Writing An Effective “K” Application: A Video Guide

Do you need some guidance on preparing a K Award application for the NIH? Dr. Kay Lund, Director of Division of Biomedical Research Workforce, gives some great tips in a 25-minute YouTube video, “Writing an Effective ‘K’ Application,” originally presented at the Fall 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration.

” It is designed for junior investigators and those who assist in the preparation of the scientific portions of an application.

The video covers points including:

  • Currently active K award funding opportunity announcements & where to find them
  • A breakdown of the different K awards
  • Planning tips
  • Application requirements
  • Review criteria

You will also learn how to avoid the most common mistakes in writing K applications, as well as some typical misconceptions about the review process.

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One thought on “Writing An Effective “K” Application: A Video Guide

  1. A question that I have that I don’t see answered anywhere:

    The successful K applicants that I know applied for the K when they were postdocs (both K99/R00 and other Ks). Yet, what path is recommended for a junior investigator who is already hired as a new Assistant Professor? Should these junior faculty shoot for a K, or should they go straight for R01s? Or would it depend on that person’s publication portfolio, e.g. if they have <10 publications, would it make more sense to do a K instead of a R01?

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