K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award

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Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

The NIH Pathway to Independence Award provides an opportunity for promising postdoctoral scientists to receive both mentored and independent research support from the same award. The award provides up to 5 years of support consisting of two phases. The initial, or mentored phase (K99) provides 1-2 years of mentored support to promising postdoctoral research scientists. The K99 phase is followed by up to 3 years of independent support (R00) contingent on the scientist securing an independent research position. Award recipients are expected to compete successfully for independent NIH Research Project Grant support (e.g., R01 or R35 MIRA for early stage investigators) during the career transition award (R00) period. The Pathway to Independence Award is limited to postdoctoral trainees who propose research relevant to the mission of one or more of the participating NIH institutes and centers.

GCC Pathway to Independence: Preparing the K99/R00 and Understanding the NIH Review Process Workshops are usually held twice a year, in fall and spring.
Fall Workshop – Nov 14; 1-3:30 pm at the BRC – Registration opening Fall 2023

This 3-hour workshop will provide important tips on the development of a K99/R00 proposal, including:

  • understanding the review process
  • effective proposal-planning strategies
  • key differences and similarities between proposal writing and academic writing
  • how to refine your research and career objectives
  • best practices for a compelling proposal narrative
  • when to apply — both in terms of NIH funding cycles and your career stage
  • how to respond to NIH’s K99/R00 program

Facilitator:  Jonathan Meyer, Proposal Development Specialist, Office of Proposal Development at Rice University

Jonathan Meyer is a Proposal Development Specialist in the Office of Proposal Development at Rice University. As an editor and grant writer, he has worked on successful research proposals across disciplines to the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and many other funders and agencies.

Location:  BioScience Research Collaborative, First Floor Event Space; 6500 Main Street, Houston; parking available in the BRC garage, entrance on Dryden.

Other GCC-sponsored workshops, such as Managing Mentoring Conversations and Rigor and Reproducibility, are offered annually. All workshops are publicized on the GCC News email, sent weekly during the academic year. To receive these emails, please email Elizabeth Lawrence at el53 <at> rice.edu.

Questions or for more information: Karen Ethun, GCC Executive Director: kethun <at> rice.edu.