Resources