The NCI Transition Career Development Award

Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-24-117

Deadlines: June 12, 2024, July 12, 2024, October 12, 2024


The overall goal of the NIH Research Career Development program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) support a variety of mentored and non-mentored career development award programs designed to foster the transition of new investigators to research independence and to support established investigators in achieving specific objectives. Candidates should review the different career development (K) award programs to determine the best program to support their goals. More information about Career programs may be found at the NIH Research Training and Career Development website.

Doctoral-level investigators pursuing careers in all fields of cancer research often require extended periods of mentored research training beyond their original doctoral degrees (e.g., M.D., M.D./Ph.D., or Ph.D.). These investigators perform their research training at domestic extramural institutions/organizations, as well as in Federal research groups. Many of these investigators need additional protected time to develop successful independent research programs.

The objective of the NCI Transition Career Development Award (K22) is to provide support to mentored, non-independent investigators in transitioning to their first independent tenure-track faculty cancer research positions, or their equivalent, with an enhanced probability of success for obtaining independent NIH or other research project grant support. Candidates in mentored, non-independent cancer research positions who have had at least 2 years of postdoctoral cancer research training, but, no more than a total of 8 years of mentored, non-independent training experience after the terminal research doctorate or clinical degree may apply, and if selected for funding, must obtain tenure-track faculty, or equivalent, positions before awards will be issued.

For more information, please see the opportunity website.