Mentored Career Development Awards

NIH offers support and opportunities for Research Training and Career Development on the NIH Research Training Website.
K-Awards are NIH-funded Research Career Development Awards. The NIH website provides links and information on all options.
Some awards are highlighted below.


Institutional K-Awards

Institutional career development awards (K12) are designed to prepare newly-trained clinicians (and basic researchers) who have made a commitment to independent research careers, and to facilitate their transition to more advanced support mechanisms, e.g., K08 and K23, or R01. Duke program leadership applies for the grant at NIH. Once awarded, the program leadership will select the scholars. Postdocs, fellows and junior faculty should apply to the Duke Program leadership.

    K12 Mentored Career Development awards at DUKE:
  • BIRCWH - Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Program
  • KURe -  Duke Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research Career Development Program
  • Duke-UNC HTM K12 - Clinical Hematology and Transfusion Medicine Research Career Development Program
  • CHRCDA - Child Health Research Career Development Award, Center for Molecular and Cellular Studies of Pediatric Disease
  • DISCO - Dissemination and Implementation Science in Cardiovascular Outcomes, T4 Translational Research Training Program - Department of Population Health Sciences
  • WRHR - Women's Reproductive Health Research Program
    CTSA KL2 Mentored Career Development awards at DUKE:
  • Duke CTSA KL2 - Duke NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award - Research Career Development Award Program

    REACH Equity Mentored Career Development

  • REACH Equity - NIMHD and Duke Health Disparities Research Career Development Award Program


Individual K-Awards

Individual career development awards are designed to support a specific applicant. Therefore, postdocs, fellows and junior faculty should apply directly to the appropriate NIH institute.

  • K01 Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award
    Provides support and protected time for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. Some NIH Institutes use the K01 to enhance workforce diversity, or for individuals who propose to train in a new field, or for individuals who have had a hiatus in their research career.
  • K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award
    Prepares qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. This program provides support and protected time to individuals with a clinical doctoral degree for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in the fields of biomedical and behavioral research, including translational research.
  • K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award
    Supports the career development of individuals with a clinical doctoral degree, who have the potential to develop into productive, clinical investigators, and who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research.
  • K25 Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award
    The purpose of this award is to attract to NIH-relevant research those investigators whose quantitative science and engineering research has thus far not been focused primarily on questions of health and disease. The K25 supports productive professionals with quantitative (e.g., mathematics, statistics, economics, computer science, imaging science, informatics, physics, chemistry) and engineering backgrounds to integrate their expertise with NIH-relevant research.

Further details and information on additional K-awards can be found on the NIH Website for Research Career Development Awards 


The PROMISE Study: NIH-funded research study
to bolster diversity in the biomedical workforce

Click here for PROMISE study informational flyer

Mentoring Study for Racially/Ethnically Underrepresented Researchers

Peer mentoring has been shown to support academic success. Now more than ever, peer group support is very important as we navigate our priorities, uncertainties, added responsibilities, reduced resources, and other challenges. This study involves peer group mentoring with discussions facilitated by senior underrepresented (UR) researchers with the goal of enhancing scholarly output and academic advancement of UR postdocs and junior faculty.

Enroll now to join the next cohort ! 

Contact: Rebecca Kameny, PhD (study coordinator); (919) 668-3949

This randomized controlled study compares two peer group mentoring approaches for their positive impact on both personal gains (e.g., sense of belonging, research self-efficacy, etc.) and longer-term career outcomes (e.g., publications, grants submitted and funded, promotion etc.). (DUHS IRB #Pro00103457).


  • Postdoc or Early-Career Faculty engaged in biomedical research (the investigation of the biological or behavioral processes that advance the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of disease)
  • Identify as belonging to a racial/ethnic group underrepresented in biomedical research careers. (Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, South Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, or Multiracial)
  • US citizenship or Permanent Residency Status (Green Card)


  • Peer group meetings facilitated by senior underrepresented researchers discussing professional development for personal gains and skills building to enhance academic productivity.
  • Compensation up to $500

Study participation involves:

  • Enrollment session
  • Group meetings (currently by Zoom) for 2 h, twice per month, for 9 months.
  • Completion of online surveys





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