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University of Wisconsin–Madison

NIH NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) 2018

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:December 01, 2017
Subject:NIH NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) 2018 RFA-CA-18-001


Deadline for Internal Review:January 08, 2018

Project Description

The objective of the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to identify and encourage outstanding graduate students who are recognized by their institutions as having high potential and strong interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers, and then to facilitate their successful transition to postdoctoral positions.

The F99/K00 award is intended for individuals who require 1-2 years to complete their Ph.D. dissertation research training (F99 phase) before transitioning to mentored postdoctoral research training (K00 phase). Consequently, applicants are expected to propose an individualized research training plan for the next 1-2 years of dissertation research training and a plan for 3-4 years of mentored postdoctoral research and career development activities that will prepare them for independent cancer-focused research careers.

Amount per Award: stipends, tuition and fees, and institutional allowance
Duration of Award: Up to 6 Years
Number of Awards: Up to 24 Awards


Any applicant fellow with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) is invited to work with his/her sponsor and organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support. Multiple PDs/PIs are not allowed.

An applicant may be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States, have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551, or other legal verification of such status), or be a non-U.S. citizen with a valid U.S. visa.

The applicant must have a baccalaureate degree and be currently enrolled as a graduate student in the third or fourth year of a mentored PhD or equivalent research degree program (e.g., DrPH, ScD) in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences at a domestic institution. The applicant must be at the dissertation research stage of training at the time of award, and must show evidence of high academic performance in the sciences and commitment to a career as an independent cancer research scientist.

The F99/K00 award may not be used to support studies leading to the MD, DDS, or other clinical, health-professional degree (e.g., DC, DMD, DNP, DO, DPM, DVM, ND, OD, AuD). Students matriculated in a dual-degree program (e.g. MD/PhD, DO/PhD, DDS/PhD, or DVM/PhD) are not eligible for the F99/K00 program.

UW-Madison is allowed to submit 1 application.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

Please provide the following:

  1. A 2 page summary including: a) the applicant’s background and career goal(s); b) a brief description of the applicant’s plan for research to be completed in the F99 phase and plans for research in the K00 phase; c) information about the applicant’s sponsor(s) for the F99 portion of the award.
  2. NIH Biosketch for applicant and sponsor (5 page max)

A review of all internal applications will be conducted by faculty of the UW Carbone Cancer Center; the selected applicant is encouraged to contact UWCCC PreAward Services for application submission support and assistance.

Sponsor Deadlines

Letters of Intent are due to National Cancer Institute by January 22, 2018. Applications are due to National Cancer Institute by February 21, 2018.