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FAQs: COVID-19 Effects on K99/R00 Funding

For phased awards (e.g. K22, K99, etc.) or other training, fellowship and career development awards where extensions are typically limited, will NIH consider extensions due to COVID-19?

Yes, as outlined in NOT-OD-20-086 recipients may extend awards affected by COVID-19 through a notification to the funding Institute or Center (IC). For awards where such an extension impacts research progress, the IC may consider providing support to help address any impact on the NIH-funded research. Extensions may be provided. Please contact the funding Institute or Center to provide information about the specific project.

For phased awards such as the K22 and K99/R00, where recipients are not able to transition due to COVID-19, will NIH consider extensions for obtaining faculty positions?

NIH is providing maximum flexibility and will accept these requests from recipients affected by COVID-19. Individuals and mentors should contact the funding IC in writing to provide details on the delays related to COVID-19. Extensions may be provided, and administrative supplements are at the discretion of the funding IC. Please contact the funding Institute or Center to provide information about the specific project.

Can a K99 applicant apply for an extension of the 4-year eligibility window (for initial applications or resubmissions) due to COVID-19?

Yes, K99 applicants can request an extension to their K99 eligibility window due to the effects of COVID-19 on their research productivity. Affected applicants should consult with the funding IC for further guidance.