Mentored Career Development Program (K01) for Early Stage Investigators Using Nonhuman Primate Research Models (K01 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide early-stage investigators with support and “protected time” (up to five years) for intensive, research-focused career development program activities under the guidance of an experienced mentorship team with expertise in both the preclinical application of nonhuman primate (NHP) models and in translation of the results from such studies to clinical application. The focus of this program is to increase the number of highly skilled scientists using NHP models to address complex translational biomedical research designed to foster translation of outcomes into the clinic. The expectation is that through this sustained period of research career development and training, awardees will launch independent research careers and become competitive for new research project grant (e.g., R01) funding.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed specifically for applicants proposing research that does not involve leading an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or an ancillary study to a clinical trial. Applicants to this FOA are permitted to propose research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor.

Companion FOA: PAR-20-231, HIV/AIDS Scholars Using Nonhuman Primate (NHP) Models Program (K01 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)


  • K Series Due Dates: Feb. 12, June 12, Oct. 12
  • AIDS Application Due Date(s): Jan. 7, May 7, Sep. 7

PAR-20-258 Expiration Date January 08, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

 Candidates for this K01 award must have a research, veterinary or health-professional doctoral degree and must be within 10 years of their terminal professional degree or residency at the time of application, whichever date is later. The candidate can be a postdoctoral scientist/research fellow, Assistant Professor, Assistant Scientist, Research Assistant Professor, or equivalent. The candidate must be affiliated with an accredited NHP facility, such as a National Primate Research Center or equivalent, which can provide NHPs, core facilities and intellectual resources for using NHPs in research. In situations where the sponsoring institution does not house a National Primate Research Center or equivalent, the description of the institutional environment should specify how the sponsoring institution will collaborate with such an institution to assure support for the candidate. If exceptionally well-justified, the candidate can have a primary appointment at an institution distinct from that which houses NHP-related facilities and infrastructure. However, all work directly related to animals must be performed at the institution that houses the NHP-related facilities and related-infrastructure. Professors, Associate Professors or equivalent, regardless of grant history, are not eligible.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

October 12, 2022