NIH Career (K) Award Grants Webinar


Career Development Awards (K awards) are one of the most successful NIH programs that have helped launched many productive investigator careers. Over the past 5 years, K award funding has steadily increased NIH-wide, and in 2011, overall K award success rates were 35% across all institutes. However, many investigators often miss funding opportunities because they are not aware of the kinds of career awards available to them and what’s expected of the trainee in securing an award.

NIH Career Awards foster the independence of promising new investigators by providing mentorship, salary support, and protected time to develop a research program. Researchers who receive K awards have longer careers as principal investigators and are more likely to lead center grants, program project grants, and training grants. Recipients of K awards are also more likely to direct large research projects, and publish more and higher quality articles than either unsuccessful applicants for K awards or R01 recipients at the same career stage who did not receive career development support. Despite this, evidence shows that many promising candidates that would qualify for a career award and their mentors are often unaware of how the program and mechanism works and the strategies to write a compelling and successful career development award.

During this insightful Webinar, Dr. Christopher Dant digs into the different NIH training and career development programs, discusses what programs are tailored to specific individuals during their career, and provides an overview of how to write a competitive K award. Walk away with a thorough understanding of this mechanism and take your career to new heights.

5 Key Take-Aways:
  • Understanding what a Career Award (K) is, and is not
  • Understanding the differences between the many types of K’s and what’s appropriate for the candidate in their stage of research
  • What goes into the K award, step by step
  • How to optimize the message in a K award with NIH expectations
  • K Award writing strategies and tips from K award recipients and from the NIH

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