The Research Concierge Service (RCS) has compiled a list of the most common federally-funded mentored awards that are available to biomedical researchers. Mentored awards prepare junior faculty for independent research careers by providing a sustained period of intensive mentored research training and tailored career development activities. Please note: Table reads best when in FULL SCREEN mode. 

Program NameDescriptionDegree RequirementsEligibility ConsiderationsCitizenship StatusAgencyWeb Links
Ko1 - Mentored Research Scientist Development Award

For support of a scientist, committed to research, in need of both advanced research training and additional experience. Click here for more information about the NIH K awards.


Research or health-professional doctoral degreeAt the time of award, the candidate must have a full-time appointment at the applicant institution.
U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent residentNIHK01 Parent Announcement
PA-14-044
K07 - Academic Career Development Award
Program seeks to increase the pool of individuals with academic and research expertise to become academic researchers and to enhance the educational or research capacity at the sponsoring institution. There are two (2) types of K07s: (1) Development Awards for more junior candidates and (2) Leadership Awards for more senior individuals. Click here for more information about the NIH K awards.



Clinical, research, or health-professional doctoral degree At the time of award, the candidate must have a full-time appointment at the applicant institution.


U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent residentNIH
NIA’s K08 Announcement
PAR-15-078


NCI’s K08 Announcement
PAR-15-033
K08 - Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award To provide the opportunity for promising medical scientists with a clinical doctoral degree to demonstrate aptitude to develop into independent investigators. Click here for more information about the NIH K awards.

Clinical doctoral degreeAt the time of award, the candidate must have a full-time appointment at the applicant institution.U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent residentNIHK08 Parent Announcement
PAR-14-046



K22 - Career Transition AwardInstitutes within the NIH vary greatly in how they use the K22 award. Some Institutes treat the K22 as a 2-phase award, providing an initial 2 years of mentored research followed by 3 years of independent support. Other Institutes treat the K22 as a bridge grant for independent faculty, while other K22s are directed to postdocs transitioning into tenure-track positions. Click here for more information about the NIH K awards.
Varies by Institute/CenterRefer to the funding announcement issued by each InstituteU.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent residentNIHRefer to the funding announcement issued by each Institute
K23 - Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development AwardTo provide support for the career development of investigators with a research or health-professional doctoral degree who have made a commitment of focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research. Click here for more information about the NIH K awards.


Research or health-professional doctoral degreeAt the time of award, the candidate must have a full-time appointment at the applicant institution.U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent residentNIHK23 Parent Announcement
PAR-14-049
K25 - Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award To provide a period of supervised study and research for productive professionals with quantitative and engineering backgrounds. Click here for more information about the NIH K awards.Advanced degree in a quantitative area of science or engineering (M.S.E.E., Ph.D., D.Sc., etc.) At the time of award, the candidate must have a full-time appointment at the applicant institution.U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent residentNIHK25 Parent Announcement
PAR-14-048




K99/R00 - Pathways to Independence Award This 2-phase award provides 1-2 years of mentored support, followed by up to 3 years of independent support contingent on securing an independent tenure-track or equivalent research position. Click here for more information about the NIH K awards.
Applicants with a PhD or equivalent research doctoral degree with no more than 4 years of total aggregate postdoctoral research experience at the time of applicationCandidate must have a full-time appointment. To activate the
R00 Phase, candidate must accept a tenure-track, full-time assistant professor position (or equivalent) by the end of the K99 project period.
No citizenship requirement. Must reside in and work at U.S.-based institutionNIHK99/R00 Parent Announcement
PA-16-077


Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) K01The K01 provides support for an intensive, mentored research career development experience in comparative effectiveness research (CER) methods as applied to patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR).

Research doctoral degreeAt the time of award, the candidate must have a full-time appointment at the applicant institution.U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent residentAHRQAHRQ K01
PA-13-181


CAREER ProgramThe CAREER program supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Click here for more information about the CAREER program.





Research doctoral degreeBy October 1 following the deadline, the candidate must be employed in a tenure-track position as an assistant professor.U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent residentNSFCAREER Solicitation
15-555

Mentored Research Scientist Development AwardProvides support and protected time for an intensive, supervised career development experience in occupational health and safety research leading to research independence.


Research or health-professional doctoral or medical degreeAt the time of award, the candidate must have a full-time appointment at the applicant institution.U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent residentCDCCDC K01
PAR-13-245

Young Investigator Program (YIP)Through its Investigator Program, the U.S. Department of Defense supports scientists and engineers that show exceptional promise for conducting basic research. The following branches all administer a Young Investigator Program (YIP): Office of Naval Research (ONR), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and the Army Research Office (ARO).


Research doctoral degree received within the last 5 yearsAt time of application, the candidate must have a full-time tenure-track or tenure-track equivalent faculty position and must have received their Ph.D. within the last 5 years.
U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent residentDODOffice of Naval Research (ONR)

Air Force Office of Scientific Research
AFOSR

Army Research Office (ARO)



NIH = National Institutes of Health
NSF = National Science Foundation
DOD = U.S. Department of Defense
CDC = U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
AHRQ = Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality