Can a K08 award that is coming to it’s 5 year deadline receive a no-cost extension with NIH guidelines?
Yes, No Cost Extensions are allowed on K08 awards. See the below Guidelines from the NIH website:
12.2.2 Individual Mentored Career Development Awards
Individual mentored CDAs (e.g. K01, K07 (developmental), K08, K22, K23, K25, K99/R00) provide support for a sustained period of “protected time” (generally three, four, or five years) for intensive research career development under the guidance of an experienced mentor or sponsor in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences. Through the sustained period of research career development and training provided by mentored CDAs, recipients are expected to gain the skills and experience necessary for independent and productive research careers. Mentored CDAs are not renewable, nor are they transferable from one individual to another. No-cost extensions in time are permitted; however, all terms and conditions, including appointment and minimum effort requirements, remain during the extension period.