Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavioral Sciences, and Population Sciences Career Development Award (K07)

The NCI Mentored Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavioral Sciences, and Population Sciences Career Development Award (K07) supports individuals with a Ph.D., M.D., or other research or professional doctorate degree who are committed to careers in the fields of cancer prevention, control, or behavioral or population sciences. The award supports a mentored research career development experience, including a didactic learning component.

See the NCI-Funded Research Portfolio for a current list of funded K07 grants.

For more complete information, reference the Program Announcement.

Please note: NCI no longer accepts K07 applications. The K07 program announcement, PAR-16-284, has expired and will not be reissued. See also the K07 FAQs.

Clinician scientists who have active clinical licenses are encouraged to apply for the NCI K08 mentored career development award; see also NOT-CA-17-042 for current levels of NCI K08 salary and research support. Postdoctoral and clinical fellows may wish to consider the NCI K99/R00 and K22 transition career development awards. Contact program staff for details.

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
Degree/Academic Appointment
  • Clinical, research, or health professional doctoral degree
  • Postdoctoral or clinical fellow, non-tenure-track junior faculty, or tenure-track Assistant Professor

Candidate may have no more than 8 years of research experience after the terminal doctoral degree at the time of the initial or subsequent resubmission application; clinical training is not included within this 8-year limit.

Effort Level/ Commitment Candidate must commit a minimum 9 calendar months (75%) full-time professional effort to the K07 Career Development Award.
Duration of the Award 3-5 years; the K07 Award is not renewable


Financial Support

Salary Up to $100K/year + fringe benefits
Research Development Support: Tuition/Fees, Supplies/Equipment, Technical Services and Personnel, 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

NCI K07 applications are no longer accepted.

 Application Receipt Dates and Review Schedule

Receipt Cycle Receipt Date: New Application Receipt Date: Resubmission Initial Review Council Review Earliest Project Start Date*
1 February 12 March 12 June/July September/October December
2 June 12 July 12 October/November January/February April
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.

Peer Review 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 K07 grant mechanism, see the Review Criteria section 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 K07 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
  • Updated: January 9, 2018