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Independent Scientist Award (Parent K02) (PA-11-191)
Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts
Release Date: April 8, 2011
Expiration Date: January 8, 2014


NIH Institute or Center Contacts

Institute/Center Specific Information

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Scientific/Research:
Henry Chang, M.D.
Division of Blood Diseases and Resources
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 9176, MSC 7950
Bethesda, MD 20892-7950
(use zip code 20817 for courier service)
Phone: (301) 435-0067
Email:  changh@nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
Mrs. Jayanthi Regunathan (Jay)
Grants Management Specialist
Office of Grants Management
Division of Extramural Research Activities
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 7137B
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-435-0175
Email: regunathanj@nhlbi.nih.gov

NHLBI Specific Information:

Are competing K02 renewals accepted? No.

NHLBI requires K02 applicants to have national peer-reviewed support (funding from state chapters of the American Heart Association or American Lung Association is not acceptable).
Enough time should remain on an on-going independently funded project so that the K02 will provide support for at least two or more years concurrently with the independent support. If the K02 project period will exceed the project period of funded independent support, the candidate should provide information about proposed continuing research.

Please refer to: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/training/index.htm for specific information on NHLBI programs and career development policies.

Salary Support: Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: None.

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Scientific/Research:
Chyren Hunter, Ph.D.
Division of Extramural Activities
National Institute on Aging
7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Room 2C218, MSC 9205
Bethesda, MD 20892-9205
Telephone: (301) 496-9322
FAX: (301) 402-0528
Email: Hunterc@nia.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
Ms. Traci Lafferty, NIA
7201 Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 2N-212
Bethesda, MD. 20892
Telephone: (301) 496-1472
FAX: (301) 402-3672
E-mail: lafferT@nia.nih.gov

NIA Specific Information:

Are competing K02 renewals accepted? No.

Salary Support: Up to 100,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: Up to $8,000 per year (for tuition and other training-related expenses). Under most circumstances K02 awardees must have independent funding to support research expenses.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Scientific/Research:
Michael Hilton, Ph.D.
Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research
5635 Fishers Lane
Bethesda, MD 20892-9304
Phone: 301-402- 9402
Email: mhilton@mail.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
Judy Fox
Chief, Grants Management Branch
5635 Fishers Lane, Room 3023
Bethesda , MD 20892-9304
Phone: (301) 443-4704
Email: jfox@mail.nih.gov

NIAAA Specific Information:

Are competing K02 renewals accepted? The K02 is renewable one time only.

NIAAA sponsors a variety of career development programs to ensure the development of highly qualified investigators in alcohol-related research. Opportunities under this announcement include research in the social, behavioral, biological and mathematical sciences as related to alcohol abuse and alcoholism.   Candidates must have active, independent research support, which is renewable during the period of the career development award. For additional information, please see NOT-AA-10-005.

Salary Support: Up to $90,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: Research Support: Research support is not provided in most cases. Individuals engaged in predominantly theoretical work, such as modeling or computer simulation may request up to $25,000 per year for research expenses.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Scientific/Research:
Katrin Eichelberg, Ph.D.
6700 B Rockledge Drive, Room 3128
Telephone: 301-496-0818
Email: ke39x@nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
Chernay Mason
Grants Management Branch
6700B Rockledge Dr, Room 2248
Bethesda , MD 20886
Phone: (301) 435-2068
Email: Chernay.Mason@nih.gov

NIAID Specific Information:

Are competing K02 renewals accepted? No.

NIAID requires K02 applicants to have national peer-reviewed support, preferably an NIH R01 grant or equivalent. This grant can be from NIAID or any other institute or source.

Salary Support: Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: None.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Scientific/Research:
Dennis A. Twombly, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Office of Extramural Policy
Extramural Training Officer
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 2C01
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7510
(for express/courier use, use Rockville, MD 20852)
Telephone:  301-451-3371
FAX:  301-480-2400
Email:  dtwombly@mail.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
Bryan S. Clark, MBA 
Chief Grants Management Officer
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
6100 Executive Blvd., Room 8A01A, MSC 7510
Bethesda, Maryland  20892-7510
(for express/courier use, use Rockville, MD 20852)
Telephone: (301) 435-6975
FAX: (301) 402-0915
Email: clarkb1@mail.nih.gov

NICHD Specific Information:

Research Scope  –  NICHD offers research career development awards in areas relevant to normal and abnormal human development, including contraception, fertilization, pregnancy, childbirth, prenatal and postnatal development, and childhood development through adolescence.  The mission areas also include research on intellectual and developmental disabilities and rehabilitation medicine.  More detailed information can be found at:   http://www.nichd.nih.gov/research/org/supported_by.cfm.

Purpose –  The K02 program through NICHD is primarily a salary award to provide at least 75% protected time for recently independent scientists to focus on their research careers.   Applicants must describe their current commitments and justify the need for additional protected research time.  Investigators who are well-established in their fields are considered ineligible.  Some indicators of having achieved this status are tenure or the equivalent, or considerable research support that already requires commitment of a major part of the investigator’s time.

