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University of Wisconsin–Madison

The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) 2016

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 29, 2015
Subject:The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) 2016 RFA-CA-16-005


Deadline for Internal Review:January 15, 2016

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: 30 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. For applications submitted on behalf of non-U.S. citizens with valid U.S. visas, the visa status during each phase of the F99/K00 award must allow the PD/PI to conduct the proposed research at the applicant institution. For the F99 phase of the award, the applicant F99 institution is responsible for determining and documenting, in the F99 application, that the applicant’s visa will allow the applicant to remain in the U.S. to complete the F99 phase of the award. For the K00 phase of the award, the U.S institution at which the K00 phase of the award will be conducted is responsible for determining and documenting, in the K00 application, that the PD/PI’s visa will allow the PD/PI to remain in the U.S. for the duration of the K00 award.

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., EngD, DNSc, DrPH, DSW, 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 PhD dissertation requirements before an F99 award is made, neither the F99 award, nor the K00 award, will be issued.

One application per institution




Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

• Name and full contact information for the PI(s), Departments involved
• A nomination letter confirming that the applicant is a predoctoral student in the 3rd or 4th year of a PhD program in an appropriate field and and desires a career as an independent investigator in cancer research. The name of the primary sponsor and an affirmation of the institution’s commitment to the applicant’s training and research career goals should also be included in this letter. The letter should be provided by the head of the graduate program and be signed by this individual. This letter is limited to 1 page.
• Research Training Plan
The Research Strategy section should be written as an overarching narrative. It should address three themes that demonstrate a logical progression from the applicant’s prior research experience to what is proposed for the F99 phase and also the K00 phase of the award:
(A) the hypothesis, goals, approach, and results to date for the dissertation research project,
(B) the research to be done for completion of the dissertation, with research training milestones, and descriptions of the technical and research skills proposed for the F99 phase, and
(C) the research direction to be pursued for postdoctoral studies and how it relates to the PhD research training, including examples of specific technical and career development skills to be acquired in the K00 phase, and the approach to identifying a mentor for the K00 phase.
• Discuss how the proposed dissertation research project and activities enhance the applicant’s development and relate to the applicant’s career goal to become a productive and independent cancer researcher. Discuss how the proposed research training plan for each phase (F99 and also K00) will enhance his/her knowledge and technical and professional skills, and facilitate his/her transition to the subsequent career stage.

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to National Cancer Institute by February 19, 2016.