NIAID K Optimisim

Those overachievers at NIAID already have their FY07 data out, including a perky suggestion that young investigators would do well to apply for K (career development) funding due to the (relatively) high success rates. For all K mechanisms, the rate is 22%, with a highly variable range of 6% for K99s (post doc) to 17% for K24s (mid career) to 50% for K25s (mentored quantitative).

My immediate thought was – whoa – what about the unfunded Ks in the 150s and even the 140s these days?

Key qualifier for the success rate calculation: “Applications that have one or more amendments in the same fiscal year are only counted once” [in the denominator … total number funded in the numerator].


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