Grants and Funding
NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00) (PA-11-197)
Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts
Release Date: April 8, 2011
Expiration Date: January 14, 2014


NIH Institute or Center Contacts

Institute/Center Specific Information

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Center for Cancer Training
Cancer Training Branch
Branch Phone: 240-276-5630

Scientific/Research Contact:
Michael Schmidt, Ph.D
Program Director
E-mail: mschmidt@mail.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact:

Barbara J. Liesenfeld
Grants Management Specialist
Office of Grants Administration
National Cancer Institute, NIH
Email: liesenfb@mail.nih.gov
Phone: 240-276-6294

NCI-Specific Information:

The NCI accepts K99/R00 applications that propose laboratory-based cancer research.

NCI encourages those involved in non-laboratory based research to consider applying for the NCI K07 (Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavioral and Population Sciences Career Development Award), or the NCI K22 (NCI Transition Career Development Award) mechanisms.

Additional NCI-specific information/requirements can be found on http://www.cancer.gov/researchandfunding/cancertraining/outsidenci/k99.

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

Research Support: Up to $30,000 per year.

Award start dates are determined by the availability of NCI funds and may not occur until after the earliest possible start date.

National Eye Institute (NEI)

Scientific/Research:
Neeraj Agarwal, Ph.D.             
NEI Training Director
5635 Fishers Lane, Suite 1300
Rockville, MD 20892-9300
Phone: (301) 451-2020
Email: agarwalnee@mail.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
William W. Darby
Grants Management Branch
Division of Extramural Research
5635 Fishers Lane, Suite 1300,Rockville, MD 20892-9300
Phone: (301) 451-2020
Email: wwd@nei.nih.gov

NEI Specific Information:

NEI will accept applications for funding that are responsive to programmatic priority areas for research within vision and Ophthalmology as detailed in the National Plan for Eye and Vision Research found at www.nei.nih.gov.

Salary Support: NEI will provide salary support commensurate with the applicant institution's salary structure for persons of equivalent qualifications, experience, and rank.

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

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Scientific/Research:
Extramural programs:
Helena O. Mishoe, Ph.D., MPH
Director, Office of Research Training and Minority Health
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 9180, MSC 7913
Bethesda, MD 20892-7913
Phone: (301) 451-5081
Email: mishoeh@nhlbi.nih.gov

Intramural programs:
Herbert Geller, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Education
Division of Intramural Research
Building 10, Room 6N248
10 Center Drive, MSC 1754
Bethesda, MD 20892-1754
Phone: (301) 451-9440
Email: gellerh@nhlbi.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
Mr. Robert J. Munk
Grants Management Specialist
National Heart Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Office of Grants Management
Rockledge II, Room 7140, MSC 7926
6701 Rockledge Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892-7926
Phone: 301-443-9160
FAX: 301-451-5462
Email: rmunk@mail.nih.gov

NHLBI Specific Information:

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: Up to $25,000 per year.

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Scientific/Research:
Bettie J. Graham, Ph.D.
Program Director
Suite 4076
5635 Fishers Lane
Rockville , MD 20852
Phone: (301) 496-7531
Email: Bettie_graham@nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
Cheryl Chick
Chief Grants Management Officer
Suite 4076
5635 Fishers Lane
Rockville , MD 20852
Phone: (301) 435-7858
Email: ChickC@mail.nih.gov

NHGRI Specific Information:

Prospective applicants are encourage to read: Charting a course for genomic medicine from base pairs to bedside, published February 10, 2011 in Nature (http://www.genome.gov/Pages/About/Planning/2011NHGRIStrategicPlan.pdf)  to familiarize themselves with the research areas of interest to the Institute which include genomics, proteomics, population genomics, and the ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) related to genetics and genomics. 

Program Directors (http://www.genome.gov/12010674) are available to discuss with potential applicants their concept for this initiative during the development stages of the application.

Salary Support: NHGRI does not impose any salary restriction on the R00 phase of the award beyond that imposed legislatively. The total salary requested must be based on a full-time, 12 month staff appointment for at least 75% effort.

