K99/R00 Candidates Can Continue to Take Advantage of COVID-Related Eligibility Extensions

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Under normal circumstances, individuals must have no more than four years of postdoctoral research experience to be eligible to apply for a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award. Due to ongoing disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, NIH will continue to allow up to a two-receipt cycle eligibility extension for candidates on K99/R00 applications to parent announcements (PA-20-187PA-20-188, and PA-20-189).

If you are planning to take advantage of this flexibility, there are a few details to keep in mind.

  • Candidates must meet all other eligibility criteria.
  • The flexibility applies to new/resubmission and AIDS/non-AIDS applications.
  • The flexibility does not extend eligibility beyond the September 2022 AIDS and October/November 2022 non-AIDs due dates.
  • If you already received a COVID-based extension, you are not eligible for a second.
  • The flexibility only applies to applications to the parent K99/R00 announcements. If submitting to a non-parent K99/R00 announcement, check with the awarding institute to determine if similar flexibilities are in place for their institute-issued announcements.

Application Due Dates (non-AIDS)

Candidates whose final due date for standard eligibility based on a 48-month eligibility window was/is … Final due date with COVID-based eligibility extension …
June/July 2021 February/March 2022
October/November 2021 June/July 2022
February/March 2022 October/November 2022
June/July 2022 October/November 2022*

AIDS Application Due Dates

Candidates whose final due date for standard eligibility based on a 48-month eligibility window was/is … Final due date with COVID-based eligibility extension …
September 2021 May 2022
January 2022 September 2022
May 2022 September 2022*

*Only a single-cycle extension is currently available  since the temporary flexibility under this notice does not extend eligibility beyond the September 2022 AIDS and October/November 2022 non-AIDs due dates.

For more details, see the full Guide Notice and keep an eye on the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts for any further updates.

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