Soup To Nuts: The NIH Proposal Process (Part Four)


Today’s post is one in a series exploring the process of preparing and submitting an NIH proposal. 

Part I – Overview/Regular Research Grants

Part II – Regular Research Grants

Part III – Program Project/Center/Training Grants


Fellowship Awards

F30 – An Individual Predoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) for M.D./Ph.D. Fellowships is provided to support predoctoral training in advance of a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree, with the goal of training physician-scientists in a variety of disciplines.

F31 – An F31 NRSA is designed to provide doctoral candidates with training in specific health and health-related areas that will lead towards a research degree.

F32 – An F32 NRSA provides postdoctoral research students training within clinical, biomedical or behavioral areas in an effort to expand the potential scope of their future research activities.

Career Transition Awards

K99/R00 – The ‘Pathway to Independence (PI) Award’ is one of the more interesting career development grants made available by NIH, as it acts as a hybrid to span postdoctoral and independent research projects.  In the first phase (K99), the candidate receives mentored support to permit him/her to receive the necessary training, complete research projects and publish accordingly, and, in general, proceed to an independent research position.  In phase two (R00), the award allows the candidate to continue his/her efforts towards establishing an independent research program, as well as to prepare an R01 application.  PI Awards have a term limit of five years: the K99 portion can be up to two years, whereas the R00 cycle is limited to three.  Budget requirements are specific to the related NIH Center and Institute.

Next time: Congratulations, You’ve Filed!  Now What?