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

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: laffertt@nia.nih.gov

NIA Specific Information:

See below.

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

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

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Scientific/Research:
Lindsey Grandison, Ph.D.
Division of Neuroscience and Behavior
5635 Fishers Lane
Bethesda, MD 20892-9304
Phone: (301) 443-0606
Email: lgrandis@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:

NIAAA sponsors a variety of career development programs to ensure the development of highly qualified investigators in alcohol-related research.  Opportunities under the K99/R00 program include research in the social, behavioral, biological and mathematical sciences as related to alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

Postdoctoral fellows currently receiving NIAAA support through the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA program (T32 or F32) and postdoctoral fellows in the NIAAA intramural program (DICBR) should also consider the NIAAA Career Transition Award (K22) described at: PAR-06-096.  

The K22 and K99/R00 programs are both intended for postdoctoral fellows whose formal research training is nearly complete, and who will soon begin searching for faculty positions.  Those whose career development would benefit from further mentored training should also consider the mentored Career Development Awards offered by NIAAA (e.g., K01, K08, K23, K25).   Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Institute program staff to help choose among these career development options.

For general information about NIAAA research interests and training programs, consult http://www.niaaa.nih.gov. For more information on NIAAA policies on K award support, see NOT-AA-10-005, Notice of Change in NIAAA Policy on K Award Support (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AA-10-005.html).

Salary Support: Up to $90,000 plus fringe benefits per year. Minimum 75 percent level of effort.  Details at NOT-AA-10-005.

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

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:

NIAID encourages and will give preference to applications requesting 1 year of support for the mentored K99 phase and 2 years for support for the independent R00 phase of the award.

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

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

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

Scientific/Research:
Amanda Taylor Boyce, Ph.D.
Program Director
Division of Musculoskeletal Diseases
EP/NIAMS/NIH
1 Democracy Plaza, Suite 800
6701 Democracy Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20892
301-594-5055
boycea@mail.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
Yen Thach
Grants Management Specialist
6701 Democracy Boulevard
One Democracy Plaza, Suite 846
Bethesda, MD 20892-4872
Phone: (301) 594-3505
Email: thachy@mail.nih.gov

NIAMS Specific Information:

Information about NIAMS funding mechanisms is available at http://www.niams.nih.gov/Funding/Funding_Opportunities/activity_codes.asp.

Salary Support: NIAMS will provide up to $50,000 per year for salary support (up to $75,000 per year for applicants with an M.D. degree), plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

Scientific/Research:
Zeynep Erim, Ph.D.
Division of Interdisciplinary Training
6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20892-5477
Phone: (301) 435-6686  
Email: erimz@mail.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
Florence Turska
Grants Management Branch
6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 900
Bethesda , MD 20892
Phone: (301) 451-4782
Email: turskaf@mail.nih.gov

NIBIB Specific Information:

More information on NIBIB Career Awards can be found at http://www.nibib.nih.gov/training-careers/junior-investigator. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director listed above to determine if their application is appropriate to NIBIB, to verify eligibility, and to identify the most suitable training mechanism.

Salary Support: Up to $50,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.

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:
Ryan Talesnik 
Grants Management Specialist
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
6100 Executive Blvd., Room 8A170, MSC 7510
Bethesda, Maryland  20892-7510
(for express/courier use, use Rockville, MD 20852)
Telephone: (301) 435-6976
FAX: (301) 451-5510
Email: talesnikr@mail.nih.gov

NICHD Specific Information:

  • 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.
  • The K99/R00 program is designed for postdoctoral fellows (PhDs, MDs, or other) whose formal research training is nearly complete, and who expect to find a tenure-track or equivalent faculty position within 2 years of receiving the award.  Those whose career development would benefit from further research training should also consider the mentored Career Development Awards offered by NICHD (e.g., K01, K08, K23, K25).   Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to email or call the NICHD Scientific/Research Contact to help choose among these career development award mechanisms, to determine K99/R00 eligibility, and to assess relevance of the proposed project to the NICHD mission.

