Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (Parent K08) (PA-11-193)
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Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (Parent K08) (PA-14-046)
Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts
Release Date: December 19, 2013
Expiration Date: January 8, 2017


NIH Institute or Center Contacts

Institute/Center Specific Information

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Sonia B. Jakowlew, Ph.D.
Phone: 240-276-5630
Email: jakowles@mail.nih.gov

Susan N. Perkins, Ph.D
Phone: 240-276-5630
Email: perkinsu@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Barbara J. Liesenfeld
Phone: 240-276-6294
Email: liesenfb@mail.nih.gov

NCI-Specific Information:

The NCI K08 award provides support and “protected time” to non-tenured clinician-scientists interested in mentored basic and/or translational cancer research. Candidates must have a clinical degree and practice clinically. Documentation of active licensure must be included in the application.
For Diversity Career Development Awards, please see the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) at http://crchd.cancer.gov/diversity/cure-overview.html.
Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director to discuss various potential awards.
Additional NCI-specific information/requirements can be found on
http://www.cancer.gov/researchandfunding/cancertraining/outsidenci/k08.
Award start dates are determined by the availability of NCI funds and may not occur until after the earliest possible start date.

Salary Support: Up to $100,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $30,000 per year.

National Eye Institute (NEI)

Scientific/Research:
Neeraj Agarwal, Ph.D.             
Phone: (301) 451-2020
Email: agarwalnee@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
William W. Darby
Phone: (301) 451-2020
Email: wwd@nei.nih.gov

NEI Specific Information:

Salary Support: Up to the current legislative cap, plus fringe benefits, per year. 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 Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Scientific Program Contact:
Drew E. Carlson, PhD
Phone: (301) 435-0535
Email:  carlsonde@nhlbi.nih.gov  

Grants Management Contact:
Ms. Norma G. DeGuzman
Phone: (301) 496-6740
Email:   deguzman@nhlbi.nih.gov

NHLBI Specific Information:

NHLBI has a 6 year limit of cumulative support on institutional and mentored Ks (e.g., K12 or KL2 plus the K08).
Eligibility: Candidates must have a health professional doctoral degree, such as the M.D., D.O., D.V.M., or equivalent degree, and a professional license to practice in the United States.  Documentation of active licensure should be included in the application.
Advisory Committee: NHLBI strongly encourages K08 candidates to include an Advisory Committee composed of the candidate’s mentor(s) and two or three other senior faculty members.  If the candidate does not propose an Advisory Committee, she/he should document which individuals are available to cover all areas of expertise that are required for the research plan and career development.
Concurrent Competing Applications: K08 applicants may not hold any other Federal or non-Federal equivalent salary award, such as the American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant.

Application Material: NHLBI suggests that K08 applications include biographical sketches of the collaborators and consultants.

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 Program Contact:
Heather A. Junkins, M.S.
Email: junkinsh@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Susan Toy
Phone:  301-443-4935
Email:  toys@mail.nih.gov

NHGRI Specific Information:

Based on a training workshop in April 2013 with subsequent follow up with NHGRI’s Council, NHGRI has re-defined the goals for its research and training and career development programs. NHGRI will participate in the K08 with a focus on genomic medicine: For details, consult Notice NOT-HG-14-019 located at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HG-14-019.html.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Program Directors to discuss their concept for this initiative during the development stages of the application.

Salary Support: Up to Executive Level 1 (FY2014 published amount)
Research Support: Up to $40,000 per year

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Scientific Program Contact:
Chyren Hunter, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 496-9322
Email: Hunterc@nia.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Ms. Traci Lafferty, NIA
Phone: (301) 496-1472
Email: lafferT@nia.nih.gov

NIA Specific Information:

See: http://www.nia.nih.gov/research/dea/research-training-and-career-award-support .

Salary Support: Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Scientific Program Contact:
Aaron White, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-443-4704
Email: whitea4@mail.nih.gov  

Grants Management Contact:
Judy Fox
Phone: (301)
Email: jfox@mail.nih.gov

NIAAA Specific Information:

NIAAA sponsors a variety of fellowships and career development programs to ensure the training of highly qualified new investigators in alcohol-related research.  Career development opportunities under this announcement include mentored research in the social, behavioral, biological and mathematical sciences as related to alcohol abuse and alcoholism..

