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Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (Parent K08) (Postdoctoral Individuals)

This award enables candidates holding professional degrees (e.g., M.D., D.O., D.V.M., or equivalent degrees) to undertake 3 to 5 years of special study and supervised research with the goal of becoming independent investigators. The award also allows awardees to pursue a research career development program suited to their experience and capabilities under a mentor who is competent to provide guidance in the chosen research area.

Institutions may submit applications on behalf of candidates who hold professional degrees. At least 2 years must have elapsed since the health professional degree was granted. Candidates can have varying levels of clinical training and research experience.

All candidates must be U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or legal permanent residents of the U.S. Persons with temporary or student visas are not eligible. The grantee institution must have a strong, well-established research and research training program in the chosen area, accomplished faculty in the basic and clinical sciences, and a commitment to the candidate's research development. The proposed program should include an appropriate mentor.

NHLBI requires an IRB-approved data and safety monitoring plan for: (1) all clinical trials regardless of phase, and (2) all clinical research with greater than minimal risk.

Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08) Web links:

K08 Program Announcement (PA-14-046)

Who is eligible? 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.

NHLBI has a 6 year limit of cumulative support on institutional and mentored Ks (e.g., K12 or KL2 plus the K08). A candidate for the K08 may not concurrently apply for or have an award pending for any other NIH career development award.

The opportunities? Research training/Career development

Duration of support? 3 to 5 years, at least 9 person-months (75 percent of full-time professional effort) conducting patient-oriented research and related career development activities.

Where? At an institution with the staff and facilities needed for the proposed research

Applications due? February 12, June 12, and October 12 - new applications;
March 12, July 12, and November 12 - resubmission applications.

Salary: Up to $75,000 per year plus fringe benefits and up to $25,000 per year for research support for new awards. The actual salary must be consistent with the salary structure of the grantee institution and the level of effort.

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

Please note: Candidates should submit an application for the "Mentored Research Scientist Development Award" (Parent K01, PA-14-044) if they are interested in the following focused research areas:

--Highly innovative epidemiological research that elucidates the mechanisms, etiology, pathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart, lung, blood diseases, and sleep disorders.

--Biostatistics research leading to the development of new methods for designing and analyzing clinical studies, including clinical trials, epidemiologic and genetics studies in heart, lung, blood diseases, and sleep disorders.

--Comparative effectiveness research that involves the comparison of screening, diagnostic, preventive or treatment strategies of heart, lung, blood diseases, and sleep disorders using appropriate methods from randomized controlled trials to the analysis of electronic medical records.

How to apply: Applications submitted in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Federal assistance must be submitted electronically through using the SF 424 Research and Related (R&R) forms and the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide.

Resources for K08 Candidates:

The NHLBI Web site also lists training programs under the category Request for Applications/Proposals & Program Announcements through the application receipt date.

Special Leave Guidelines for Recipients of Mentored Career Award

Reduction in Percent Effort for NHLBI Mentored Career Development K Awards (NOT-HL-06-118)

NHLBI's Division of Blood Diseases and Resources (DBDR) Program Description

NHLBI's Division of Cardiovascular Sciences (DCVS) Program Description

NHLBI's Division of Lung Diseases (DLD) Program Description

For more information on specific program opportunities, contact:

Drew Carlson, Ph.D.
Program Director
Division of Cardiovascular Science, NHLBI
Rockledge II Building, Room 8142
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7940
Bethesda, MD 20892-7940
Telephone: (301) 435-0535
FAX: (301) 480-7404

Last Updated: February 2014

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