Are you writing your first grant proposal, but need help getting started? The Research Concierge Service (RCS) has compiled some guidance documents that can be helpful reference when preparing your next grant submission. The RCS also maintains a small “K library,” which contains copies of mentored K proposals that were subsequently awarded to College of Medicine faculty. These proposals were provided to the RCS by permission of participating faculty members to be shared, by request, with College of Medicine faculty considering a mentored “K” submission. To request access to the “K library,” please contact the RCS.

Facilities and Other Resources Section – Template

A well-written Facilities and Other Resources section of an NIH grant application should demonstrate to reviewers that the institution(s) involved in the proposed research has the right scientific environment to support a successful outcome. We prepared a template to guide you through the process of creating a strong Facilities and Other Resources section for your next NIH funding proposal.

Career Development/Training Plan – Template

Candidates for the NIH mentored career development (or “K”) awards must include a career development/training plan within their NIH proposal. The career development/training plan must align with the research strategy and demonstrate that the candidate has undertaken a thorough self-assessment, which carefully considered short- and long-term career goals. Through this self-assessment, the career development/training plan identifies specific areas in need of improvement that, if addressed, will help the candidate transition to a successful R01 (or equivalent) submission and ultimately, an independent research career.

Setting the Stage for a Successful NIH Mentored “K” Application

So you decided that a mentored “K” award is the right opportunity at the right time for you. You need a period of mentored research and training (3 to 5 years) to position you for an independent research career. Before diving into the proposal writing process, take some time to examine the big picture. Competitive mentored “K” applications start with good planning. The Research Concierge Service (RCS) has compiled a list of best practices that PIs can use to guide their planning process.

Application Checklist – NIH Mentored “K” Application

The Research Concierge Service (RCS) has compiled an application checklist based off the Career Development Instructions for NIH and Other PHS Agencies dated March 24, 2017. Application form instructions for most NIH mechanisms can be accessed here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide.html