National Institutes of Health Career Development Awards for Cardiovascular Physician-Scientists: Recent Trends and Strategies for Success. Academic Article uri icon


  • Nurturing the development of cardiovascular physician-scientist investigators is critical for sustained progress in cardiovascular science and improving human health. The transition from an inexperienced trainee to an independent physician-scientist is a multifaceted process requiring a sustained commitment from the trainee, mentors, and institution. A cornerstone of this training process is a career development (K) award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These awards generally require 75% of the awardee's professional effort devoted to research aims and diverse career development activities carried out in a mentored environment over a 5-year period. We report on recent success rates for obtaining NIH K awards, provide strategies for preparing a successful application and navigating the early career period for aspiring cardiovascular investigators, and offer cardiovascular division leadership perspectives regarding K awards in the current era. Our objective is to offer practical advice that will equip trainees considering an investigator path for success.

published proceedings

  • J Am Coll Cardiol

altmetric score

  • 24.16

author list (cited authors)

  • Lindman, B. R., Tong, C. W., Carlson, D. E., Balke, C. W., Jackson, E. A., Madhur, M. S., ... Mann, D. L.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Lindman, Brian R||Tong, Carl W||Carlson, Drew E||Balke, C William||Jackson, Elizabeth A||Madhur, Meena S||Barac, Ana||Abdalla, Marwah||Brittain, Evan L||Desai, Nihar||Kates, Andrew M||Freeman, Andrew M||Mann, Douglas L

publication date

  • October 2015