One thing that I have had done, and I know of other R01 types who have made this work, is to bring a postdoc in on one of my current grants, or a T-32. I’ve got money for 2-3 years, but after 1rst year, I get them writing their own K-award. [Yes, this is fucking hard. Because you’ve got to be running a project too. Time to grow up and manage your time. You’re not in grad school anymore, Toto]. If they’re really on the ball they can do this in the beginning of their postdoc. If they’ve had 2 years with me, the two of us can make a good argument for the K-award moving with them to a new job (this is a seat-of-your pants K99R00).
Another strategy, mentioned on twitter today was PI applies for R-level grant with postdoc. Then lets postdoc take grant with them. Now, this does require some trust on both ends, but it is possible. A good PI has so many projects, and too many ideas, so that someone wants a piece of the work, it’s a relief to see it go to a good home.