NHLBI Career Transition Award (K22)
(Postdoctoral Individuals/New Independent Researchers)
enables outstanding individuals with a research or health
professional doctorate or its equivalent to obtain (1) Postdoctoral
research training in one of the laboratories in the Division
of Intramural Research, NHLBI, in Bethesda, Maryland followed
by (2) support for a successful transition from Postdoctoral
research to an extramural environment as independent
researchers. The program provides up to two years of support
for research training in an NHLBI intramural laboratory followed
by three years of support for an independent research project
in an extramural institution.
In addition to a degree, candidates must also have some research
experience, during which the potential for highly productive
basic or clinical research was demonstrated. The required
research experience may have been completed at NIH or elsewhere.
To obtain support for the extramural phase, candidates must
have a formal tenure-track (or equivalent) offer at an extramural
institution. The institution must demonstrate a commitment
to the individual by providing protected research time and
space needed to conduct the proposed research.
Individuals interested in applying for the K22 Career Transition
Award must first identify a mentor for their Postdoctoral
training within the NHLBI Division of Intramural Research. Information on the NHLBI's Intramural Research Program may be found at: https://intramural.nhlbi.nih.gov/default.aspx. The process
of selecting a mentor and completing an application is best
done in consultation with the Office
of Education, NHLBI Division of Intramural Research, (Email:
Candidates must be U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or
legal permanent residents of the United States.
NHLBI Career Transition Award (K22) Web link: K22
Program Announcement (PAR-12-137)
Who is eligible? Individuals who have a research or
health professional doctorate or its equivalent and some research
experience and who have demonstrated research potential.
NHLBI has a six year limit of cumulative support on institutional and mentored Ks (e.g., K12 or KL2 plus the K22). A candidate for the K22 may not concurrently apply for or have an award pending for any other NIH career development award.
The opportunities? Mentored Research training/Career development
Duration of support? 2 years of Postdoctoral Training
in the NHLBI Intramural Research Program in Bethesda, MD,
at 100 percent effort; plus 3 years extramural at a minimum
of 75 percent effort.
Where? NHLBI intramural laboratories are located on
the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, while the transitional
part of the K22 award can be at an extramural institution.
Applications due? February 12, June 12, and October
12 - new applications;
March 12, July 12, and November 12 - resubmission applications.
Intramural Mentored support phase: Support during
the intramural phase will include a fellowship stipend, based
on the candidate's years of postdoctoral experience, commensurate
with the NHLBI intramural salary structure. Research expenses
including personnel, consultants, equipment, supplies, and
travel will be negotiated with the laboratory chief and will
depend on the nature and scope of the research approved by
Independent (Extramural) support phase: The total cost
for the extramural phase may not exceed $249,000 per year.
This amount includes salary, fringe benefits, research support
allowance and applicable indirect costs. Indirect costs will
be reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs. Indirect
costs requested by consortium participants are included in
the total cost limitation.
1. Salary: The salary requested should be based on the person-months
effort to be devoted to the research project, as is the case
for other research grant awards. The candidate is required
to devote a minimum of nine person-months
effort to research (i.e.,75% full-time professional effort). It
must be consistent both with the established salary structure
at the institution and with salaries actually provided by
the institution from its own funds to other staff members
of equivalent qualifications, rank, and responsibilities in
the department concerned. The institution may supplement the
NHLBI contribution up to a level that is consistent with the
institution's salary scale, however, supplementation may not
be from Federal funds unless specifically authorized by the
Federal program from which such funds are derived. Institutional
supplementation of salary must not require extra duties or
responsibilities that would interfere with the purpose of
2. Research Support: Allowable research expenses include
(1) research expenses, such as supplies, equipment, and technical
personnel; (2) travel to research meetings or training; and
(3) statistical services, including personnel and computer
How to apply?
Applications submitted in response to this Funding Opportunity
Announcement (FOA) for Federal assistance must be submitted
electronically through Grants.gov using the SF 424 Research and Related
(R&R) forms and the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide.
424 (R&R) Application Guide for NIH and Other PHS Agencies(127 KB) includes Part 1.7 Supplemental Instructions to the SF
424 (R&R) for Preparing an Individual Research Career
Development Award (CDA) Application ("K" series).
Page Limitations: All page limitations described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and the Table of Page Limits must be followed.
Resources for K22 Candidates:
The NHLBI Website also lists training programs under the
for Applications/Proposals & Program Announcements.
Leave Guidelines for Recipients of Mentored Career Award
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NHLBI's Division of Lung Diseases (DLD) Program Description
For questions about the training components, including selection
of a mentor within the intramural research program and preparation
of the application contact:
Herbert M. Geller, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Education
Division of Intramural Research
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH
10 Center Drive, Room 6N248, MSC 1754
Bethesda, MD 20892-1754
Telephone: (301) 451-9440
Fax: (301) 594-8133
For questions about extramural funding of the K22 award contact:
Nara Gavini, Ph.D.
Office of Research Training and Minority
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 9184, MSC 7913
Bethesda, MD 20892-7913
Phone: (301) 451-5081
Fax: (301) 480-0862
Last Updated April 17, 2012