NIAID Career Transition Award (K22 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Award Info:

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NIH will contribute up to $50,000 per year toward the salary of the career award recipient. Further guidance on budgeting for career development salaries is provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.NIAID will contribute a total of up to $150,000 and $100,000 (Direct Costs) in the 1st and 2nd years of the Phase II award (Tenure-Track Faculty phase); respectively (to include up to $50,000 in salary support per year) toward the research development costs of the award recipient, which must be justified and consistent with the stage of development of the candidate and the proportion of time to be spent in research or career development activities.

"By the time of award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551, or other legal verification of such status. Candidates for this award must have a clinical or research doctorate (including PhD, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DVM, ScD, DNS, PharmD, or equivalent doctoral degree), or a combined clinical and research doctoral degree. Individuals are NOT eligible if they: Have currently or previously held an independent research faculty or tenure-track faculty position, or its equivalent, in academia, industry or elsewhere; or Have more than 5 years of related postdoctoral research training at the time of initial application or resubmission; or Have been an independent PD/PI on NIH research grants (e.g. R01 or equivalent), NIH career development awards (e.g., K01, K07, K08, K23, K25), or other peer reviewed NIH or non-NIH research grants over $100,000 direct costs per year, or project leaders on sub-projects of program project applications (e.g. P01, U19). Individuals are eligible for a K22 award if they have been, or currently are, the PD/PI of an NIH R03 or R21 grant or a PHS or non-Federal award that duplicates the specific aims or research goals of an R03 or R21 grant. Individuals are NOT eligible to apply if they have pending an application for any other PHS career development award, an NIH institute-specific K22, or a Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00).


The NIAID K22 award will provide two years of support to conduct biomedical research as an independent scientist at an extramural sponsoring institution/organization to which the individual has been recruited, been offered and has accepted a tenure-track full-time assistant professor position (or equivalent). This support is to allow the individual to continue to work toward establishing his/her own independent research program and prepare an application for regular research grant support (e.g. R01).

The postdoctoral fellow, also referred to as the candidate, submits a K22 application from the institution where s/he currently pursues his/her postdoctoral research training, which for this K22 program can be at the NIH (intramural) or outside of the NIH (extramural). The application will be peer reviewed and assigned an overall impact score. Successful candidates (i.e., those whose applications receive a meritorious overall impact score) will receive an Approval Letter from NIAID that will include the terms and conditions to activate the K22 award. To activate the K22 award, the candidate must secure a tenure-track full-time assistant professor position (or equivalent) within 12 months of the date stated on the Approval Letter. Once the assistant professor position has been secured, the candidate will submit updated information about the K22 application with the support of the sponsoring institution. The sponsoring institution can be the same as the post-doctoral institution, though it is most likely a different institution from the original submission of the K22 application. The updated information of the transition to an assistant professor position at the sponsoring institution will be evaluated by senior NIAID staff to ensure that all programmatic requirements are met prior to the activation of the K22 award. The details of the requirements for the activation of the K22 award are described in Part 2. Section VI of this announcement.