Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08) : NIDDK

Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08)

  • The purpose of the K08 award is to provide a flexible approach to training for clinicians (M.D., D.V.M., or other clinical degree) committed to an academic research career. The NIDDK wishes to promote the training of clinical investigators who, in addition to being excellent physicians, are excellent researchers. The K08 award supports up to five years of a mentored research experience, as well as related career development activities, in basic, clinical, or behavioral science areas appropriate to the NIDDK.
  • Applicants should have completed all their clinical training and be board eligible by the time the award would begin. MD applicants who have trained in another country and who are not board eligible in the U.S. are not appropriate candidates for NIDDK K08 awards.
  • Applicants with little or no research experience will require a more structured training program and therefore may want to incorporate the courses and requirements that will lead to a master's degree into their K08 application. The research proposal from these individuals may incorporate an initial period of didactic coursework and training in laboratory techniques for the first two years of the K08 award, followed by a more laboratory-intensive research period of up to three years.
  • Applicants with more research experience, such as those holding both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, typically will have less need for didactic coursework and should propose a five year research project as well as career development plans that will build upon their past experience and position them for independent funding.
  • All applicants for K08 awards are encouraged to take advantage of the mentors available to them at their institutions and have, in addition to a primary mentor, one or more co-mentors, as appropriate. The NIDDK will provide up to $90,000 for salary, the appropriate fringe benefits, and up to $25,000 for research support for each of five years for K08 awards.
  • NIDDK does not issue a separate announcement for this program.

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