Research Career Development Awards
Mentored Research Career Development Awards are offered to individuals at early stages of their career who wish to become independent investigators.
NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Awards
|An early career mechanism for postdoctoral fellows and others with similar standing to facilitate career advancement. See NIH Career Award Kiosk|
Note: NIA has specific guidance on the K01 and K23 awards. Click on the 'Title' of each mechanism for details. Salary Caps and Allowable Expenses on NIA Career Awards.
|K01||An early or mid-career award for individuals with some prior postdoctoral research experience.|
|K08||An award for junior clinicians with little-to-moderate research training who wish to become independent clinician-scientists. See NIH Career Award Kiosk.|
|K23||An award for junior clinicians with little-to-moderate research training who wish to become independent clinician-scientists trained in patient-oriented research. See NIH Career Award Kiosk.|
Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Awards
|An award for relatively junior scientists who have been trained in quantitative disciplines who wish to develop their careers in biomedical research. See NIH Career Award Kiosk.|
|K43||Emerging Global Leader Award||An award for early career scientists holding a junior faculty position at a low- or middle-income country (LMIC) institution leading to an independently funded research career. See NIH Career Award Kiosk.|
|K76||Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging||An award for early-stage investigators who have begun to establish research programs and who, through this award, will be ready to assume leadership roles in their field of expertise. See NIH Career Award Kiosk.|
|K02||An early-to-midcareer award for individuals with prior research grant funding who seek to become leaders in their research fields. See NIH Career Award Kiosk|
|K07||An infrastructure-building award for established senior research leaders who wish to build aging research or an aspect of aging research at their institutions. NIA does not support Developmental K07 Award. See NIH Career Award Kiosk|
|K24||An award for midcareer clinician-scientists who wish to devote more time to patient-oriented research and mentor junior clinicians in patient-oriented research. See NIH Career Award Kiosk|
Important Policies and Notices Related to Career Development Awards
- ORCID ID requirements: Please note that all trainees submitting Fellowship and Career Development applications, as well as newly assigned individual under institutional programs such as T32 and T35 are required to have ORCID ID. See the hyperlinked notice for more information.
- Salary Caps and Allowable Expenses on NIA Career Awards
- Guidance Regarding Reduction of Effort for Surgeons on NIA Individual Mentored K Awards
- Revised NIH Policy Concerning Concurrent Support from Mentored Career Development (K) Award and a Research Grant
NOT-OD-17-094: Clarification and Update: Salary Supplementation and Compensation on Research Career Development ("K") Awards
NOT-OD-17-094 changes long-standing NIH policy on career development awards. Previously, effort on a career development award was considered a recipient’s full-time research effort. Any effort not devoted to the career development award might support teaching or clinical duties, but not research activities. With this Notice, NIH now allows the effort that is not devoted to the career development award to pay for other research effort, provided that the aims of the work are different from the aims of the research supported by the career development award. The additional research effort may be on a research grant directed by the career award recipient or directed by other investigators.