NIAID Career Transition Award (K22) for postdoctoral fellows

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) has reissued its K22 Career Transition Award, a program designed to facilitate the transition from a postdoctoral fellowship to an independent faculty position. The mechanism provides funding for two years: up to $150,000 the first year and $100,000 the second ($50,000 per year may be used for PI salary).

K22 vs K99 at NIAID

K22 K99
Duration 2 years 3 to 5 years (3 years preferred)
# awarded by NIAID in 2011 27 4
U.S. citizens or permanent residents only Yes No

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How the K22 works

As a postdoc, you apply for the K22 before you have more than five years of postdoctoral research experience. Upon receiving a fundable score, NIAID will send you an approval letter. In order to activate your award, you will need to secure a full-time faculty position within one year of receiving your approval letter.

According to NIAID, from FY1999 to 2006, 54% percent of K22 recipients went on to receive R01s. So if you’re a postdoc whose research might be a good fit for NIAID, take a look at the full K22 program announcement for more information.