  • Awardees must spend at least one year on the K99 phase of the award.

    • For the K99 phase of the award, NICHD provides salary of up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year, and up to $25,000 for research support costs per year (direct cost amounts).   Requests up to these limits are allowed even if the total costs (direct costs plus 8% F & A costs) exceed $90,000 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:

The NIDCD welcomes applications from postdoctoral scientists seeking to establish an independent research career in areas of research supported by the Institute: hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. 

Prior to commencing the third year of the independent investigator (R00) award phase, NIDCD awardees will be expected to have submitted an investigator-initiated research grant (R01) application.

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

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

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

Scientific/Research:
Leslie A. Frieden, PhD
Training Officer, Research Training and Career Development Branch
6701 Democracy, Room 688
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 496-4263
Email: friedenla@mail.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:

The NIDCR welcomes applications from postdoctoral scientists seeking to establish an independent research career in research areas relevant to the NIDCR Strategic Plan (http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchPriorities/StrategicPlan/)
Previous K awardees are not generally eligible to apply for a second K award; however, the NIDCR will accept K99/R00 applications from dentist scientists who have used a NIDCR- K08 or K23 award to earn a PhD. Such applicants must have been awarded the PhD before applying. All other K99/R00 eligibility requirements and conditions apply. While early transitions to the R00 phase may be permitted, all applicants must propose a 2 year K99 phase.

The NIDCR will not accept K99/R00 applications which propose to conduct a multisite clinical study, a clinical trial or clinical biomarker evaluation study. Clinician scientists seeking training in the conduct of clinical trials or biomarker evaluation studies should instead propose an ancillary study within an on-going research program. For NIDCR policy regarding support of clinical trials and biomarker evaluation studies, see NOT-DE-11-002 New NIDCR Policy: Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials Include Biomarker Clinical Evaluation Studies.

NIDCR has a 6 year limit of cumulative support on institutional K awards (e.g., K12, KL2) and individual mentored K awards (e.g., K08, K23, K25, K99). Dentists who have used NIDCR K08 or K23 awards to support PhD training may be eligible for a waiver of this limit.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the program official identified in the contact table before preparing an application to discuss eligibility requirements and the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s research priorities.

Salary Support: Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year (K99 phase).

Research Support: Up to $25,000 per year (K99 phase).

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Scientific/Research:
Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases:
James F. Hyde, Ph.D.
Room 789
Phone: (301) 594-7692
Email: HydeJ@mail.nih.gov

Digestive & Liver Diseases, Nutrition, and Obesity:
Judith Podskalny, Ph.D.
Room 667
Phone: (301) 594-8876
Email: PodskalnyJ@mail.nih.gov

Kidney and Urologic Diseases
Tracy L. Rankin, Ph.D.
Room 623
Phone: (301) 594-4748
Email: rankint@mail.nih.gov

Hematologic Disorders:
Terry Rogers Bishop, Ph.D.
Room 619
Phone: (301) 594-7726
Email: BishopT@mail.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
Aricia M. Ajosa, MPA
Rm 725
Phone: (301) 594-9023
Email: ajosea@mail.nih.gov

NIDDK address:
6707 Democracy Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20892-5458

NIDDK Specific Information:

NIDDK will accept K99/R00 applications from well-qualified postdoctoral fellows working in the areas of research supported by NIDDK: diabetes, endocrinology, metabolic diseases, obesity, nutrition, digestive and liver diseases, kidney and urological disorders, and hematologic diseases. Information on the NIDDK K99/R00 program can be found at http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/Funding/TrainingCareerDev/K99
Applicants should consider applying for the NIDDK K01 award (PAR-09-060) as an alternative to the K99/R00.

The NIDDK provides further information on all K-award programs on our training and career development website: http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/Funding/TrainingCareerDev/.

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

Research Support: Up to $25,000 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
Deputy Chief Grants Management Officer
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 4218, MSC 9560
Bethesda, MD 20892-9560
Phone: (301) 933-6196
Email: ca10h@nih.gov

NIDA Specific Information:

Applicants are encouraged to visit the following Web site to learn more about NIDA research training related opportunities and resources: http://www.nida.nih.gov/researchtraining/traininghome.html.

