NHLBI Career Transition Award for Intramural Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Trainees (K22 Clinical Trial Required)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The purpose of the NHLBI Career Transition Award (K22) program is to provide highly qualified postdoctoral fellows and other doctoral-level researchers still in trainingin the NHLBI Division of Intramural Research the opportunity to transition their research programs to extramural institutions as junior investigators. To achieve these objectives, the NHLBI Career Transition Award will support two phases of research: a mentored intramural phase (up to two years) and an extramural phase (three years), for a total of five years of combined support. Transition from the intramural phase of support to the extramural phase is not automatic. Approval of the transition will be based on the success of the awardee's research program during the mentored phase as determined by an NHLBI progress review, which will include an evaluation of a research plan to be carried out at the extramural institution.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed specifically for applicants proposing to serve as the lead investigator of an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or a separate ancillary clinical trial, as part of their research and career development. Applicants not proposing to serve as lead investigator of an independent clinical trial, or are proposing to gain research experience in a clinical trial led by another investigator, must apply to the companion FOA,PAR-18-772 "NHLBI Career Transition Award for Intramural Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Trainees (K22 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)".


  • K Series Deadlines: Feb. 12, Jun. 12, Oct. 12
  • AIDS Deadlines: Jan. 7, May 7, Sep. 7.

PAR-18-771 Expiration Date: January 8, 2021

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Eligibility Requirements

Only the NHLBI intramural program is eligible to apply for the mentored phase of this K22 program on behalf of intramural candidates. The NHLBI intramural program is not eligible to apply for the independent phase. Specific information is available for intramural administrative staff on the Electronic Submission Intranet (available only to users internal to NIH). 

NHLBI postdoctoral fellows and other doctoral-level NHLBI researchers still in training are invited to work with their mentors to develop an application for support. Individuals who have been accepted to an intramural NHLBI postdoctoral position may work with their prospective mentors to develop an application for submission after their intramural appointment begins. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support. Applicants are encouraged to apply relatively early in their intramural appointment. Multiple PDs/PIs are not allowed.

By the time of award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United Status or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551, or other legal verification of such status).

Individuals in the NHLBI intramural program in positions other than postdoctoral positions may be  eligible if they can demonstate they are still in a non-independent phase of training. All applicants must propose training that is essential to achieve an independent position and layout a credible plan that will benefit from continued mentoring. Applications lacking this information may be administratively withdrawn from consideration.

Candidates for this award must have earned a terminal degree or research doctorate (including PhD, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DVM, ScD, DNS, PharmD, or equivalent doctoral degree), or a combined clinical and research doctoral degree. The candidate must have postdoctoral research experience, during which the potential for highly productive basic or clinical research was demonstrated. During the intramural phase of the award, the candidate will spend full time on research. The required research experience must be completed in an intramural NIH laboratory.

To obtain support for the extramural phase, at the time of the award candidates must have a full time formal tenure-track (or equivalent) appointment offer at the academic institution that is the applicant institution.

    Amount Description

    See full solicitation for details.

    Funding Type



    Medical Fellow/Resident
    Post Doctoral Fellows


    Environmental & Life Sciences
    Medical - Basic Science
    Medical - Clinical Science
    Medical - Translational

    External Deadline

    February 12, 2020