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The Transition Career Development Award (K22)

The NCI Transition Career Development Award (K22) supports mentored, non-independent investigators ready to transition to independent academic faculty positions.

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

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Applicant Eligibility

At the time of the award, the candidate must be:

  • a citizen of the United States
  • or a noncitizen 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 Visas

Not eligible for this award

Career Stage

Clinical or research fellows working in all areas of human cancer research ready to transition to independent academic tenure-track assistant faculty positions.

  • Applicants must have ≥ 2 years and ≤ 8 years of mentored, non-independent research training experience after the terminal doctorate at the time of application, including re-submission.
  • Individuals who currently hold, or previously held, a tenure-track faculty position, or its equivalent, are not eligible.
  • Individuals who currently have, or previously had, an individual NIH career development award, or its equivalent, are not eligible.
Effort Level/ Commitment

Candidate must commit a minimum of 9 calendar months (75%) full-time professional effort to the K22 Career Development Award.

Duration of Award

3 years; the K22 Award is not renewable


Financial Support

Up to $100K/year + fringe benefits

Research Development Support: Salaries for Technical Support, Consultant Costs, Equipment, Supplies, Travel, and Statistical Support

Up to $50K/year

F&A Costs/Indirect Costs


Ancillary Personnel Support: Salary for Mentors, Secretarial and Administrative Assistance, etc.Not allowed


How to Apply

  • Applicants must submit applications electronically – download the K22 Award application
  • Applicants must follow the instructions in the SF424(R&R) Application Guide, as well as any program-specific instructions noted in Section IV.
  • When the program-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the program-specific instructions in Program Announcement.
  • Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not be accepted for review.

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: Submission ApplicationInitial ReviewCouncil ReviewEarliest Possible Start Date*
1February 12March 12June/JulySeptember/OctoberDecember
2June 12July 12October/NovemberJanuary/FebruaryApril
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 I, 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 K22 grant mechanism, see the Review Criteria section of the Program Announcement.


NCI Staff Contacts

For additional information regarding policies and/or guidance in preparing an application for the K22 Award, contact:

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
    Fax: 240-276-7682

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  • Updated: January 7, 2015