Complete applications should be submitted electronically to the K12 program manager via e-mail:

The application should conform to NIH guidelines with respect to formatting (e.g. font size and margins).

Completed applications should include the following:

  • Completed Cover Sheet
  • A full curriculum vitae (not an NIH biosketch)
  • A 1-page career plan from the applicant demonstrating a commitment to academic translational research and how the K12 program will help the applicant achieve this goal.
  • A research proposal (limit to 6 pages) including:
    • Abstract and specific aims (1 page)
    • Research Strategy (5 pages)
      • Significance
      • Innovation
      • Preliminary studies
      • Approach
      • Impact statement
    • Literature cited, figures, and information regarding human subjects research and vertebrate animal research (these items are NOT included in the 6-page limit).
  • A letter from the respective Department Chair addressing:
    • The applicant’s prospect for developing into an independently funded academic translational cancer investigator (MSK applicants only).
    • The department’s assurance that the applicant will be promoted to a junior level faculty position, with clinical privileges if the applicant is a senior fellow. (MSK applicants only).
    • The department’s assurance of at least 70-80% protected time for research as a K12 scholar and commitment to cover the portion of the scholar’s salary not supported by the K12.  On average scholars should expect to receive between $62,000 and $72,000 in annual salary support from the K12 award ($87,000 to $97,000 with fringe), depending on the yearly K12 budget. (MSK applicants only).
    • Applicants from institutions outside of MSK will be required initially to submit a letter from the respective Department Chair at their current institution regarding the applicant’s prospect for developing into an independently funded academic translational cancer investigator.
  • Letters of recommendation from both the applicant’s clinical and laboratory mentors including statements of commitment to the applicant as well as a brief summary of the mentor’s planned training program.
  • In some cases, applicants may select clinical and laboratory mentors at MSK who are not currently assigned to the K12. However, these mentors are subject to approval and review by the K12 principal investigators. Applicants who select mentors outside of the K12 must submit the current NIH Biosketches of these mentors by January 10.
  • External applicants should establish relationships with the proposed mentors prior to submission of the K12 Career Development application. External applicants should contact these mentors well in advance of the application deadline. For assistance identifying mentors, please contact the program administrator at

The criteria for selecting scholars will be based on the selection committee’s assessment of the candidate’s potential, the scientific merit and feasibility of the applicant’s research proposal, and the submitted letter of recommendation. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Submit mentors who are not part of the K12: January 10, 2020
  • Electronic application deadline: February 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm
  • Interview finalists: March 23 – 27, 2020
  • Notification of award: April 20, 2020
  • Appointment start date: September 1, 2020

For more information about the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center K12 Paul Calabresi Career Development Award for Clinical Oncology and/or the application process, please email: