Call for Nominations

The National Cancer Institute is now accepting applications for the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award F99/K00. Only one student from each institution may apply for this opportunity. Because of this, Graduate Division will be accepting nominations from departments to select the institutional nominee. 

The information below was copied from the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number - RFA-CA-20-048, which we urge you to read in its entirety.

About the Award

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 a 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.

The F99/K00 award is meant to provide up to 6 years of support in two phases. The initial (F99) phase will provide support for 1-2 years of dissertation research (final experiments, dissertation preparation, and selection of a postdoctoral mentor). The second (K00) phase will provide up to 4 years of mentored postdoctoral research and career development support, contingent upon successful completion of the doctoral degree requirements and securing a cancer-focused postdoctoral position. The two award phases are intended to be continuous in time. A K00 award will be made only to a PD/PI who has successfully completed the F99-supported training secured a cancer-focused postdoctoral appointment and provided NCI with a strong research and career development plan.

Note: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (RFA) does not allow applicants to propose to lead an independent clinical trial but does allow applicants to propose research experience in a clinical trial led by a sponsor or co-sponsor.

Eligibility Requirements

You must be nominated by your institution.

Career Stage:

At the time of application, you must be:

Degree Program

You must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program or other research doctoral program (e.g., DrPH, ScD). Students enrolled in the following programs are NOT eligible for this pilot program:

Research Area

NCI supports all areas of cancer research.


Additional Information on Eligibility - RFA, Section III. 3

This section is copied from the National Cancer Institute website. 


Please fill out the Google form to submit a formal nomination. 

There is no limit for nominees a department may put forward. Please include the following:

  1. Letter of nomination from the PI, Chair, or program director
  2. Nominee statement.
  3. CV of the nominee.


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