The Pathway to Independence Award program provides an opportunity for outstanding new investigators to obtain two forms of support (K99 and R00) from a single NIH award. The candidate must propose a research project that will be pursued during the K99 phase and transition into an independent project during the R00 phase of the award. The candidate and mentor(s) together will be responsible for all aspects of the mentored (K99 phase) career development and research program. This initial phase of mentored support (K99) will allow the candidate 1-2 additional years to obtain additional training, complete research, publish results, and bridge to an independent research position.
Following the mentored phase, the individual may request up to 3 years of support to conduct research as an independent scientist at an extramural sponsoring institution/organization to which the individual has been recruited, been offered and has accepted a tenure-track, full-time assistant professor position (or equivalent). This support is to allow the individual to continue to work toward establishing his/her own independent research program and prepare an application for regular research grant support (R01). Support for the independent phase, however, is not automatic and is contingent upon being accepted by an appropriate extramural institution and the successful NIH programmatic review of the individual's mentored phase of the award.
Because the focus is on achieving independence as a researcher, reviewers should consider this mechanism as a career development award rather than an independent research project.
Applicant eligibility will be determined by NIH staff before applications are sent out for review. If a reviewer has questions about the eligibility of an applicant, these questions should be communicated in an administrative note, but must not be considered when evaluating the merit of the application.
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