Eligibility Requirements

The NIH K12 grant requires the Scholar (faculty member) appointed to the award to commit 75% of effort to the project with a maximum support of $75,000 in salary and fringe combined, chargeable to the NIH grant.  Since $75,000 is generally not enough to cover the actual 75% of a pediatric faculty’s salary and fringe, the division/section where the Scholar is appointed is expected to cost share the balance to ensure that 75% of the Scholar’s effort is devoted to the K12 grant. In addition to the $75,000 (salary and fringe combined) supported directly by the grant annually, the K12 allocates $19,000 for Other Support with $3,000 in Travel for the Scholar and $16,000 in Other Cost (lab supplies, lab techs, tuition/fees, data service support, etc).

Details on citizenship requirements are available in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Scholars selected must have the potential to develop into independent investigators. At the time of appointment to the K-12 Program, candidates for CHRCDA Scholars must:

  • Be a pediatrician holding the MD degree;
  • Have completed postgraduate residency training in pediatrics;
  • Be no more than 4 years after attaining board eligibility in their subspecialty;
  • Identify an approved mentor or mentors with extensive research experience;
  • Not be or have been a PI on an R01, R29, U01/U10, subproject of a Program Project (P01), Center (P50, P60, U54) grant, or individual mentored or non-mentored career development award (e.g., K01, K02, K08, K22, K23, K24, K25, K99).  Individuals who are or were PIs on NIH Small Grants (i.e., R03s) or Exploratory/Developmental Grants (i.e., R21s) may be eligible providing they meet the other eligibility requirements. Individuals who received Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP) K-12 funds are eligible for this program.

Support for Scholars will be provided through a minimum of two consecutive 12-month appointments, renewable in annual increments, for up to five years total. Support of Scholars is renewable at the discretion of the PD/PI (Wade Clapp), contingent upon presentation of evidence of satisfactory progress as determined by the Advisory Committee.

The Scholar position is a faculty appointment, not a fellowship or extension of a fellowship position. Completion of subspecialty training is not required. Scholars may be appointed to the K12 program in the final research year of subspecialty fellowship training, if the fellowship provides basic science training similar to this K-12 program.

Some individuals who are interested in the K12 program may have had a career hiatus because of family responsibilities, uniformed service, or other circumstances.  For such individuals, the hiatus will not count against the 4-year limit specified above.  New Scholar appointments may be made any time during the year.

During the period of this award, Scholars may not accept or hold any other PHS award that duplicates the provisions of this career award. However, Scholars may remain eligible for other individual mentored career development awards (e.g., K01, K08, K22, K23, K25, K99) at the conclusion of the K12 appointment if additional training is needed to establish research independence.

Combined support through the K12 and other mentored career development award programs must not exceed six years.  Scholars should contact NICHD staff if there are questions regarding eligibility.

K12 Scholars are strongly encouraged to apply for independent research grant support (e.g., R01, R21, R03) during the award.