Grant Support –   Eligibility for a K02 award is limited to those who have an active NICHD grant at the time of award.   Applicants must be a named PD/PI on an active R01 or equivalent grant or on a sub-project of a multi-component research project.    PD/PIs on R03 or R21 grants are not eligible.  At the time of the K02 award, the K02 project period should overlap by at least two years with the NICHD research project grant support (excluding any period of no-cost extension). If the qualifying grant lapses during the K02 project period, the K02 support may be continued for one year after the lapse so the PI can obtain new or renewal funding. If no additional support has been obtained at that time, NICHD may terminate the K02 award.

Research Plan –   The K02 research plan may comprise a new research trajectory or an expansion of one or more specific aims of an ongoing grant.  The K02 research plan should not merely duplicate the aims of other funded projects.  Any overlap in specific aims or effort will be negotiated with Grants Management prior to award.  Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NICHD Scientific/Research Contact prior to preparing an application.

Renewals –  Competing K02 renewal applications are not accepted.

Salary Support –  Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support –  Up to $25,000 per year.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Scientific/Research:
Daniel A. Sklare, Ph.D.
Division of Scientific Programs
Executive Plaza So., Rm. 400C
6120 Executive Blvd. , MSC-7180
Bethesda , MD 20892-7180
Phone: (301) 496-1804
Email: sklared@nidcd.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
Mr. Christopher Myers
Grants Management Branch
Division of Extramural Activities
Executive Plaza So., Rm. 400B
6120 Executive Blvd. , MSC-7180
Bethesda , MD 20892-7180
Phone: (301) 402-0909
Email: myersc@mail.nih.gov

NIDCD Specific Information:

Are competing K02 renewals accepted? No.

The NIDCD K02 program is a salary-only award providing at least 75% protected research time to recently independent scientists having Federal or non-Federal peer-reviewed research grant support (as Principal Investigator) within the NIDCD scientific mission for a period of at least two years beyond the anticipated award date of the K02 award.  Applicants for NIDCD K02 awards must have demonstrated independent research accomplishments at the time of application, but not yet be considered well-established in the research area of the application.  The K02 research plan can comprise an ongoing independent research program, an expansion of one or more research aims of an ongoing grant, or a new research trajectory (if research support is in place); the scope of the research plan should be made clear in the application.  If the requested K02 project period will exceed the period of funded independent grant support, the candidate should address his/her plans concerning continuing research support (e.g., planned grant application submissions).

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director listed as the Scientific/Research Contact prior to preparing an application.

Salary Support: Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: None

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

Scientific/Research:
Lynn Mertens King, Ph.D.
Chief, Research Training and Career Development Branch
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH
6701 Democracy Blvd, Room 690
Bethesda MD 20892-4878
Telephone: 301-594-5006
Fax: 301-402-7033
Email: lynn.king@nih.gov



Financial/Grants Management:
Dede Rutberg, MBA
Grants Management Branch
6701 Democracy, Room 656
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Phone: (301) 594-4798
Email: rutbergd@mail.nih.gov

NIDCR Specific Information:

Are competing K02 renewals accepted? No.

To be eligible, applicants must be investigators with active NIDCR research project grant support at the time of submission and award. For the purposes of this policy, PIs of R03 and R21 grants are not eligible.

The K02 award can be funded for up to five years, as long as the research project grant remains active. If a competitive renewal of the research project grant is not successful, K02 support can be continued for one year to allow for a resubmission of the competitive renewal application.

Salary Support: Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: Up to $15,000 per year.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Scientific/Research:
Mimi M. Ghim, Ph.D.
Office of Science Policy and Communications, 6001 Executive Blvd., Rm 5232, MSC 9591
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 443-6071
Email: ghimm@mail.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
Carol Alderson
Grants Management Branch
6101 Executive Boulevard, Suite 270
Bethesda, MD 20892-8403
Phone: (301) 933-6196
Email: ca10h@nih.gov

NIDA Specific Information:

Are competing K02 renewals accepted? The K02 is renewable one time only.

NIDA uses the K02 mechanism broadly, to support scientists at various stages of their independent research careers (e.g., newly independent; mid-career) as a means of enhancing their research programs. This award, however, is not intended for senior scientists who are recognized leaders in the alcohol, or drug abuse, or related research fields. For additional guidance or information, please see NOT-DA-11-005 or speak with NIDA program. Please see NIDA's budget/salary guidelines at NOT-DA-06-013.

Salary Support: Up to $90,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: Research support is not provided except for predominantly theoretical work, such as modeling or computer simulation, in which case up to $25,000 per year can be obtained.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Scientific/Research:
Carol Shreffler, Ph.D.
Program Administrator, Training and Career Development
P. O. Box 12233
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Phone: (919) 541-1445
Email: Shreffl1@niehs.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
Lisa Edwards
Division of Extramural Research and Training
530 Davis Drive, Room 3056
Durham, NC  27713
Phone: (919) 541-0751
Email: archer@niehs.nih.gov

NIEHS Specific Information:

Are competing K02 renewals accepted? No.

