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Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08)

The NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08) provides support and "protected time" to non-tenured clinician-scientists for an intensive, mentored research career development experience in biomedical or behavioral research, including translational research. For the purpose of this award, translational research is defined as the application of basic research discoveries toward the diagnosis, management, and prevention of human disease.

For more complete information, reference the Program Announcement and/or contact the program staff.

See the NCI-Research Funded Portfolio for a current list of funded K08 grants.

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Applicant Eligibility


At the time of the award the candidate must be:

  • a United States citizen,
  • or a non-citizen national,
  • or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (1-151 or 1-551) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.

Citizenship or green card is not needed to apply. Citizenship or green card is needed at the time of award issuance.

Foreign Nationals with Student VisasNot eligible for this award
Degree/Academic Appointment

The candidate must have a clinical doctoral degree, such as (but not limited to):

  • M.D.
  • D.O.
  • D.D.S.
  • D.M.D.
  • O.D.
  • D.C.
  • Pharm. D.
  • N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy)
  • D.V.M.

Individuals with the Ph.D. or other doctoral degree in clinical disciplines such as clinical psychology, nursing, clinical genetics, speech-language pathology, audiology or rehabilitation are also eligible.

Candidates must practice clinically to be eligible for the K08 Award.

Effort Level/ CommitmentThe candidate must commit a minimum of 9 calendar months (75%) full-time professional effort to the K08 Career Development Award.
Duration of the Award3-5 years; the K08 Award is not renewable


Financial Support
SalaryUp to $100K/year + fringe benefits
Research Development Support: Tuition/Fees, Supplies/Equipment, Travel, and Statistical SupportUp to $30K/year
F&A Costs/Indirect Costs8%
Ancillary Personnel Support: Salary for Mentors, Secretarial and Administrative Assistance, etc.Not allowed


How to Apply

For assistance with application submission, please see the Frequently Asked Questions and/or contact eRA Commons Help Desk/ contact Center

Application Receipt Dates and Review Schedule

Receipt CycleReceipt Date: New ApplicationReceipt Date: Resubmission ApplicationInitial ReviewCouncil ReviewEarliest Possible Project Start Date*
1February 12March 12June/JulySeptember/
2June 12July 12October/
3October 12November 12February/MarchMay/JuneJuly

*Start dates are determined by the availability of NCI funds and may not occur until well after the earliest possible start date.

Applications are due by 5 pm local time.

When a standard submission date falls on a weekend or Federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

Review and Selection Process

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) review applications for completeness and for conformance to all eligibility requirements and special provisions and requirements. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant without further consideration.

Subcommittee J, convened by the Division of Extramural Activities of the NCI, evaluates applications according to the review criteria listed in the Program Announcement. Before an award is made, the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) conducts a second level of review and ensures that an application meets the broad program needs and priorities of the NCI and the National Cancer Program.

For review criteria for the K08 grant mechanism, see Section V.  Application Review Information of the Program Announcement.

Find an overview of the grant process


NCI Staff Contacts

For additional information regarding policies and/or guidance in preparing an application for the K08 Award, contact:

  • Branch Phone: 240-276-5630

For information regarding fiscal and/or budget issues, contact:

For information regarding review issues, contact:

  • Referral Officer
    Division of Extramural Activities
    Phone: 240-276-6390

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  • Updated: January 9, 2015