The Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award program (K08) is an award for junior clinicians with little-to-moderate research training who wish to become independent clinician-scientists trained in basic research in aging. Similar to the K23, the K08 trains "aspiring clinician-scientists" to become independent researchers. Unlike the K23, the research proposed on a K08 application can be on any topic related to aging, including working with animal models, on basic biology, on secondary data analysis, or even on advancement of theory. The proposed work may include human participants, but there is neither a requirement to include them nor a prohibition against their inclusion.
NIA allows $25,000 in research development support per year for the K08.