Strong preference is given to candidates with active research project grant support from the NIEHS. If R01 grant support is from another NIH Institute, the candidate must propose a research project and career development program which is expected to have a defined impact on the environmental health sciences, be directly responsive to the mission of the NIEHS, show a decided career shift to the environmental health sciences, and commit to directing an R01 submission to the NIEHS within the first two years of the K02 award which proposes to study the human health effects of an environmentally relevant agent. Examples of environmentally relevant agents include industrial chemicals or manufacturing byproducts, metals, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants and other inhaled toxicants, particulates or fibers, fungal, bacterial, or biologically derived toxins. Agents considered non-responsive to this announcement include, but are not limited to: alcohol, chemotherapeutic agents, radiation which is not the result of an ambient environmental exposure, smoking, except when considered as a secondary smoke exposure as a component in the indoor environment (particularly in children), drugs of abuse, pharmaceuticals, and infectious or parasitic agents, except when these are disease co-factors to an environmental toxicant exposure to produce the biological effect. PIs on R03 and R21 grant support are not eligible.

Salary Support: Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: Up to $25,000 per year.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Scientific/Research:
Nancy L Desmond, Ph.D.
6001 Executive Blvd., Room 7197, MSC 9645
Bethesda, MD 20892-9645
Phone: (301) 443-3107
Email: ndesmond@nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
Rebecca Claycamp, MS, CRA
Chief, Grants Management Officer
6001 Executive Blvd, MSC 9605
Bethesda, MD  20892-9605
Phone: (301) 443-2811
Email: rclaycam@mail.nih.gov

NIMH Specific Information:

Are competing K02 renewals accepted? No.

Only investigators with active, peer-reviewed, independent research support from the NIMH at the time of submission may apply for a K02 award from NIMH. The applicant must be one of the named PIs, at the time of review, on active R01, R37, P01, P20, P30, P50, UM1, U01, U10, U19, or U54 grants. Investigators who are subproject investigators on NIMH P or U series grants, or who are principal investigators on a subcontract of any other grant mechanism, are not eligible. At the time of the K02 award, sufficient time should remain on the qualifying NIMH research project grant that the K02 project period will overlap by at least two years with the NIMH research project grant support (excluding any period of no-cost extension). If the K02 project period will exceed the project period of funded, independent research grant support, a plan for continued independent research support should be provided in the K02 application. If support for the qualifying NIMH research project grant lapses during the K02 project period, the K02 support may be continued for one year after the lapse in funding to allow for a resubmission of the qualifying research application.  If the resubmission is unsuccessful, NIMH may terminate the K02 award at that time.

Scientists who hold a position with committed salary support for research or whose primary responsibility is administrative must demonstrate a compelling need for a K02 award. 

See http://www.nimh.nih.gov/research-funding/training/career-development-programs-k-series.shtml for information about NIMH’s support for K programs.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact their NIMH program officer to discuss their interests in this program.

Salary Support: Up to $90,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: Generally not provided.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Scientific/Research:
Stephen Korn, Ph.D.
6001 Executive Blvd, Room 2186
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 496-4188
Email: korns@ninds.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
Donna James
Grants Management Branch
6001 Executive Blvd., NSC/Rm. 3249
Bethesda, MD 20892-9537
Phone: (301) 496-9231
Email: jamesd@mail.nih.gov

NINDS Specific Information:

Are competing K02 renewals accepted? No.

In contrast to requirements of other institutes, applicants are not eligible for this award if they have a major, independent, peer-reviewed research grant (R01, subproject on a P01, or equivalent) prior to receiving the K02 award. This program supports the continued career development of clinician-scientists that are committed to a career in neuroscience research. The award provides salary and research costs for the first three years, and continued salary support for years four and five, contingent on successful competition for an R01 or equivalent award. Because a K02 from NINDS is intended for those who are not yet ready to compete successfully for an R01, candidates for the K02 may not submit a K02 and an R01 during the same grant cycle, and may not have both a K02 and an R01 pending simultaneously. Applicants should refer to the NINDS website (http://www.ninds.nih.gov/funding/postdoc.htm#k02) for NINDS-specific instructions.

Salary Support: Up to $105,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: Up to $50,000 per year.

Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)

Scientific/Research:
Dr. Rebecca Costello
Office of Dietary Supplements, NIH
6100 Executive Blvd., Rm. 3B01
Bethesda, MD 20892-7517
Phone: 301-435-3605
FAX: 301-480-1845
Email: costellb@od.nih.gov  

Financial/Grants Management:
Tammy Dickinson
6100 Executive Blvd., Rm. 2B03
Bethesda, MD 20892-7517
Phone: 301-402-2911
FAX: 301-480-7660
Email: dickinst@od.nih.gov  

ODS Specific Information:

ODS does not receive applications, and does not fund applications directly, but provides funds to other ICs to support areas aligned with the mission of ODS.

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