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NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award

Modified: February 29, 2016

The goal of the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to encourage outstanding, late-stage graduate students with a demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent researchers by facilitating their transition to a postdoctoral position.

The F99/K00 award is intended for graduate students who require 1-2 years to complete their Ph.D. dissertation research training (F99 phase) before transitioning to mentored postdoctoral research training (K00 phase). Therefore, applicants are expected to propose an individualized research training plan for the next 1-2 years of dissertation research training and a plan for 3-4 years of mentored postdoctoral research and career development activities that will prepare them for independent cancer-focused research careers.

The F99/K00 award is meant to provide up to 6 years of support in two phases. The initial (F99) phase will provide support for 1-2 years of dissertation research (final experiments, dissertation preparation, and selection of a postdoctoral mentor). The transition (K00) phase will provide up to 4 years of mentored postdoctoral research career development support, contingent upon successful completion of the dissertation degree requirements and securing a postdoctoral position for further research training and career development leading to research independence. The two award phases are intended to be continuous in time. A K00 award will be made only to a PD/PI who has successfully completed the F99-supported training, secured a postdoctoral appointment, and provided NCI with a strong research and career development plan.

The Lurie Cancer Center will be leading the limited submission process and can nominate only 1 applicant from Northwestern. Therefore, if your graduate student is interested in applying, please have them submit a brief project outline (1 page max) along with the student's CV to Robin Leikin at rleikin@northwestern.edu no later than Tuesday, January 12. The deadline for applications to the NIH is February 19, 2016. A letter of intent is due January 19.

The RFA guidelines can be found here.

Training Grant Director, Funding and Career Development