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.
On this page:
- Applicant Eligibility
- Financial Support
- How to Apply
- Application Receipt Dates and Review Schedule
- Review and Selection Process
- NCI Staff Contacts
At the time of the award the candidate must be:
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 Visas||Not eligible for this award|
The candidate must have a clinical doctoral degree, such as (but not limited to):
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/ Commitment||The candidate must commit a minimum of 9 calendar months (75%) full-time professional effort to the K08 Career Development Award.|
|Duration of the Award||3-5 years; the K08 Award is not renewable|
|Salary||Up to $100K/year + fringe benefits|
|Research Development Support: Tuition/Fees, Supplies/Equipment, Travel, and Statistical Support||Up to $30K/year|
|F&A Costs/Indirect Costs||8%|
|Ancillary Personnel Support: Salary for Mentors, Secretarial and Administrative Assistance, etc.||Not allowed|
How to Apply
- Applications must be submitted applications electronically – download the K08 Award Application
- Applicants must follow the instructions using the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, especially the instructions in K-Specific Instructions for K Applications (Part 7.4), and any program-specific instructions noted in Section IV, Application and Submission Information, of the Program Announcement. You can also see the NCI-Specific Information and Requirements.
- When the program-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the program-specific instructions.
- Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not be accepted for review.
Application Receipt Dates and Review Schedule
|Receipt Cycle||Receipt Date: New Application||Receipt Date: Resubmission Application||Initial Review||Council Review||Earliest Possible Project Start Date*|
|1||February 12||March 12||June/July||September/|
|2||June 12||July 12||October/|
|3||October 12||November 12||February/March||May/June||July|
*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.
- Program Announcement
- Current List of K08 Awards
- Link to Main Peer Review Group NCI - J
- Application Form and Details
NCI Staff Contacts
For additional information regarding policies and/or guidance in preparing an application for the K08 Award, contact:
- Dr. Susan Lim
- Branch Phone: 240-276-5630
For information regarding fiscal and/or budget issues, contact:
- Grants Administration Branch
For information regarding review issues, contact:
- Referral Officer
Division of Extramural Activities