Salary Support: Up to $90,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $50,000 per year.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Scientific Program Contact:
Katrin Eichelberg, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-496-0818
Email: ke39x@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Chernay Mason
Phone: (301) 435-2068
Email: Chernay.Mason@nih.gov

NIAID Specific Information:

Salary Support: Up to $90,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $50,000 per year.

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

Scientific Program Contact:
Amanda Taylor Boyce, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-5055
Email: boycea@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Yen Thach
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: Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

Scientific Program Contact:
Zeynep Erim, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 451-4797
Email: erimz@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Florence Turska 
Phone: (301) 451-4782 
Email: turskaf@mail.nih.gov

NIBIB Specific Information:

NIBIB will fund K08 awards for 3 or 4 years.  Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director listed on the left to determine if their application is appropriate for a K08 award through the NIBIB.
More information on this and other NIBIB Career Awards can be found at http://www.nibib.nih.gov/training-careers/junior-investigator.
Salary Support: Up to $105,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: Up to $40,000 per year.

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

Scientific Program Contact:
Dennis A. Twombly, Ph.D.
Phone:  301-451-3371
Email:  dtwombly@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Bryan S. Clark, MBA 
Phone: (301) 435-6975
Email: clarkb1@mail.nih.gov

NICHD Specific Information:

NICHD offers fellowships and career development awards in research areas relevant to the institute’s scientific objectives.  The general mission of NICHD is to ensure that every person is born healthy and wanted, that women suffer no harmful effects from reproductive processes, and that all children have the chance to achieve their full potential for healthy and productive lives.  In pursuit of these goals, NICHD supports a broad spectrum of research on 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/by-nichd/pages/index.aspx.

NICHD has a 6 year limit of cumulative support on institutional K awards (e.g., K12, KL2) and individual mentored K awards (e.g., K01, K08, K23, K25).

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 Program Contact:
Daniel A. Sklare, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 496-1804
Email: sklared@nidcd.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Mr. Christopher Myers
Phone: (301) 402-0909
Email: myersc@mail.nih.gov

NIDCD Specific Information:

NIDCD K08 awards are intended to facilitate the research independence of clinically-trained individuals:

  • seeking to integrate both clinical practice and research trajectories in their careers;
  • having an aggregate of two or more years of prior research experience;
  • holding or having secured positions of junior academic rank (assistant or associate professor), or the equivalent in non-academic employment settings.Applicants cannot have been at the rank of associate professor, or its equivalent, for more than two years.  Extension of this eligibility window may be possible for applicants promoted to associate professor on a clinical track, i.e., based on accomplishments in patient care and education rather than in research and scholarship.  NIDCD approval for an extension of eligibility must be granted by the NIDCD Program Contact in advance of submission.

The NIDCD encourages beginning clinician-scientists to consider applying for a short period of support through an NIDCD R03 award (PAR-13-057), if needed, to demonstrate the feasibility of the research to be proposed in their K08 applications.

The NIDCD has the following special requirements for its K08 applicants:

  • In general, the primary sponsor of the K08 shall be based at the applicant's home institution or at an institution within a reasonable distance (i.e., approximately 100 miles) of the applicant's institution to facilitate regular face-to-face contact in the mentoring relationship. However, when the appropriate primary mentor is not within proximity to the candidate, the NIDCD will consider longer-distance mentoring relationships, facilitated by videoconferencing and other communication modalities, with appropriate justification. In such cases, a secondary sponsor at the home institution shall be named.
  • The career development plan must include a graduate-level course in biostatistics and research design, to be completed during the first year of the award, or provide evidence that such training was previously completed by the applicant.
  • An external advisory committee of two scientists with records of Federal research funding and of mentoring new investigators in the field of the proposed research career development, but who are not the applicant's sponsor(s) or collaborators, shall be constituted.  The purpose of the external advisory committee is to: 1) advise the awardee in attaining the goals of the career development program; and 2) to help ensure that the institution's commitments to the terms of the award are being met.  These committee members shall commit to be available to the candidate for consultation on an as-needed basis and to site visit the awardee during Years 2 and 4 of the K08 award.   A report of the external advisory committee shall be incorporated into the mentor’s report of the (noncompeting) continuation progress report for Years 3 and 5 of the award.

