The purpose of the NIH Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24) is to enable mid-career clinician scientists to devote more time to augment their capabilities in patient-oriented research and to provide mentoring to new clinical investigators. 

For the purposes of this K24 award, patient-oriented research is defined as research conducted with human subjects—or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena—for which an investigator directly interacts.  This area of research includes:

  1. Mechanisms of Human Disease
  2. Therapeutic Interventions
  3. Clinical Trials
  4. The Development of New Technologies

Studies falling under Exemption 4 for human subjects research are not included in this definition.

The K24 award provides patient-oriented researchers who have an ongoing, excellent research program and are also strong mentors, with protected time for their mentoring and research activities.

The length of the award is 5 years, but it is eligible for an additional renewal period of 5 years.

How to Apply

Before applying, read the complete funding opportunity announcement for the K24 and then contact the appropriate program director at the NIDDK to discuss your eligibility for the award.  Providing your specific aims and your NIH biosketch will expedite this process.

Applicants must:

  1. be at the associate (and, occasionally, the full) professor level
  2. have an ongoing and funded patient-oriented research program
  3. have access to trainees at the pre- or post-doctoral level

Individuals who have been promoted expeditiously to full professor based solely on their clinical skills may remain eligible.

Applicants also must be able to devote a minimum of 3 calendar months (25 percent of the year) worth of effort, with a maximum commitment of 6 calendar months (50 percent of the year), to the project.

Deadlines for Application

For new applications: February 12, June 12, and October 12

For resubmissions and renewals: March 12, July 12, and November 12

Effective May 8, 2017, NIDDK will no longer be participating in the NIH K24 parent funding opportunity announcement. See Notice NOT-DK-17-005.

The K24 at the NIDDK

The NIDDK does not issue a separate announcement for this program, but accepts applications submitted in response to the NIH K24 parent FOA.  We encourage K24 applications in all areas of clinical research supported by the NIDDK.

The NIDDK recognizes the need for outstanding mentors in the area of patient-oriented research.  We encourage clinicians who:

  • are actively engaged in clinical research
  • have served as mentors
  • wish to free up more time for research and mentoring responsibilities

to apply for the K24 award.

Funding for ongoing research does not need to come from the NIH Research Grant Program (R01), but may come from clinical research centers, private foundations, professional societies, or industry.  Consultation with program staff is required.

The NIDDK will provide up to 50 percent of the NIH annual salary cap per year, the appropriate fringe benefits, and up to $50,000 per year in research support for the K24 award.

View K24 and other Training and Career Development funding opportunities.

NIH Resources