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

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

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:

Research projects proposed should have a defined focus in the environmental health sciences, and be responsive to the mission of the NIEHS, which is distinguished from that of other Institutes by its support of research programs seeking to understand how environmental exposures alter biologic processes and affect the risk of either disease development or the distribution of disease in populations. Examples of environmental exposures relevant to the mission of the NIEHS include industrial chemicals or manufacturing by-products, metals, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants and other inhaled toxicants, particulates or fibers, fungal or bacterially derived toxins due to ambient exposures. Agents considered to belong to the mission area of other NIH Institutes include: alcohol, chemotherapeutic agents, ionizing radiation, drugs of abuse, pharmaceuticals, smoking (except second-hand smoke), and infectious or parasitic agents, except when these are disease co-factors with an environmental toxicant exposure to produce the biological effect. Projects focusing on ecology, ecologic or microbial biotransformation, ecologic biodegradation and remediation, ecological monitoring, wildlife and fisheries biology or studies of sentinel species, geochemistry and other ecologically based environmental studies are not considered responsive to this Program Announcement. Research in veterinary medicine where the endpoint is animal health or in food science is also not responsive. Proposals for research in exposure assessment should concentrate on exposure biology, which is at the interface of exposures and human health, and research centered on biomarkers as indicators of body burden, pathophysiological changes, or inception/progression of disease, rather than environmental measurement of ambient contact or point of exposure.

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

Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Scientific/Research:
Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics:
Paula Flicker, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 594-0828
Email: flickerp@nigms.nih.gov

Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology:
Michelle R. J. Hamlet, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-0943
Email: hamletm@mail.nih.gov

Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry:
Barbara Gerratana, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-3827
E-mail: gerratanab@nigms.nih.gov

Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity:
Michael A Sesma, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-3900
E-mail: msesma@nigms.nih.gov

Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology:
Stephen Marcus, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-2987
Email: marcusst@mail.nih.gov

NIGMS address:
45 Center Drive
Bethesda , MD 20892-62002

Financial/Grants Management:
Erica West
Phone: 301- 594 -3917
E-mail: weste@nigms.nih.gov

NIGMS Specific Information:

The NIGMS encourages postdoctoral trainees to apply by their third year of postdoctoral training. Awardees must complete at least one full year of mentored training under the K99 phase before transitioning to the R00 phase. Individuals who already have extensive postdoctoral training and expect to transition to an independent position in less than one year may not be appropriate for this grant mechanism.  In making funding decisions, the NIGMS will give high priority to applications directly related to the missions of the five Institute divisions and center (http://www.nigms.nih.gov/About/Overview). New K99 awards are generally made from April through September. Before preparing an application, each investigator is encouraged to contact NIGMS staff to discuss the potential application. In some cases, the applicant may discover that there are better options for his/her specific situation.

Eligibility:The Pathway to Independence Award is limited to postdoctoral trainees who, at the time of initial application or resubmission, have less than five years of research-related experience since completing requirements for the doctoral degree. NIGMS does not intend to use this award to support individuals who already have faculty appointments including assistant professor, clinical assistant professor, research assistant professor, and instructor or their equivalent in academia, industry, or elsewhere.

Exceptions to the Five-year Limit:In unusual circumstances, exceptions to the 5-year limit may be approved. An exception may be considered when a significant change in fields of study has occurred, such as moving from physical science to life science research, or when a significant break in training has occurred as a result of family responsibilities. Such unique exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis. Investigators are encouraged to contact NIGMS staff to discuss issues regarding eligibility prior to applying. In a cover letter with the application, the investigator should include an explanation of the special circumstances of his/her career training that warrants consideration for an exception. The applicant should provide similar information in the career development section of the application.