NIDCD will generally limit its aggregate support of research career development across institutional and individual mentored K-awards (e.g., K12 or KL2 followed by the K08 or K23) to six years, but will allow seven years of support with written permission from the NIDCD Scientific Program Contact when the candidate changes scientific focus between the institutional and individual K-awards.

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 $105,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $80,000 per year.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

Scientific Program Contact:
Lynn Mertens King, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-5006
Email: lynn.king@nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Dede Rutberg, MBA
Grants Management Branch
Phone: (301) 594-4798
Email: rutbergd@mail.nih.gov

NIDCR Specific Information:

NIDCR sponsors the K08 Career Development Award to ensure training of highly qualified dentists or other clinicians in oral health research relevant to the NIDCR Strategic Plan. The prospective candidate must have a DDS, DMD, MD or other clinical doctoral degree. The award can be used by dentists who wish to pursue a graduate research training program that results in the Ph.D. degree. Health professionals with a doctoral degree may use the award for postdoctoral research training. The intent of this program is to support the development of independent research careers of clinician-scientists. The NIDCR will not provide support for clinical specialty training under this program.

Individuals who have been appointed to a tenure-track faculty position supported by a NIH P30 program are not eligible to apply for a mentored NIDCR Career Development Award.

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).
This limit does not apply to dentists proposing to use the NIDCR Career Development Award to support PhD training.

Salary Support:  Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $25,000 per year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

NIDDK Specific Information:

The NIDDK wishes to promote the training of physician scientists who, in addition to being excellent clinicians, are excellent researchers.  Information on the NIDDK K08 can be found at http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/Funding/TrainingCareerDev/K08.htm. The NIDDK provides further information on all K-award programs on our training and career development web site: http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/Funding/TrainingCareerDev/.

Salary Support: Up to $90,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $25,000 per year.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Scientific Program Contact:
Mimi M. Ghim, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 443-6071
Email: ghimm@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Carol Alderson
Phone: (301) 933-6196
Email: ca10h@nih.gov

NIDA Specific Information:

Please see NOT-DA-06-013 for information regarding NIDA policies on K-series career development awards.

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 Program Contact:
Carol Shreffler, Ph.D.
Phone: (919) 541-1445
Email: Shreffl1@niehs.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Lisa Edwards
Phone: (919) 541-0751
Email: archer@niehs.nih.gov

NIEHS Specific Information:

Research projects proposed in response to this announcement will be expected to have a defined impact on the environmental health sciences and be directly responsive to the mission of the NIEHS, which is distinguished from that of other Institutes by its focus on research programs seeking to link the effects of environmental exposures to the cause, mechanisms, moderation, or prevention of a human disease or disorder or relevant pathophysiologic process. Examples of environmentally relevant exposures 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, drugs of abuse,  smoking , except when the exposure is the result of second-hand exposure in the context of the indoor environment (particularly in children) and infectious or parasitic agents. Ecologic, biomonitoring, biotransformation or biodegradation studies are also not responsive except when these are incidental to an epidemiologic study. Preference will be given to candidates whose mentor has NIEHS research grant support.

Salary Support: Up to legislated cap, plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $40,000 per year.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Scientific Program Contact:
Anesthesiology
Alison Cole, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-3827
Email: colea@nigms.nih.gov

Clinical Pharmacology
Richard Okita, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-3827
Email: okitar@nigms.nih.gov

Sepsis, Innate Immunity and Inflammation
Sarah Dunsmore, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-3827
Email: dunsmores@nigms.nih.gov

Trauma and Burn Injury
Scott Somers, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-3827
Email: somerss@nigms.nih.gov

Wound Healing
Scott Somers, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-3827
Email: somerss@nigms.nih.gov  

Grants Management Contact:
Erica West
Phone: 301- 594 -3917
Email: weste@nigms.nih.gov

NIGMS Specific Information:

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) will accept applications for the K08 in the areas of anesthesiology, clinical pharmacology, sepsis, innate immunity and inflammation, trauma and burn injury, and wound healing research. NIGMS offers the K08 award to support the development of academic physicians (or individuals with comparable clinical training) into independent scientists. The candidate must be in a tenure-track or equivalent position at the time of award. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact one of the NIGMS staff listed at left early in the preparation of an application. Link to the Career Development Awards section of the NIGMS web page: http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Training/CareerDev/.
Additional information on these awards can be found at the NIGMS Web page: http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Training/CareerDev/Pages/MentoredClinicalCareer.aspx.

