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K01: Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards

Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards (K01) support "career change" and "career enhancement."

Career Change

K01s supporting career change apply to investigators—either junior or senior—who wish to redirect their careers. Appropriate peer review considerations include:

  • Whether this is a substantial redirection
  • Whether the redirection is appropriate given the candidate's current background and experience

Career Enhancement

A career enhancement goal is most relevant to junior investigators applying for an additional period of supervised research experience. If the research is in the same field the individual trained in, it must expand the skills the individual possesses. Unlike a postdoctoral fellowship, the investigator must have demonstrated the capacity for productive work following the doctorate, and the institution sponsoring the investigator must treat the individual as a faculty member. The letter of institutional commitment should show noncontingent availability of research resources equivalent to those available to a tenure-track faculty member. However, the candidate does not need to be a tenure-track faculty member.

NIA does not limit the research areas within aging that may be supported through the K01. However, individuals applying for this award are strongly encouraged to contact Institute staff to determine interest in the proposed research topic.

For more information on K01 awards, see: