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Association Between Receiving an Individual Mentored Career Development (K) Award and Subsequent Research Support

Are you an early stage faculty member or postdoctoral researcher who is trying to decide whether to apply for an individual mentored career development award from NIH? The NIH Division of Biomedical Research Workforce has done an analysis of the impact that K award have on subsequent funding, with interesting results: “researchers who receive an individual mentored career development award, when compared to those who did not, are more successful in receiving a first major NIH award.” Details of this analysis, including analyses of different types of K awards and breakdown according to gender of the applicant are discussed here.