Salary Support: Up to $100,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $50,000 per year.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Scientific Program Contact:
Erica Rosemond, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 443-3107
Email: rosemonde@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Rebecca Claycamp, MS, CRA
Phone: (301) 443-2811
Email: rclaycam@mail.nih.gov

NIMH Specific Information:

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). 

  • Eligibility for the K08 is limited to individuals with no more than 6 years of postdoctoral experience at the time of application (either the initial or resubmission application). The NIMH will generally limit support to no more than 4 years. The requested duration of support should be appropriately justified, taking into consideration prior research experience and the proposed mentored career development goals that are essential for developing an independent, NIMH-funded research program. See NOT-MH-13-001 and http://www.nimh.nih.gov/research-funding/training/career-development-programs-k-series.shtml for further details about NIMH’s support for K programs.
  • An application must include a strong and credible plan for the candidate’s transition to research independence, including milestones, and evidence of significant institutional commitment to the continued development of the K08 candidate as an independent researcher at the applicant institution. Applicants are expected to plan to apply for independent research support during the later years of their mentored career award.
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.

Salary Support:
Up to $90,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $50,000 per year.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Scientific Program Contact:
Stephen Korn, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 496-4188
Email: korns@ninds.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
Donna James
Phone: (301) 496-9231
Email: jamesd@mail.nih.gov

NINDS Specific Information:

This program is intended to support applicants with a clinical doctoral degree, who are licensed to practice clinically, who are within 3 years of completing their clinical training (which is defined as sequential years of residency training and clinical fellowships). Applicants who are beyond 3 years post clinical training must obtain prior written approval from Director of Training and Career Development to be eligible for this program. Please see the NINDS training website for additional NINDS-specific information: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/funding/areas/training_and_career_development/index.htm.

Candidates for the K08 (other than neurosurgeons) must devote a minimum of 75% full time professional effort to research and career development activities associated with the K award. The letter of institutional commitment should include a description of the candidate's non-research responsibilities according to the following: 1/2 day = 10% of the 5 day workweek, 1 month = 8% of the year, time on call for clinical duty is not protected time for research.

Neurosurgeons must devote a minimum of 50% full time professional effort to research and career development activities associated with the K award. The letter of institutional commitment should describe, as above, the specific allocation of time (on a weekly and/or monthly basis) devoted to K award activities and clinical and other non-K award activities.

Salary Support: Up to $95,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $50,000 per year.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Scientific Program Contact:
Alberto L. Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 443-8372
Email: riverara@mail.nih.gov

Grants Management Contact:
George Tucker, M.B.A.
Phone: (301) 594-9102
Email: gt35v@nih.gov

NCCAM Specific Information:

NCCAM uses the K08 program to support individuals with a clinical/health-professional doctorate in supervised career development experiences in biomedical, behavioral, or translational fields that lead to research independence.

  • 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 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 encouraged to provide clear evidence that adequate resources are available at the institution for the successful completion of the proposed research project. Applications (particularly those proposing a human research project or proposing additional or new recruitment in conjunction with an existing clinical study) should include explicit statements from the institution and the mentor(s) addressing the following:
    1. Detailed information about who will provide the necessary resources;
    2. Funding source and amount of additional funding (as needed);
    3. Support staff available and committed to the project;
    4. Allocation of sufficient protected time for the K awardee to conduct the research;
    5. Availability of biostatistical support for the duration of the study - including the planning period; and
    6. 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.
Salary Support: Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $25,000 per year.

Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)

Scientific Program Contact:
Dr. Rebecca Costello
Phone: 301-435-3605
Email: costellb@od.nih.gov  

Grants Management Contact:
Tammy Dickinson
Phone: 301-402-2911
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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