The National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health offers the Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) to help outstanding graduate students pursue careers as independent cancer researchers. The award will facilitate the transition of talented graduate students into successful cancer research postdoctoral appointments and provide opportunities for career development activities relevant to their long-term goals of becoming independent cancer researchers.

The F99/K00 award provides up to 6 years of support in two phases. The initial (K99) phase will provide support for 1-2 years of dissertation research (final experiments, dissertation preparation, and selection of postdoctoral mentor). The transition (K00) phase will provide up to 4 years of mentored postdoctoral research career development support, contingent upon successful completion of the doctoral degree requirements and securing a postdoctoral position for further research training and career development leading to research independence. The two award phases are intended to be continuous in time.

This is a limited submission competition, which means that students do not apply directly to NCI. Instead, universities conduct internal competitions, and each university may submit one nomination to NCI for consideration in the national competition.

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