NIOSH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)

Funding Agency:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The purpose of the NIOSH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) is to provide support and 75% “protected time” for an intensive, supervised (mentored) career development experience in occupational health and safety research leading to research independence.

NIOSH supports K01 grants to help ensure the availability of an adequate number and diversity of highly trained scientists and educators to address critical occupational safety and health issues.

Applicants must concisely describe the occupational health burden addressed in their proposal and must link the need for the proposed research activities to planned outputs that will help alleviate this burden. Applicants should clearly articulate the anticipated impacts of the proposed research, both during the project period and beyond.


  • July 19, 2018 for New applications;

  • August 10, 2018 for Resubmission and Revision applications.

  • Standard dates apply for future due dates. (K Series Deadlines: Feb. 12, Jun. 12, Oct. 12.)

PAR-18-799 Expiration Date: November 18, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

A candidate for a NIOSH K01 Award may not simultaneously submit or have under review an application for any other PHS award that duplicates or highly overlaps with the provisions of the NIOSH K01 award. Current principal investigators on CDC/NIOSH or NIH awards are not eligible.

Applicants for the K01, under some circumstances, may have been principal investigators on CDC/NIOSH or NIH research or career development awards and are still eligible for this award, provided the research experience proposed in the K01 application is in a fundamentally new field of study. Applicants are therefore strongly encouraged to contact the NIOSH Scientific/Research Contact listed in Section VII prior to preparing an application, to discuss issues of eligibility, program relevance, and specific provisions of this award.

At the time of award, the candidate must have a full-time appointment at the applicant institution. NIOSH does not require applicants to be on a tenure track for K01 eligibility. Candidates may not consider Veterans Affairs (VA) appointments in satisfying the full-time status requirement at the applicant institution. Candidates with VA appointments should contact the NIOSH Scientific/Research Contact listed in Section VII prior to preparing an application to discuss their eligibility.

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

K01 award recipients are encouraged to obtain funding from CDC, NIOSH, NIH, or other federal sources either as a named PD/PI on a competing research grant award or cooperative agreement or as a sub-project director on a competing multi-project award. At the time the research grant is awarded, the effort required on the K01 award may be reduced to no less than 6 person-months (50% full-time professional effort) at the grantee organization and replaced by effort from the other research award so that the total level of research commitment remains at 9 person-months (75% full-time professional effort) or more for the duration of the K01 award. See NOT-OD-08-065 and NOT-OD-09-036 for more details.



Amount Description

Award budgets are composed of salary and other program-related expenses, as described below, and cannot exceed $100,000 in direct costs per budget period (including consortium F&A costs).

Applicants can request varying support levels for salary and other program-related expenses. However, the sum of these direct costs cannot exceed $100,000 per budget period.

Indirect costs are limited to 8%. Therefore, the maximum total costs budget allowed for a 3-year period of performance is $324,000.

The total period of performance may not exceed 3 years.

Funding Type



Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


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

External Deadline

February 12, 2020