No. The NIH offers 2 types of K awards – mentored K awards and non-mentored K awards. Mentored K awards (i.e. K01, K03, K23, K25, and K99/R00) are primarily intended for new and early-stage investigators who need salary support and protected time to undertake intensive, supervised career development. They require the candidate to devote a minimum of 9 person-months (75% of full-time professional effort) to the conduct of research for the duration of the award. Many institutes and centers (ICs) within the NIH participate in the mentored K award program. Fewer ICs within the NIH participate in non-mentored K awards (i.e., K02, K05, K07, K22, K24, K18), which are primarily utilized by more established investigators looking to acquire new research capabilities.