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 Program Coordinator Ryan Nobles via email.

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. 

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.

Eligibility criteria:

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

Prior research training in cancer research is not required.

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

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