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Program Details

NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Early-Stage Postdoctoral Researchers (PAR-23-286, PAR-23-287, and PAR-23-288)

Sponsor: NIH
Internal Deadline: 12/13/2023
Institutional Submission Limit: 4
Sponsor Deadline: 02/14/2024
Program Website

The purpose of the NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Early-Stage Postdoctoral Researchers (K99/R00) program is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented, NCI-supported, independent investigators. This program is designed for postdoctoral fellows with research and/or clinical doctoral degrees who do not require an extended period of mentored research training beyond their doctoral degrees. The objective of this award is to facilitate a timely transition of these fellows from their mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty positions. The program will provide independent NCI research support during this transition to help awardees to launch competitive, independent research careers.

Slides from a program webinar are available on the website above.

Please note special limitations for these companion NOFOs:
Each eligible institution may submit up to a combined total of four applications (one in Data Science, one in Cancer Control Science, one in Cancer Prevention, and one in Other Cancer Research as defined below) to any companion funding opportunity or any combination of companion funding opportunities PAR-23-286 (K99/R00 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed), PAR-23-287 (K99/R00 - Independent Clinical Trial Required) or PAR-23-288 (K99/R00 - Independent Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required).

This program has 3 deadlines per year: February, June, and October. Please see website for exact dates.


Submission Process

Limited submissions MUST be coordinated with the Office of the Vice President for Research.

If interested in applying for this opportunity, email a two-page project abstract, include at top the project title, PI, and list of key collaborators, as well as a 2-3 page CV/biosketch for the PI (SCiENcv preferred) by 5pm on the INTERNAL DEADLINE above to Julie Morris at

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