Current NIH policy does allow a K awardee to reduce effort on their K award, but only within the final 2 years of the award and only if the K awardee obtains funding as a PI on a research project grant (e.g., R01) or as a project leader on a program project grant (e.g., P01) or equivalent application. In turn, the requested budget for the research project grant or program project grant must request appropriate amounts for salary and associated costs for the K awardee, which will likely be reduced to 50% salary and associated costs on the K award if the concurrent application is awarded. In addition, throughout the duration of the K award, the total level of research commitment for the K awardee must remain at 75% of full-time professional effort (i.e., 9 person-months). During the first 3 years of a K award, K awardees can be included on research project grants, but work cannot detract from the career development program of the K award and the requested budget cannot commit professional effort (i.e., person-months) for the K awardee. To learn more, read the NIH Policy Statement (NOT-OD-08-065).