NCI Transition CDA to Promote Diversity (10.12.20)

NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K22 Clinical Trial Required)

Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health

The purpose of the NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity is to assist postdoctoral fellows or individuals in equivalent positions to transition to positions of assistant professor or equivalent and initiate a successful biomedical career as an independent research scientist.

To this end, the Diversity Training Branch (DTB), within the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) ( invites applications from research scientists in postdoctoral positions or equivalent who are from backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and/or social sciences. This award will provide "protected time" through salary and research support for 3 years beginning at the time when the candidate starts a tenure-track faculty position.       

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 study to an existing trial, as part of their research and career development. Applicants not planning an independent clinical trial, or proposing to gain research experience in a clinical trial led by another investigator, must apply to companion FOA (PAR-18-366).    

Application Deadline:
K Series Deadlines: Oct. 12

Eligibility:  Junior Faculty; Medical Fellow/Resident; Minorities encouraged; Post Doctoral Fellows

Eligibility Requirements:

The overarching goal of NIH diversity programs is to enhance the pool of independent cancer research investigators from backgrounds nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences (NOT-OD-15-053).

Postdoctoral Investigators: At the time of the initial application submission, candidates for this award must: (1) have earned a terminal clinical or research doctorate (including PhD, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DMD, DVM, ScD, DNS, PharmD, or equivalent doctoral degree) or a combined research doctorate/clinical degree; (2) have at least 2 years of postdoctoral training in cancer research at the time of submission of the initial application (e.g., postdoctoral fellow, postdoctoral associate, clinical fellow, clinical associate or equivalent); and (3) have no more than a total of 8 years of mentored research training experience after the terminal clinical or research doctorate at the time of initial application.

Clinicians: Clinicians (including those with M.D., D.D.S, D.V.M. and other licensed professionals) in positions not designated as postdoctoral positions: Following clinical training or fellowship training periods, clinicians often obtain a clinical faculty position that denotes independence in clinical responsibilities but not in research. Time spent in clinical training is not counted for the 8-year postdoctoral research experience limit; a clinical faculty member who does not hold an independent research faculty position may be eligible for this K22 award, and should contact the NCI Program Director listed in Section VII for guidance. Clinicians in such positions are encouraged to obtain confirmation of their eligibility before they begin to prepare their applications. Such individuals may also wish to consider other career awards (see K Kiosk) available for junior faculty development.

Other Candidates: Some institutions appoint postdoctoral fellows in positions with other titles (e.g., research associate, instructor, or equivalent)  but they are still in mentored training positions. Candidates in such positions are encouraged to obtain confirmation of their eligibility before they begin to prepare their applications. It is incumbent upon the candidate to provide evidence that he/she is in a position that is equivalent to that of a post-doctoral scientist.

Investigators trained in Mathematics, Physical Sciences and/or Engineering may want to consider re-orienting to cancer-focused research careers. Such investigators should have some prior training in cancer research to be competitive for this non-mentored K22 grant.

NIH Intramural Candidates: Mentored, non-independent investigators in NIH intramural laboratories and other eligible agencies of the Federal Government are eligible to apply for the NCI K22 award.  Individuals affiliated with an NIH Intramural Laboratory may apply (specific information is available for intramural candidates on the Electronic Submission Intranet – link available only to users internal to NIH).

Individuals not affiliated with an organization may apply (specific information is available for unaffiliated candidates).

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