Individuals with Research Doctorates



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Mailman School Research Resources (R2) Office

K Mechanisms for Individuals with Research Doctorates

Updated February 17, 2010


Individuals with Research Doctorates:

There are at least eight different awards that individuals with a research doctorate should consider. Most of these awards support individuals that have accepted or are ready for a faculty position.

Information on all of these awards can be found on the K Kiosk at http://grants.nih.gov/training/careerdevelopmentawards.htm.


  • K01: Mentored Research Scientist Development Award

New faculty members that need additional supervised research experience because they have had a career hiatus or they are moving to a substantially new area of research should consider the Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)

Parent Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-056.html

Participating ICs:

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)


National Institute on Aging (NIA)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)

  • K02: Independent Scientist Award

Scientists who have recently received independent research support might consider the Independent Scientist Award (K02) that protects at least 75 percent of their effort so that they can focus on the development of their research program.

Parent Announcement: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-057.html

Participating ICs:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)


National Institute on Aging (NIA)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

A few of the NIH Institutes offer an award called the Senior Scientist Award (K05) that provides protected time and salary support for more senior, established scientists.



  • K05: Senior Scientist Award

Parent Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-076.html

Participating ICs:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/)


National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), (http://www.nida.nih.gov/)

The Academic Award (K07) is used to recruit research faculty into areas where there is a growing need for research and instructional capabilities.

Parent Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-058.html

Participating ICs:

National Institute on Aging (NIA) (http://www.nia.nih.gov/)


National Cancer Institute (NCI) (http://www.cancer.gov/)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/)
National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/)
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) (http://www.nccam.nih.gov/)

  • K18: Career Enhancement Award for Stem Cell Research

Individuals interested in Stem Cell research might consider the K18, K25, or K26.

Parent Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-110.html

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)


The Career Transition Award (K22) provides support during the early years of a new faculty position. This award is used differently by the NIH institutes and centers that participate and interested applicants should carefully review the relevant program announcements.

Participating ICs and links to PAs:

NCI: The NCI Transition Career Development Award (K22)

NCI: NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K22)

NHLBI Career Transition Award (K22)

NIAAA: NIAAA Career Transition Award (K22)

NIAID: NIAID Research Scholar Development Award (K22)

NINR: NINR Career Transition Award (K22)


  • K25: Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award

Individuals interested in Quantitative Methods might consider the K25.

Parent Announcement: http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-062.html

Participating ICs:

National Cancer Institute (NCI)


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) 
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)


Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)


Individuals interested in Mouse Pathobiology might consider the K26.

Parent Annoucnement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-053.html

Participating ICs:

National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)


National Institute on Aging (NIA)




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