The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00)
The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition (F99/K00) Award supports outstanding Ph.D. and other Research Doctoral candidates complete their dissertation research training (F99 phase) and transition in a timely manner to mentored, cancer-focused postdoctoral career development research positions (K00 phase).
Learn more about the F99/K00 Award by viewing this year’s NCI F99/K00 Predoc to Postdoc Award (RFA-CA-17-014) video playlist. Coming Soon – meanwhile, see a PDF version of the slides, with a transcript of the video under Resources.
Applicants for the F99 should be in their 3rd or 4th year of a Ph.D. degree program in a health-related research field relevant to the mission of the NCI during the tenure of the award.
Letters of Intent are due January 17, 2017 and applications are due February 17, 2017. Interested applicants should review the Funding Opportunity Announcement, the material under Resources, and/or contact the program staff.
|Citizens, Foreign Nationals, and U.S. Visa Holders||
F99/K00 recipients must reside in and work at U.S.-based institutions for the duration of the award. However, foreign components are allowed.
|Effort Level/ Commitment||
F99 Phase: At least 40 hours per week, full-time effort, to the training program
K00 Phase: At least 9 calendar months (75%) full-time professional effort
|Duration of the Award||
F99 Phase: Stipend, Tuition and Fees, and Institutional Allowance
K00 Phase: Salary and Fringe Benefits, Tuition and Fees, Research and Career Development Support, and Indirect Costs
|Tuition and Fees||
NCI will pay 60% of the combined cost of tuition and fees, up to $16,000 (F99 phase) or $4,500 (K00 phase) per year.
|Training-Related Expenses and Health Insurance||
F99 Phase: NCI will provide $1500 in the first year to defray the travel costs to attend a mandatory NCI-sponsored conference, and an Institutional Allowance to help defray the cost of fellowship expenses such as health insurance, research supplies, equipment, books, and travel to scientific meetings.
K00 Phase: NCI will provide $1500 in the first year to defray the travel costs to attend a mandatory NCI-sponsored conference, and up to $3000 annually to help defray other research training expenses, such as:
F99 Phase: NCI does not separately reimburse indirect costs for fellowships. Costs for administering the F99 awards are part of the Institutional Allowance.
K00 Phase: Indirect Costs are reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs.
How to Apply
Required Application Instructions
- Applications must be submitted electronically – download the F99/K00 Award application
- It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and Section IV. Application and Submission Information of the program announcement.
When the Funding Opportunity Announcement instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the instructions in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.
- An institutional nomination letter is required
- Instructions for the Fellowship Applicant Section
- Instructions for Sponsor and Co-Sponsor Statements
Applications are required to have these three Specific Aims:
- Aim 1: The Dissertation Research Project: progress thus far
- Aim 2: The Dissertation Research Project: work to be completed
- Aim 3: The Postdoctoral Research Direction
The Research Strategy is limited to 6 pages.
Aim 1: Describe the overall goal, rationale, hypotheses, and approaches of the dissertation research project; describe progress made thus far; highlight skills and techniques that contribute to the long-term career goal.
Aim 2: Provide a detailed description of the research to be completed in the F99 phase, including experimental design, anticipated results, and potential follow-up studies. Highlight new skills to be learned.
Aim 3: Identify the research direction to be pursued for the K00 phase and explain the rationale for pursuing this direction. Describe the scientific question to be addressed, the approach(es) to be taken, and the scientific goal to be achieved. Identify new scientific and career development skills to be acquired.
Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not be accepted for review.
Application Receipt Date and Review Schedule
A Letter of Intent, to be submitted by the institution's Authorized Organizational Representative, is requested by January 17, 2017; please send to the Program Staff Contact. Applications are due on February 17, 2017, at 5 pm local time of the submitting institution. There is only one application due date for this Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Review and Selection Process
An appropriate Scientific Review Group (SRG), along with NCI and the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB), will evaluate applications for completeness and conformance with eligibility requirements and special provisions and requirements. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant without further consideration. An SRG convened by the Division of Extramural Activities of the NCI will determine if applications meet the broad needs of the program and priorities of NCI.
For review criteria for the F99 grant mechanism, see the Section V. Review Information section of the Funding Opportunity Announcement.
K00 Transition Application
A postdoctoral position (or equivalent) must be offered and accepted. The K00 phase institution should submit an application on behalf of the candidate for the K00 Award using the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, as well as any instructions found in Section VI.2 of the Funding Opportunity Announcement, no later than 2 months prior to the proposed activation date of the K00 Award. The K00 application must include:
- New Reference Letters: A minimum of 3 and maximum of 5 reference letters are required. To prepare a letter, a referee must follow the instructions found in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, including Supplemental Instructions to the SF424 (R&R) for Preparing an Individual Research Career Development Award (CDA) Application (“K” Series), except that the letter should be sent directly to the assigned NCI Program Officer (Scientific/Research Contact);
- A new cover page signed by the K00 phase institutional representative;
- A Final Progress Report for the F99 phase;
- A final evaluation statement by the F99 primary sponsor;
- Updated Project Summary and Abstract, Project Narrative, Bibliography & References Cited, Facilities & Other Resources, and Equipment sections;
- Biographical sketches;
- Detailed budget pages for a non-modular budget: K00 budgets consist of salary and fringe benefits, tuition and fees, other program related expenses, and indirect costs, as described in Part II, Section II of this Funding Opportunity Announcement. Other costs are not allowed;
- Updated sections of the PHS Career Development Award Supplemental Form should include:
- An updated Research Plan section: The Specific Aims should be updated to reflect current plans for the K00 phase and the updated Research Strategy should be described in less than 3 pages;
- A new Mentor, Co-Mentor, Consultant, Collaborators Section that also includes a plan for transitioning the candidate to the next stage of his/her career by the end of the project award period. The mentor should describe previous experience as a mentor, including type of mentoring (e.g., graduate students, career development awardees, postdoctoral students), number of persons mentored, and career outcomes. If the primary mentor has limited training experience, a co-mentor with a strong, successful track record as a mentor should be included;
- An updated Environment and Institutional Commitment to the Candidate Section
- Institutional Commitment to Candidate’s Research Career Development: If the candidate is not a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, the sponsoring institution must include information about the candidate’s visa status and an assurance that the candidate’s visa provides sufficient time to complete the K00 phase of the award at a U.S. institution.
- Updated Protections for Human Subjects and Inclusion of Women, Minorities and Children (as appropriate);
- Updated Other Research Plan Sections (as appropriate), including:
- Vertebrate Animals
- Select Agent Research
- Resource Sharing Plans
- Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources;
- Updated Biohazards
- Program Announcement
- Transition Info/Forms
- Informational Webinar held 12/13/2016 (slides with transcript)
- Nominee Webinar held 1/20/17 (slides with transcript)
- Answers to frequently asked questions
NCI Staff Contacts
For additional information regarding policies and/or guidance in preparing an application for the F99/K00 Award, contact:
- Dr. Michele McGuirl
- Branch Phone: 240-276-5630