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Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00) (Postdoctoral Individuals)
The Pathway to Independence (PI) Award 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. The PI award will provide up to 5 years of support consisting of two phases. The initial phase will provide 1-2 years of mentored support for postdoctoral research scientists. This phase will be followed by up to 3 years of independent support contingent on securing an independent tenure-track or equivalent research position.
Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) Web links:
Who is eligible? At the time of application submission (or resubmission) candidates for this award must have earned a terminal clinical or research doctorate (including Ph.D., M.D., D. O., D.C., N.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., Sc.D., D.N.S., Pharm. D., or equivalent doctoral degree, or a combined clinical and research doctoral degree); and have no more than 5 years (60 months) of research experience since completing the requirements of the doctoral degree (resubmissions must also comply with this requirement). The K99/R00 Program Announcement (PA) describes some exceptions to the 5-year rule; see the PA and associated "Questions and Answers" document for details. Individuals whose terminal or research doctorate was awarded more than 60 months before submission of the K99/R00 application are strongly urged to contact one of the NHLBI Program staff designated below before submission to determine whether they are eligible to apply. This confirmation of eligibility should be documented in a cover letter to accompany the application. Applications from ineligible individuals will be returned without review. U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens are eligible. There are additional eligibility criteria detailed in the full K99/R00 Program Announcement; please check carefully before proceeding.
A typical successful candidate will have an impressive record of research productivity and publications, and will have identified a unique research direction to pursue after the mentored phase of the award.
The opportunities? Both mentored research and independent research support during the early phase of an investigators' career.
Duration of support? As described above, up to 5 years of support consisting of two phases. Award of the independent (R00) phase is not guaranteed.
Where? Domestic for-profit or non-profit
institutions/organizations, or public or private institutions,
such as universities, colleges, hospitals and laboratories,
eligible agencies of the federal government, and NIH intramural
laboratories. All institution/organization types listed above
are eligible for both the mentored and independent phase,
with one exception: ineligible agencies of the Federal government,
such as the NIH intramural program, are eligible only for
the mentored phase. Foreign institutions are not eligible.
Mentored phase (K99): Salary: up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year. Research Support: up to $25,000 per year. F&A costs will be provided at 8% of modified direct costs (to extramural sponsoring institutions only).
Independent investigator phase (R00): Total cost may not exceed $249,000 per year. This amount includes salary, fringe benefits, research support allowance and applicable F&A costs. F&A costs will be reimbursed at the extramural sponsoring institution’s F&A rate. Facilities and administrative costs requested by consortium participants are included in the total cost limitation.
How to apply: Applications submitted in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Federal assistance must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) using the SF 424 Research and Related (R&R) forms and the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide.
The SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide for NIH and Other PHS Agencies 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 K99/R00 Candidates:
The NHLBI Website also lists training programs under the category Requests for Applications/Proposals & Program Announcements with the application receipt date.
Revised February 2014