NCI Funding for Trainees

The National Cancer Institute provides funding support for trainees in all areas of cancer research, including cancer prevention, control, behavioral sciences, population sciences, and translational research.

Direct any questions you have regarding the funding opportunities below to Lawrence Boise, PhD via email.

The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00)

The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition (F99/K00) Award is targeted at outstanding graduate students in the 3rd and 4th year with demonstrated potential and a commitment to pursuing an independent career in cancer research. This transitional award is akin to the K99/R00 awards for senior postdocs wherein it supports the last 1-2 years of graduate training and then up to 4 years of support in the postdoctoral phase (up to 6 years total). It therefore provides the student with a "portable" transition award, making them even more competitive for the top postdoctoral positions.

The PhD research does not need to be cancer-focused however, the K00-phase or post-doctoral work should be cancer-focused. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for postdoctoral positions at institutions other than where their predoctoral research was conducted. The two award phases are intended to be continuous in time.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Students in years 3 or 4 of PhD graduate training only
  • International students ARE eligible
  • Current F31 awardees/applicants ARE eligible


Internal Nomination Process

Each institution can only nominate one (1) student. Emory University intends to select its institutional designee by October 5, 2021. Applications will be due around November 18, 2021. Please verify the exact due date when the FOA is published.

Anyone wishing to be considered to apply for this award should send the following materials, compiled into a single PDF, as an email attachment to Lawrence Boise, PhD via email by Thursday, September 30, 2021.

  1. An NIH NRSA (F31) style Biosketch (Please use the form that was revised March 2020.)
  2. A short description of your research accomplishments thus far, plans for completion, and career goals including the area of planned emphasis in postdoctoral training (See the format for SPECIFIC AIMS for this mechanism at the Resources link.)
  3. A letter of nomination from your sponsor/mentor.

The NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers

The NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers (K99/R00) is designed for postdoctoral fellows with research and/or clinical doctoral degrees who do not require an extended period of mentored research training beyond their doctoral degrees. The objective of this award is to facilitate a timely transition of these fellows from their mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. The program will provide independent NCI research support during this transition to help awardees to launch competitive, independent research careers. Researchers in the scientific areas of data science and cancer control science are especially encouraged to apply.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Postdocs with less than 2 years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application due date
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency not required - Individuals on visas are eligible to apply
  • Candidate must be nominated by an institution

The 2020 application cycle is closed. Check back here for 2021 cycle details and RFA once available. 

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