NINDS Postdoctoral Mentored Career Development Award (K01 No Independent Clinical Trial Allowed)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The purpose of the NINDS Postdoctoral Mentored Career Development Award is to support the ability of outstanding, mentored postdoctoral researchers to develop a potentially impactful research project with a comprehensive career development plan that will enable them to launch an independent research program. Candidates are encouraged to apply for support from this NINDS K01 any time between the second through fourth year of cumulative mentored postdoctoral research experience, and may be supported by this NINDS K01 within the first 6 years of cumulative postdoctoral research experience. Because the completion of a strong, well-planned, thorough career development plan, in addition to development of an impactful research project, is a critical aspect of this K01, applications are strongly encouraged early in the postdoctoral eligibility window. By the end of the proposed K01 award period, the candidate should be poised to begin an independent research career with a well-developed, impactful research project and the expertise required to become a leader in the field.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed specifically for applicants proposing research that does not involve leading an independent small clinical trial. Applicants to this FOA are permitted to propose research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor. Applicants proposing an independent small clinical trial as lead investigator, should apply to the companion FOA (PAR-20-050).


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

PAR-20-049 Expiration Date: January 8, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

This FOA is only open to candidates with a research doctorate (Ph.D. or equivalent) or candidates who have a clinical doctorate but will not have a license to practice clinically for the duration of the K01 award. Individuals who currently have a license to practice clinically, or will have a license to practice clinically at any time during the K01 period, are not eligible. Candidates with a clinical doctorate (M.D. or equivalent) who are or will be licensed to practice clinically are encouraged to use either the K08, K23 or K99 mechanisms. This NINDS K01 will support only those in mentored, postdoctoral research positions. Individuals with any kind of faculty position (including Instructor, Research Assistant Professor, etc.) are not eligible to apply for this NINDS postdoctoral K01. If a K01 awardee transitions to a faculty position within the first 18 months of this award, the award will be terminated. However, if the awardee transitions to a faculty position after the first 18 months of the award, up to 12 months of the remaining time on the award may be used to support the scholar in the independent position.

In addition to standard, automatic NIH leave policies, fellows who have children while supported by an award made under this FOA, either through childbirth or adoption, are encouraged to consider requesting a six-month paid extension of their K01. NINDS may provide one six-month extension during the mentored postdoctoral period to ensure that K01 research and career development can be completed. Requests must be submitted in writing, following the procedures described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, Section 12.13.1.

Current and former PDs/PIs on NIH research project (R01), program project (P01), center grants (P50), SBIR/STTR (R41, R42, R43, R44), other major individual career development awards (e.g., K01, K07, K08, K22, K23, K25, K76, K99/R00), as well as current and former leads of sub-projects of program project (P01), sub-projects of center grants (P50), or the equivalent of any of these mechanisms, are not eligible. Current and former PDs/PIs of an NIH Small Grant (R03), Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21), Dissertation Award (R36) remain eligible.

      Funding Type



      Medical Fellow/Resident
      Post Doctoral Fellows


      Medical - Basic Science
      Medical - Clinical Science
      Social Sciences

      External Deadline

      February 12, 2020