National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Research Training Opportunities
in clinical areas are expected to confine their clinical duties to those that are part of their research training. Trainees must be US citizens, noncitizen nationals, or legal permanent residents of the United States.
This program provides funds to research institutions to make awards to individuals in health professional schools for research opportunities that would not be available through their regular courses of study. Awards are made to training institutions by national competition. Trainees are selected by the grantee institution and must be US citizens, non-citizen nationals, or legal permanent residents of the United States.
The K08 award enables candidates holding professional degrees (e.g., MD, DO, DVM, or equivalent degrees) to undertake 3 to 5 years of special study and supervised research with the goal of becoming independent investigators. The award also allows awardees to pursue research career development programs suited to their experience and capabilities under mentors who are competent to provide guidance in the chosen research areas.