Limited Submission Funding Opportunity: NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers (K99/R00)



The purpose of the NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding 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. Researchers in the scientific areas of data science and cancer control science are especially encouraged to work with their institutions to apply.


The three linked RFAs above represent three distinct companion RFAs under the umbrella of this announcement. The eligibility restrictions detailed below treat applications to any of these three RFAs as a combined set


K99 phase up to $100,000 per year

R00 phase up to $249,000 per year


Each eligible institution (defined as having a unique DUNS number or NIHNational Institutes of Health IPF number) may submit up to a combined total of three applications (one in Data Science, one in Cancer Control Science, and one in Other Sciences) to any companion RFA or any combination of companion RFAs


Interested investigators should submit the following materials via InfoReady Review by DATE: 12/16/2022

  • Questions outlined in InfoReady Review application;
  • A letter of recommendation from the appropriate department chair or faculty member
  • A brief statement (up to 2 pages) by the candidate describing their scientific achievement, proposed project, and an overview of the candidate‚Äôs path from prior experience through the proposed transition to independence;
  • Up-to-date CV or biosketch.

A faculty committee drawn from both campuses will review internal proposals and select nominees.

Internal Materials Due: Friday, December 16, 2022
Sponsor Deadline: Tuesday, February 28, 2023