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Grants and Funding: Extramural Programs (EP)

NLM Independent Career Development Award for Biomedical Informatics (K22)


The NLM Independent Career Development Award for Biomedical Informatics (K22) program is intended to facilitate the transition of investigators from the mentored to the independent stage of their careers by providing "protected time" for newly independent investigators to develop and receive support for their initial research programs. The award applies to biomedical informaticians who are pursuing research in clinical informatics, public health informatics, bioinformatics or translational informatics. Preference will be given to candidates who received their informatics training at one of NLM's university-based training programs in biomedical informatics.

To apply, a candidate must have completed two years or more of postdoctoral, mentored research or have been in an independent position for less than two years at the time the application is submitted (or resubmitted). Successful postdoctoral applicants will be given up to 12 months to accept an independent research position, preferably tenure-track, at a sponsoring institution before an award can be activated. For postdoctoral applicants, the sponsoring institution for a K22 application can be their current institution or a new institution.

This grant program supports only the independent career transition phase. Applicants seeking a mentored transition to their research career should consider NLM's Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) award described at

This program expires May 8, 2013 unless reissued. Only electronic applications are accepted.

NLM Contact

Clinical and Public Health Informatics: Dr. Hua-Chuan Sim,
Bioinformatics and Translational Informatics: Dr. Jane Ye,


Deadlines for New Applications: February 12, June 12, and October 12 each year
Deadlines for Revised Applications: March 12, July 12, and November 12 each year
Full listing of deadlines for competing applications: