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
NIH K01 - 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-16-190

NIH 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
PA-16-191



NIH 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 residentNIHK22 does not have a Parent Announcement. Refer to the funding announcements issued by each Institute.
NIH 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-16-198
NIH 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
PA-16-194




NIH 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-16-193


AHRQ K01: Mentored Research Scientist - Research Career Development AwardThe primary purpose of the AHRQ's K01 award is to prepare qualified individuals for careers in health services research. Within the AHRQ’s mission, specific priority areas of focus are: (1) Improve health care quality by accelerating implementation of Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR), (2) Make health care safer, (3) Increase accessibility by evaluating expansions of insurance coverage, and (4) Improve health care affordability, efficiency and cost transparency .




Research doctoral degree (or equivalent)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 residentAHRQAHRQ K01
PA-16-223


NSF CAREER AwardThe 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
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CDC K01: Mentored Research Scientist Development AwardThe purpose of the CDC's K01, which is awarded under the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), is to provide "protected time" for junior research scientists to facilitate their transition from the mentored to the independent stages of their careers in occupational health and safety research.
The NIOSH invites applications from advanced postdoctoral and/or newly independent research scientists (usually with a Ph.D. or M.D. degree) in biomedical or behavioral sciences who are pursuing careers in research areas supported by the NIOSH.





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

DOD Young Investigator Program (YIP)Through its Young Investigator Program (YIP), the U.S. Department of Defense supports scientists and engineers that show exceptional promise for conducting basic research. The following branches all participate in the YIP. Most grants follow a 3-year performance period. Each branch utilizes a slightly different process for seeking competitive proposals.

- Army Research Office (ARO)
- Office of Naval Research (ONR)
- Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)


Research doctoral degree (or equivalent)At 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 residentDODArmy Research Office (ARO)
The YIP is authorized through a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), which seeks competitive proposals for basic and applied research.

Office of Naval Research (ONR)
The ONR releases an annual funding opportunity announcement. The FY2017 announcement was posted on 08/04/16 with full proposals due 11/04/16 and a start date of 06/01/17.

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
The YIP is authorized through a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).







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