Salary Support: Up to $60,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: Up to $20,000 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:

The NIMH welcomes applications from postdoctoral scientists seeking to establish an independent research career in areas of research supported by the Institute. The NIMH supports a broad spectrum of basic and translational research, including basic neuroscience, human genetics, adult and developmental translational research, services and intervention research, and AIDS-related research (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/organization/nimh-extramural-research-programs.shtml).  Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Institute career development staff (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/research-funding/training/contacts-for-research-training-and-career-development-programs.shtml) before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s current research priorities and for guidance on the proposed research and career development plans. Applicants are expected to describe a clearly defined path for transition to independence, including milestones, in their applications. 

Awardees are expected to complete at least one full year of mentored training under the K99 phase before transitioning to the R00 phase. Individuals who already have extensive postdoctoral training and expect to transition to an independent position in less than one year may not be appropriate candidates for this program.

Exceptions to the Five-year Eligibility Limit: In unusual circumstances, exceptions to the 5-year limit may be approved. An exception may be considered when a significant change in fields of study has occurred, such as moving from physical science to life science research, or when a significant break in training has occurred as a result of family responsibilities or medical leave. Such unique exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis. Investigators are expected to contact NIMH staff to discuss issues regarding eligibility prior to applying and to learn if their circumstance warrants an exception. If approved, a cover letter with the application should include an explanation of the special circumstances that warrant consideration for an exception. The applicant should provide similar information in the career development section of the application.

Prior to commencing the third year of the independent investigator (R00) award phase, NIMH awardees are expected to have submitted an investigator-initiated research grant (R01) application. 

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

Salary Support: Effective with applications submitted for the February 12, 2013, deadline, up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.  Practicing physician-scientists may be eligible for up to $90,000 salary plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.

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:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Korn with any questions about eligibility or other questions about the K99/R00 program.  More information, including NINDS requirements for transition to R00 support, can be found on the NINDS website: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/funding/postdoc.htm#k99.

Note: NINDS does not allow carry-over of K99 funds into the R00 period. When the postdoctoral position ends, the K99 terminates. The R00 can begin as early as the start date of the awardee’s job, contingent on NINDS receiving the R00 application with sufficient advance notice.

Salary Support: Normally, salary up to $50,000 plus fringe benefits for each K99 year. Practicing clinician-scientists may be eligible for up to $95,000 salary.

Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

Scientific/Research:
David Banks, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.S.W., RN
Program Director, Office of Extramural Programs
National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH
6701 Democracy Blvd., Suite 710
One Democracy Plaza
Bethesda, MD 20892-4870
Telephone: (301) 496-9558
Fax: 301-480-8260 
Email: banksdh@mail.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management: Ron Wertz
Grants Management Specialist
National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH
6701 Democracy Blvd, Rm. 710
One Democracy Plaza
Bethesda, MD 20892-4870 (Courier use 20817)
Phone: 301-594-2807

NINR Specific Information:

NINR welcomes applications from postdoctoral scientists who have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing and are seeking to establish an independent research career on preventing, delaying the onset, and slowing the progression of disease and disability. This includes finding effective approaches to achieving and sustaining a healthy lifestyle, easing the symptoms of illness, improving quality of life for patients and caregivers, eliminating health disparities, and addressing issues at the end of life. NINR supports basic research relevant to its mission, in order to provide a sound scientific basis for changes in clinical practice. In keeping with the importance of translational research in various settings, NINR's major emphasis is on interdisciplinary research. NINR's research program is guided by four strategies intended to advance science:

  • integrating biology and behavior
  • designing and using new technology
  • developing new tools
  • preparing the next generation of nurse scientists

Central to the themes of our research are the important roles that the patient, the family and other caregivers, and the community play in promoting health and managing disease and disability. Science areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, end of life, biobehavioral research, genetics, epigenetics, and incorporation of advanced technology. As our science grows, NINR is focusing on ways to stimulate its future development by incorporating new tools and analytical approaches such as informatics and meta-analyses. The role of interdisciplinary research teams is a priority and will continue to increase. The Institute is committed to training new investigators, with attention to the areas of greatest need and to strategies for encouraging young investigators and members of groups underrepresented into science.

