NIH National Cancer Institute - Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00)
Deadline: Anticipated 10/2021 ( Previous deadline 10/1/2020 )
NCI has a national deadline of November 18, 2020 for full applications from institutional nominees, and each institution will have its own internal deadline for selecting their nominee. Students should contact their university's graduate school for details on internal deadlines.
For the University of Illinois, the following deadlines apply:
- Date by which departments must submit their nominations to the Graduate College: October 1, 2020.
- Date by which UIUC must submit the name of its finalist to NCI: October 18, 2020.
- Date by which the finalist must submit his/her full application to NCI: November 18, 2020.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health offers the Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) to help outstanding graduate students pursue careers as independent cancer researchers. The award will facilitate the transition of talented graduate students into successful cancer research postdoctoral appointments and provide opportunities for career development activities relevant to their long-term goals of becoming independent cancer researchers.
The F99/K00 award provides up to 6 years of support in two phases. The initial (K99) phase will provide support for 1-2 years of dissertation research (final experiments, dissertation preparation, and selection of 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 doctoral degree requirements and on 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.
This is a limited submission competition, which means that students do not apply directly to NCI. Instead, universities conduct internal competitions, and each university may submit one nomination to NCI for consideration in the national competition.
- Students of any nationality or citizenship may apply.
- Applicants must be in their 3rd or 4th year (calculated from the time of original enrollment in the graduate program) of a mentored PhD or equivalent research degree program (e.g., DrPH, ScD) in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences at a domestic institution.
- By the time the award period begins, students must be at the dissertation research stage of training, i.e., students must have passed all requirements for advancement to the PhD candidacy stage.
- At the time the award period begins, students must be on track to graduate within two years. The F99 phase will not be extended, nor will the K00 phase be postponed.
- Students in dual-degree programs (e.g., MD/PhD, DVM/PhD) are not eligible.
- Students in MD, DDS, or other clinical or health professional degree program (e.g., DC, DMD, DNP, DO, DVM, AuD) are not eligible.
- The F99 dissertation research stage must be in a biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research area that prepares the applicant for a career in cancer research. The K00 postdoctoral phase must be cancer-focused.
- Stipends and Salaries:
- Stipend for F99 phase: NCI will award a stipend at the same level as the NIH National Research Service Award, which for FY2020 is $25,320. NCI will also offer tuition and fee support.
- Salary for K00 phase: Year 1: $60,000. Year 2: $63,300. Year 3: $66,600. Year 4: $69,900. Health insurance is included.
FOR UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS STUDENTS:
- In 2020, Matt Boudreau from the Department of Chemistry became the first Illinois student selected for the award!
CAMPUS NOMINATION PROCESS:
Students must apply through their departments, and each department may submit one nomination for consideration in the campus-wide competition.
Applicants and their recommenders should each submit their respective materials to the department's contact person (check with the Director of Graduate Studies to ascertain the appropriate contact person and the department's internal deadline). The department must then scan materials into a single pdf file, and the file should be named as follows: LastName, FirstName - DeptAbbreviation - NCI2021 (for example: Smith, Jane - Chem - NCI2021). The pdf should then be uploaded through this online Box folder.
The pdf must contain the following documents, arranged in the following order:
1. Nomination Form (completed by the department).
2. Student's CV.
3. Statement of Training Goals and Objectives. This statement must be one page max, single-spaced, in Times New Roman, with 12 point font and one-inch margins. In this statement, describe the long-term career goal and explain how the F99/K00 will enable attainment of that goal. For each phase, describe how the proposed research training and career development plan will enhance the applicant's knowledge, technical expertise, and professional skills, keeping in mind existing strengths as well as any gaps in existing skills. If the K00 research direction proposed will be markedly different from the F99 research area, describe efforts and/or plans during the F99 phase that will provide preparation for the K00 research. Include a strategy for identifying a K00 mentor.
4. Research Statement. This statement must be six pages max, single-spaced, in Times New Roman, with 12 point font and one-inch margins.
The statement must be structured as follows:
I. Dissertation Research:
A. Introduction. Summarize the research to be completed in the F99 phase. Clarify
the project's central research question, hypothesis, or engineering goal.
B. Significance. Explain the project's background and its potential impact on
the dissertation research field.
C. Approach. This should be organized in two sections:
1. Current Status. Present a progress report on the dissertation research
project thus far, including the approaches used, outcomes obtained,
and important methodologies learned.
2. Proposed Research. Present a detailed research proposal for the work
to be completed in the F99 phase, including experimental design,
anticipated results, potential problems, alternative strategies, and
potential follow-up studies.
II. Postdoctoral Research:
A. Introduction. Identify the research direction to be pursued for the K00 phase.
B. Significance. Explain the significance of the K00 research direction. Describe a
specific scientific question or observation that will be investigated. Explain how
this question or observation is related to the applicant’s research interests and
how this work will help advance this research direction.
C. Approach. Provide a general description of how the research will be
conducted, including approaches and methodologies to be used, anticipated
results, challenges that might arise and how to address them.
5. Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the student's advisor.
A panel convened by the Graduate College will review nominations and select the finalist to represent the university in the national competition. The Graduate College will notify NCI of the selection no later than October 18, then NCI will invite the finalist to prepare and submit a full application. AT THAT POINT, THE FINALIST WILL HAVE UNTIL NOVEMBER 18, 2020 TO PREPARE A FULL APPLICATION. NOTE THAT THE FULL F99/K00 APPLICATION IS EXTENSIVE (COMPARABLE TO AN NIH-NRSA APPLICATION) AND WILL REQUIRE A SIGNIFICANT TIME COMMITMENT BY THE APPLICANT AND THE APPLICANT'S ADVISOR. STUDENTS UNABLE TO PREPARE A FULL APPLICATION IN THIS LIMITED TIME FRAME SHOULD NOT APPLY FOR THE CAMPUS COMPETITION. VISIT THE F99/K00 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE WEBINAR SLIDES (see links at the bottom of this page) FOR GUIDELINES ON THE FULL APPLICATION.
Ken Vickery, PhD
Director of Fellowships
Mariam Eljanne, PhD
NIH NCI Center for Cancer Training
Program Announcement: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-20-048.html
Slides from 8/11/20 NCI Webinar: https://www.cancer.gov/grants-training/training/funding/f99/predoc-to-postdoc-transition
Categories: Annual stipend of at least $10,000; Sciences/Engineering/Math; US Citizens, Nationals, or Permanent Residents; International Students; Dissertation Research; Dissertation Write-Up; Postdoctoral/Post-graduate; Fellowship/Grant; Unrestricted
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