TSFRE and NCI Jointly Sponsored Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08) and Mentored Patient Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)

The Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education (TSFRE) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) wish to announce a program of jointly sponsored Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Awards (K08), and Mentored Patient Oriented Research Career Development Awards (K23) directed at thoracic surgeons in the early stages of their research careers.

Deadline: Applications are to be submitted electronically to NCI on form SF424 and will be accepted on or before the receipt deadline of February 12, June 12 and October 12.

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Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Awards (K08) PA-11-93


The purpose of the Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (MCSDA) is to support the development of outstanding research scientists. This mechanism provides support for clinically trained professionals who are committed to a career in laboratory or field-based research and have the potential to develop into independent investigators.

The award supports a five-year period of supervised research experience that integrates didactic studies with laboratory or clinically-based research. The proposed research should have both intrinsic research importance and be a vehicle for learning the methodology, theories, and conceptualizations necessary for career development of an independent researcher.

Because of the focus on progression to independence, the prospective candidate should propose a period of study and development consistent with this goal and his or her previous research and clinical experience. For example, a candidate with limited experience in a given field of research may find a phased developmental program lasting for five years, which includes a designated period of didactic training and supervised research experience, the most efficient means of attaining independence. A candidate with substantial previous research experience may require a shorter period for class work and supervised training and more time for laboratory work appropriate for the transition to independence. The entire program should be comparable in scope and rigor to meeting the requirements of an advanced research degree.

Mentored Patient Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) PA-11-194


This award is designed to support the training of clinically trained professionals who have made a commitment to focus on patient-oriented research. For the purpose of this award, patient-oriented research is research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator interacts directly with human subjects. This award may also be used to support a patient-oriented research focused career development and research training experience in translational research. (Translational research uses knowledge of human biology to develop and test the feasibility of cancer-relevant interventions in humans AND/OR determines the biological basis for observations made in individuals with cancer or in populations at risk for cancer.)

Application Procedures

Applications should conform to the guidelines published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts for the Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08) (SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide) or the Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) (SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide). Please notify TSFRE after you receive your award letter from the NIH.

Click here to access the SF424 Application Guide:

Review Considerations

Applications will be reviewed for completeness by the NIH Center for Scientific Review and for responsiveness to the NIH program announcement by the NCI. Applications that are complete and responsive to the program announcement will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by an appropriate peer review group convened at the NCI in accordance to the standard NIH peer review procedures. As part of the initial merit review, all applicants will receive a written critique or Summary Statement and undergo a process in which only those applications deemed to have highest scientific merit, generally the top half of those under review, will be discussed, assigned a priority score, and receive a second level review by the National Cancer Advisory Board. TSFRE will provide salary support for those applications that funds allow, based upon priority ranking by the TSFRE Board of Directors upon advice from the TSFRE Research Committee.

The TSFRE–NCI program will sponsor as many K08 and K23 awards each year as available funds will allow.


For questions regarding eligibility requirements and the K08 and K23 application process:

Cancer Training Branch contact: www.cancer.gov/researchandfunding/cancertraining/outsidenci

Cancer Training Branch
National Cancer Institute
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 700
Mail Stop Code 8346
Rockville, MD  20852
Phone: 301-496-8580
Fax: 301-402-4472

For questions regarding TSFRE:
Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education
633 N. St. Clair Street
23rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-202-5868