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Niaid career development awards and review

NIAID Career Development Awards and Review

Gary S. Madonna, Ph.D.

Scientific Review Administrator

Scientific Review Program

Division of Extramural Activities

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


Where are applications reviewed
Where are applications reviewed?

  • CSR

  • Study Sections

  • Research Project Grants (R01s)

  • AREA Grants (R15s)

  • Fellowships (F32s & F31s)

  • SBIRs

  • Shared Instrumentation Grants

  • Small Grants (R03s)

  • Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21s)


  • Scientific Rev. Grps.

  • Contract Rev. Ctees.

  • Program Project Grants (P01s)

  • Center Grants (P30s)

  • Training Grants (T32s)

  • K Grants

  • RFAs (some of which will be for R01s)

  • Contracts

Niaid has 3 standing chartered review committees
NIAID has 3 Standing (chartered) Review Committees:

  • Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research Committee (MIDRC)

  • Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation Research Committee (AITRC)

  • AIDS Research Review Committee (AIDSRRC)

Factors considered in selection of committee members
Factors Considered in Selection of Committee Members

  • Scientific experience and expertise

  • Training interest and experience

  • MD/PH.D mix (clinical/research)

  • Gender and Minority representation

  • Geographic distribution

K mechanisms supported by niaid
K Mechanisms Supported by NIAID

  • Career Development Awards

    • Mentored Awards

      • K01- Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (started in 2004)

      • K08- Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award

      • K23- Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award

      • K25- Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award

    • Research Scholar Development Award (K22)

    • Independent Scientist Award (K02)

    • Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24)

Niaid career development awards and review


Diversity Supplements

Overall reviewers look for
Overall, reviewers look for:

  • Eligibility and right stage of career for the award (different for each type of K award)

  • Use NIAID website to assess different mechanisms:

Mentored awards k01 k08 k23 k25
Mentored Awards (K01, K08, K23, K25)

  • Candidate

  • Mentor

  • Career Development Plan

  • Research Plan

  • Environment and Institutional Commitment

  • Overall, looking for the outstanding candidate with…

    • The mentor

    • The career development plan

    • The research plan

    • At the place to get it all done so that the awardee will become fully competitive for an R01

Research scholar development award k22
Research Scholar Development Award (K22)

  • The purpose of the RSDA is to ease the transition to an academic position by enabling the recipient to focus on the establishment of his/her research laboratory prior to submitting applications for grant support.

  • Applicants must be either

    • postdoctoral fellows in an NIAID intramural laboratory,

    • postdoctoral trainees supported by an NIAID Institutional NRSA training grant (T32) or an NIAID Individual NRSA postdoctoral fellowship (F32), or

    • postdoctoral trainees supported by NIAID Research Supplements for Underrepresented Minorities (RSUMs).

  • This is a two-phase award

Independent scientist award k02
Independent Scientist Award (K02)

  • For newly independent scientists who can demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research focus as a means of enhancing their research careers. This award is intended to foster the development of outstanding scientists and enable them to expand their potential to make significant contributions to their field of research.

  • You’re eligible if you have a doctoral degree and your own research project grant (R01 or equivalent)

  • Most successful candidates are assistant professors or just-promoted associate professors

Midcareer investigator award in patient oriented research k24
Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24)

  • For established clinicians or Ph.D.s committed to patient-oriented research

  • Must have concurrent support

  • Should have completed clinical training within past 15 years

  • Apply if you want to mentor young scientists engaged in clinical research

  • Only NIAID K award that is renewable

Add on no extra charge loan repayment programs
Add on (no extra charge): (K24)Loan Repayment Programs

  • To encourage retention of health professionals (i.e. physicians) in research

  • NIH is aware of high medical school debt levels

  • Up to $35,000 in eligible debt + taxes

  • 2 year contract

  • Must devote 50% of time to research for the next two yrs


  • Deadline- Dec 31st

Niaid loan repayment programs

Pediatric LRP (K24)

For basic or clinical research

PhDs or DVMs have to make a very strong case

Clinical LRP

For clinical research

“Clinical” means “conducted with human subjects” or where there is direct interaction with human subjects

NIAID Loan Repayment Programs

Niaid career development awards and review

We must not cease from exploration. (K24)

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we began,

And to know the place,

For the first time.

T. S. Eliot