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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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

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 14, 2016
Subject:NIH NCI (F99/K00) RFA-CA-17-014


Deadline for Internal Review:January 13, 2017

Project Description

The objective of the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to encourage outstanding, late-stage graduate students with a demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent researchers by facilitating the successful transition to their 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: 36 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.

If an applicant begins a postdoctoral position or completes all doctoral dissertation requirements before an F99 award is issued, the applicant must forfeit both the F99 and the K00 awards.

UW–Madison may submit 1 letter of intent.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

I.  Applicant’s Background and Goals for Fellowship Training (2-3 pages recommended)

This section should address both phases of the F99/K00. Briefly address the following, which will be described in greater detail in the full application, if selected:

  1. A description of how the combination of past research experiences and the applicant’s F99/K00 plans contribute to achieving the long-term career goal.
  2. The applicant’s long term career goal and how the F99/K00 award will enhance the applicant’s knowledge, technical expertise, and professional skills, keeping in mind existing strengths as well as any gaps in existing skills.
  3. Specific Aims — All applicants must use these three Specific Aims:

Aim 1: The Dissertation Research Project: progress thus far. Summarize the overall goal, rationale, hypotheses, and approaches of the dissertation research project; progress made thus far; highlight skills and techniques that contribute to the long-term career goal.

Aim 2: The Dissertation Research Project: work to be completed. Describe the research to be completed in the F99 phase, including experimental design, anticipated results, and potential follow-up studies. Highlight new skills to be learned.

Aim 3: The Postdoctoral Research Direction. Identify the research direction to be pursued for the K00 phase and explain the rationale for pursuing this direction. Identify new scientific and career development skills to be acquired.

II.  Sponsor Information (1 page recommended)

Provide information from the F99 sponsor describing his or her role in the research training plan, as well as the research environment and the availability and quality of needed research facilities and research resources. Include a brief assessment from the sponsor of the applicant’s qualifications and potential for transitioning to the postdoctoral phase and pursuing an independent, productive research career.

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 NIH National Cancer Institute by January 18, 2017. Applications are due to NIH National Cancer Institute by February 18, 2017.