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Mentored Quantitative Research Career Award (K25)

The Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award (K25) supports investigators with quantitative scientific and engineering backgrounds outside of biology or medicine who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on behavioral and biomedical research (basic or clinical).

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 VisasNot eligible for this award
Career Stage
  • Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Early-Stage Investigators
  • Established Investigators
Effort/CommitmentCandidate must commit a minimum of 9 calendar months (75%) full-time professional effort to the K25 Career Development Award.
Duration of Award3-5 years; the K25 Award is not renewable


Financial Support
SalaryUp to $100K/year + fringe benefits
Research Development Support: Tuition/Fees, Supplies/Equipment, Travel, and Statistical ServicesUp to $40K/year
F&A Costs/Indirect Costs8%
Ancillary Personnel Support: Salary for Mentors, Secretarial and Administrative Assistance, etc.Not allowed


How to Apply

  • Applicants must submit applications  electronically – download the K25 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 the 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: ResubmissionInitial 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

An appropriate Scientific Review Group (or groups), along with NCI, and the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) will evaluate your application for conformance with eligibility requirements. Subcommittee I convened by the Division of Extramural Activities of the NCI will determine if it meets the broad needs of the program and priorities of NCI and the National Cancer Program.

For review criteria for the K25 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 K25 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: June 23, 2014