In Reply We thank Dr Rao for his insightful comments and interest in our work.1 Indeed, we found that only 15% of K awardees from the National Eye Institute (NEI) receive an R01 grant within 5 years. This is concerning because it suggests that a large proportion of K awardees are not achieving the NEI’s intended purpose of these career development grants, which is to transition to an independent research program and obtain an R01 grant at the end of the grant period. Based on the protracted course of obtaining R01 grant funding, this suggests that K awardees must have other research funds (eg, grants from private foundations, Veteran Affairs grants, departmental bridge awards, private philanthropy) to support their research.
Chao DL, Protopsaltis NJ. Success in Attaining Independent Funding Among National Institutes of Health K Grant Awardees in Ophthalmology—Reply. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2019;137(6):720–721. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.0586
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