Salary Support: Up to $50, 000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Scientific/Research:
For  Clinical/Public Health Informatics:
Hua-Chuan Sim, MD
Email: simh@mail.nih.gov

For Translational Bioinformatics:
Jane Ye, PhD
Email: yej@mail.nih.gov

For Consumer Informatics:
Alan VanBiervliet, PhD
Email: alan.vanbiervliet@nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
Dwight Mowery
Email: moweryd@mail.nih.gov

NLM Specific Information:

NLM supports research career development in clinical/public health informatics, translational bioinformatics, and consumer informatics. We define informatics as the intersection of computer, information and behavioral sciences with one or more application domains. Application domains of interest include health care delivery, basic biomedical research, clinical and translational research, public health and others. Whatever the application domain, the research career focus must be informatics. Preference will be given to applicants who received their informatics training at one of NLM's university-based training programs in Biomedical Informatics.

Salary Support: Up to $50,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Scientific/Research:
Alberto L. Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D.
Program Director
HIV/AIDS, Training, and Special Populations Portfolios
Division of Extramural Research
National  Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Tel: (301) 443-8372
Fax: 301-480-3621
Email: riverara@mail.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
George Tucker, M.B.A.
Chief Grants Management Officer
6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 401, MSC 5475
Bethesda, MD 20892-5475
Phone: (301) 594-9102
Email: gt35v@nih.gov

NCCAM Specific Information:

NCCAM accepts only applications that propose basic research projects in areas of NCCAM's interest and priorities.

  • Salary Support: Commensurate with the applicant institution's salary structure for persons of equivalent qualifications, experience, and rank.

  • Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.

  • Before the application receipt date, investigators are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposed research interest with an NCCAM Program Officer in the specific scientific area and/or intervention that is closely-related to the proposed project to confirm its relevance to NCCAM's mission and research priorities. A list of NCCAM program officials can be found at http://nccam.nih.gov/grants/contact#area

  • Applications should clearly demonstrate that the investigator has the appropriate background and expertise to conduct the proposed research under the mentor(s) guidance and that the mentor(s) is/are fully committed to the project's completion.

  • Applications proposing the use of natural products or devices in an interventional research project should explicitly describe the status of the Investigational New Drug (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE). Applicants interested in natural products research are encouraged to review NCCAM's Natural Product Integrity Policy.

  • Applicants are strongly encouragedto provide clear evidence that adequate resources are available at the institution for the successful completion of the proposed research project. Applications should include explicit statements from the institution and the mentor(s) addressing the following:

    1. Commitment to and support for the development of the applicant as an independent research investigator;
    2. Detailed information about who will provide the necessary resources;
    3. Funding source and amount of additional funding (as needed);
    4. Support staff available and committed to the project;
    5. Allocation of sufficient protected time for the K awardee to conduct the research;
    6. Availability of biostatistical support for the duration of the study - including the planning period; and
    7. A contingency plan (for the institution and mentor) for completion of the study in the event the awardee leaves the institution earlier than the end date of the award.

Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP)

Scientific/Research:
Bruce A. Fuchs, Ph.D.
Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), NIH 
6701 Democracy Blvd., Room 946
Bethesda, MD 20892-4877
V 301-402-5225
F 301-480-3819
bruce.fuchs@nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management:
Judy Musgrave
Office of Grants Management, NCATS/ORIP, NIH
6701 Democracy Boulevard, Room 1048 MSC 4874
Bethesda MD 20892-4874
Phone: (301) 435-0841
Email: musgravj@mail.nih.gov

ORIP Specific Information:

ORIP develops and makes available tools and infrastructure for biomedical research. Applications in response to this program announcement must focus on research in the development of novel technologies, methods, and software that enable and transform our approaches to biomedical research problems. Novel instrumentation, computational and informatics tools, and analytical methods are all appropriate. Awardees must complete at least one full year of mentored training under the K99 phase before transitioning to the R00 phase. Individuals who already have extensive postdoctoral training and expect to transition to an independent position in less than one year may not be appropriate for this grant mechanism.

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

Research Support: Up to $20,000 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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