K01: Research Scientist Development Award

Most recent funding announcement:  PA-20-190 (no clinical trials) and PA-20-176  (clinical trials)

The K01 at NIDDK

The purpose of the NIDDK K01 award is to provide an intensive, supervised, research and career development experience for nonclinical, doctoral researchers as they transition to independent research careers. 

Award Highlights

  • 3 to 5 years of non-renewable support for transition period between postdoctoral training and an independent research career
  • transitions Ph.D., or equivalently trained, junior faculty to independence


NIDDK will provide

  • up to $90,000 per year for salary
  • the appropriate fringe benefits
  • up to $25,000 per year for research support for K01 awards

There is also an option for an additional $75,000 per year in the last 2 years of the K01 award via the NIDDK Small Grant Program (R03), which allows K01 investigators to pursue a project without a mentor and demonstrate increasing independence.


Principal Investigator

Applicants must have

  • a research-based doctorate (usually a Ph.D.) or comparable nonclinical doctoral degree. Individuals who have a clinical doctorate from another country and are not board-eligible in the United States are eligible for the K01
  • completed at least 2 years, but no more than 7 years, of postdoctoral research training
  • a minimum of 9 calendar months (75% of the year) worth of effort to dedicate to this project
  • identified a mentor
  • designed a strong research proposal


Before applying

  • read the complete notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for the K01
  • contact the appropriate program director at the NIDDK to discuss your eligibility
    • providing Specific Aims and your NIH biosketch will expedite this process


New Applications

  • February 12
  • June 12
  • October 12


  • March 12
  • July 12
  • November 12

Staff Contact

Contact the appropriate program director from the list of Career Development Staff Contacts.

Last Reviewed November 2023