Support for NIH Research Career Development Awards (K-series)

Price: Free

The SC CTSI provides support to those faculty or post-doctoral candidates who intend to submit k-series grants to NIH.

University of Southern California (USC)
Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LAC DHS)
Goal: Get Education and Training
Phase: Find and Secure Funding

Service description

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides institutional research training opportunities to trainees at postdoctoral level which are called Mentored Research Career Development Awards.  They are typically referred to K-series grants (e.g., K01, K08, K23, K25, or K99/R00).  The SC CTSI provides support to those faculty or post-doctoral candidates who intend to submit this type of grant to NIH.   

Examples of questions or concerns

  • Adequate mentoring team (i.e., may suggest the additions of mentors with specific area of expertise),
  • Potential coursework for educational plan that meets research goal needs,
  • Required components of a career development plan,
  • Feedback on career development plans, and
  • Interacting with NIH during pre-submission time.

Other resources (e.g., books, templates, etc.) are available in order to provide additional guidance on how to write a strong K grant. Also with ample time provided, critical feedback on the application are provided prior to grant submission. 

Benefit for users

This service will allow investigators submitting an NIH K-series grant meet the required components of research career development award application. 

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Contact information

Jeanne Dzekov McKean
Program Manager; Workforce Development

(323) 442-8281

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NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.