General NIH Career Development (K) Grant Resources
NIH K01: Mentored Research Scientist Development Award
The purpose of the K01 is to provide support and “protected time” (three, four, or five years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. Although all of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) use this support mechanism to support career development experiences that lead to research independence, some ICs use the K01 award for individuals who propose to train in a new field or for individuals who have had a hiatus in their research career because of illness or pressing family circumstances. Other ICs utilize the K01 award to increase research workforce diversity by providing enhanced research career development opportunities.
NIH K08: Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award
The purpose of the K08 is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. This program represents the continuation of a long-standing NIH program that provides support and “protected time” to individuals with a clinical doctoral degree for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in the fields of biomedical and behavioral research, including translational research.
NIH K23: Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award
The purpose of the K23 is to support the career development of investigators who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research.
NIH K99/R00: NIH Pathway to Independence Award
The purpose of the K99/R00 is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented NIH-supported independent investigators. The program is designed to facilitate a timely transition from a mentored postdoctoral research position to a stable independent research position with independent NIH or other independent research support at an earlier stage than is currently the norm.
NIH has published a Notice of Information on the Reissuance of Funding Opportunity Announcement NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00).