The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award

Published December 5, 2017


Department of Health & Human Services


The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award. Guidelines are as follows: The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award


The purpose of the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students recognized by their institutions for their high potential and strong interest in pursuing 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 career goals of becoming independent cancer researchers.

The F99/K00 award is intended for individuals who require one to two years to complete their PhD 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 one to two years of dissertation research training and a plan for three-four 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 six (6) years of support in two phases. The initial (F99) phase will provide support for one-two years of dissertation research (final experiments, dissertation preparation and selection of a postdoctoral mentor). The transition (K00) phase will provide up to four (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. 


UB may submit only one application as the lead organization.


NCI intends to commit $1.2 M in FY 2018 to fund up to 24 awards.


Due to the limited number of applications, if you or your colleagues are interested in applying, please submit an internal letter of intent to Dr. Kenneth Tramposch at by Dec. 28, 2017.

The letter of intent must include:

  • Two-page description of the dissertation project to be completed in the F99 phase;
  • One-page description of the research direction to be pursued in the K00 phase. 
  • Also, provide the NIH-style biosketches of the F99 candidate and the F99 mentor (dissertation advisor).