The National Cancer Institute Career Development (NCI K) awards program includes a broad range of funding mechanisms that provide scientists and clinicians with support to develop their cancer research careers and transition to independence, expand their existing research programs, or mentor junior investigators. The evaluation sought to define the population of individuals who applied for K awards and to determine the impact that receipt of an award had on pursuit of a biomedical research career and on contributions to the research enterprise.
Men and women were equally successful in receiving awards, and an applicant's race/ethnicity did not influence award rate or likelihood of resubmission. Over 60 percent of the awards went to 14 percent of the applicant institutions. These institutions tended to be affiliated with NCI-designated Cancer Centers. Awardees had increased subsequent publication productivity and publication impact more than non-awardees.
Report Title: Outcome Evaluation of the NCI Career Development (K) Awards Program
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Rosanna Ng, 301-496-5367
Performer: Discovery Logic Inc., a Thomson Reuters Company
Record ID: 9960 (February 29, 2012)