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The NCI Transition Career Development Award (K22)

  • Updated: 01/14/2014


The 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.

Applicant Eligibility

  • At the time of the award, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States, 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 and Student VisasNot 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 yrs and ≤ 8 yrs 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/ CommitmentCandidate must commit a minimum 9.0 calendar months (75%) full-time professional effort to the K22 career development award
Duration of Award

3 yrs
The K22 award is not renewable

Financial Support

SalaryUp to $100K/ yr + fringe benefits
Research Development Support; i.e. salaries for technical support, consultant costs, equipment, supplies, travel, and statistical supportUp to $50K/ yr
F & A costs/Indirect costs8%
Ancillary Personnel Support; salary for mentors, secretarial and administrative assistance, etc.Not Allowed

Program Announcement & Related Links

Program Announcement
Current List of K22 AwardsFunded Active K22
Link to Main Peer Review Group NCI - I
Application Form and Details

Review Criteria