National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The NCI has several funding opportunities for postdoctoral researchers focusing in cancer research.

F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship

The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA postdoctoral fellowship is to enhance the research training of promising postdoctoral candidates who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. 

It is recommended that the first application is submitted during your first year as a postdoc.

Application Deadlines: April 8, August 8, December 8

For more information visit their website: http://www.cancer.gov/grants-training/training/funding/f32

K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award

The purpose of this program is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators. This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers or clinician-scientists from mentored research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions, and to provide independent NIH research support during the transition that will help these individuals launch competitive, independent research careers.

It is recommend that the first application is submitted in the 2nd or 3rd year of your postdoc.

US Citizenship/Permanent residency not required for K99/R00.

Application Deadlines: February 12, June 12, October 12

For more information visit their website: http://www.cancer.gov/grants-training/training/funding/K99

K22 Career Transition Award

The goal of this program is to facilitate the transition of investigators to independent, productive research careers. One or two phase award; an initial period of mentored research (Phase I), followed by a period of independent research at an extramural institution (Phase II). One phase awards include only Phase II.

Application Deadlines: February 12, June 12, October 12

For more information visit their website: http://www.cancer.gov/grants-training/training/funding/K22


For advice from the NCI regarding fellowship submission, see this presentation: http://www.med.unc.edu/uploads/zofhn.wiestcabtr.pdf