NIDCD Research Career Enhancement Award for Established Investigators (K18 Independent Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The purpose of the NIDCD Research Career Enhancement Award for Established Investigators (K18) program is to enable established, proven investigators to augment or redirect their research programs through the acquisition of new research skills to answer questions relevant to the hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language sciences.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement is for basic science experimental studies involving humans, referred to in NOT-OD-18-212 as “prospective basic science studies involving human participants.”  These studies fall within the NIH definition of a clinical trial and also meet the definition of basic research.  Types of studies that should submit under this FOA include studies that prospectively assign human participants to conditions (i.e., experimentally manipulate independent variables) and that assess biomedical or behavioral outcomes in humans for the purpose of understanding the fundamental aspects of phenomena without specific application towards processes or products in mind. Studies conducted with specific applications toward processes or products in mind should submit under the appropriate FOA: PAR-18-562 ‘Independent Clinical Trial Required.’ Applicants not planning an independent clinical trial or basic experimental study with humans, or proposing to gain research experience in a clinical trial or basic experimental study with humans led by another investigator, must apply to companion FOA PAR-18-564 ‘Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed’ FOA.


  • Application Deadlines: February 8, 2019; June 6, 2019; October 8, 2019; February 6, 2020; June 8, 2020; and October 8, 2020
  • AIDS Deadlines: Jan. 7, May 7, Sep. 7.

PAR-19-143 Expiration Date: January 8, 2021

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Eligibility Requirements

Candidates for this award must have a research or health-professional doctoral degree, or a combined health-professional and research doctoral degree. This award is intended for well-established investigators at the academic rank of Associate Professor or Professor, or the equivalent in non-academic settings, who have established records of independent, peer-reviewed Federal or private research grant funding. Applicants are not required to have active research grant support at the time of application for this award.

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

February 6, 2020