K25: Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Awards
The Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award program (K25) provides support for a period of mentored study and research for productive professionals with quantitative and engineering backgrounds to integrate their expertise with NIH-relevant research. Three versions of the award are available:
- Clinical Trial Not Allowed (PA-20-199)
- Clinical Trial Required (PA-20-197)
- Basic Experimental Studies in Humans (PA-20-198)
Due dates for resubmissions are one month later than for initial submissions.
Appropriate advanced quantitative degrees include, but are not limited to: engineering, mathematics, statistics, economics, computer science, imaging science, informatics, physics, and chemistry. The K25 award is intended for research-oriented investigators at any level of experience, from the postdoctoral level to senior faculty level.
Achieving Independence in Biomedical Research
Candidates for the K25 are not expected to have significant experience in biomedical research, however the K25 award should enable to candidate to achieve independence in a biomedical field. To satisfy this requirement, the candidate should propose a period of study and career development that is complementary to his or her previous research and experience and tailored to the needs of the individual candidate. For example, a candidate with very limited experience in biomedical research may wish to propose a designated period of didactic training together with a closely supervised research experience. A candidate with, for example, more research experience in biomedicine may benefit from a program with greater emphasis on appropriate laboratory research with lower levels of supervision and direction. All programs should must include (an) active mentor(s) who is (are) competent and willing to provide the appropriate research guidance.