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 Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08)

Application Deadlines: Annually on February 12, June 12, October 12

The SVS® Foundation, American College of Surgeons (ACS), National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provide supplemental funding to an individual who receives an NHLBI Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08) directed at vascular surgeon scientists in the early stages of their research careers.


The SVS Foundation and ACS offers this award jointly with the NHLBI as a means to facilitate the research career development of individuals pursuing a career in vascular research. This award provides financial support over and above that offered by the NHLBI K08 mechanism.

The objective of the Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) is to continue the long standing NIH support of didactic study and mentored research for individuals with clinical doctoral degrees (eg, MD, DDS, DMD, DO, DC, OD, ND, DVM, PharmD, or PhD in clinical disciplines). This award provides support and protected time for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in the fields of biomedical or behavioral research, including translational research. For the purpose of this award, translational research is defined as application of basic research discoveries toward the diagnosis, management, and prevention of disease.
The K08 award supports a three, four, or five-year period of supervised research experience. The proposed research must have intrinsic research importance as well as serving as a suitable vehicle for learning the methodology, theories, and conceptualizations necessary for a well trained independent researcher.

The K08 award may be used by candidates with different levels of prior research training and at different stages in their career development. For example, a candidate with limited experience in a given field of research may use an award to support a career development experience that includes a designated period of didactic training followed by a period of closely supervised research experience. A candidate with previous research experience and training may not require extensive additional didactic preparation, and may use an award to support a career development experience that focuses on an intensive, supervised research experience.

Eligibility Requirements

The candidate must have a MD degree or its equivalent, must have completed postgraduate clinical training in vascular surgery, must identify a mentor with extensive research experience, and must be willing to spend a minimum of 75 percent of full-time professional effort conducting research and research career development.

Salary Support

The SVS Foundation and the NHLBI each provide salary and fringe benefits for the MCSDA recipient. The NHLBI awards up to US$75,000 per year, up to five years, and the SVS Foundation and ACS provide US$50,000 up to five years in direct costs to the institution of the awardee. No indirect costs will be paid to the institution.

Awards in response to this program announcement use the K08 mechanism. Applications should conform to the guidelines published for the NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08).

Applications must be submitted electronically using the SF424 Research and Related (R&R) forms and the SF424 (R and R) Application Guide.

Application dates are available here.

View 10 helpful tips on writing a successful application for the NHLBI Mentored Clinician-Scientist (K08) Research Award.

To be considered for the SVS Foundation supplemental funding, you must submit your application to NHLBI and SVS Foundation at the same time. If you are selected to receive the supplemental award, SVS Foundation will contribute US$50,000 per year in addition to whatever is awarded by the NHLBI under the K08 provisions.

To identify the application as a response to this program announcement:

  1. Submit your complete K08 application as required by the NHLBI
  2. Submit one electronic copy of your complete application to: SVS Foundation Research and Education Committee at
  3. Submit one electronic copy to: Jane D. Scott, ScD, MSN, FAHA, Director, Office of Research Training and Career Development, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, NIH, Rockledge II, 8138, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.

Review Considerations

Applications are reviewed for completeness by the Center for Scientific Review and for responsiveness to this program announcement by the SVS Foundation and NHLBI. Incomplete applications are returned to the applicant without further consideration. Applications that are complete and responsive to the program announcement are evaluated for scientific and technical merit by an appropriate peer review group convened at the NHLBI in accordance with the standard NIH peer review procedures. Representatives of the SVS Foundation Research and Education Committee participate in the NIH peer review group. As part of the initial merit review, all applications receive a written critique and undergo a process in which only those applications deemed to have the highest scientific merit, generally the top half of applications under review, are discussed, assigned a priority score, and receive a second level review by the appropriate advisory council or board. The applications also receive a secondary review by the SVS Foundation Research and Education Committee.

Award Process

Following your submission to both NHLBI and SVS Foundation, continue to inform the SVS Foundation Research and Education Committee of activity related to your K08 application, including resubmission and funding. In spring of each year, the SVS Foundation Research and Education Committee reviews applications that have received NHLBI/NIH funding. If you are selected to receive the SVS Foundation supplemental award, the award will be presented at the Vascular Annual Meeting® in June.


For questions regarding eligibility requirements and the KO8 application process:


Jane D. Scott, ScD, MSN, FAHA
Director, Office of Research Training and Career Development
Division of Cardiovascular Disease
National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, NIH
Rockledge II, 8138
6701 Rockledge Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892
Telephone: 301-435-0535
Fax: 301-480-7404

For questions, email or telephone 800-258-7188.

Updated April 2011

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