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The NCI has a great transitional award opportunity for postdoctoral researchers focusing in cancer research.

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:

For advice from the NCI regarding fellowship submission, see this presentation: /itcms/files/2018/09/zofhn.wiestcabtr.pdf