Published On 02/24/2016

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center K-Club provides early career investigators and junior faculty with information and guidance for preparing and submitting applications for NIH Research Career Development Awards (K awards).

K-Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at noon, and is open to all investigators at UTHSC, as well as junior investigators from SJCRH and the University of Memphis. Senior investigators are encouraged to attend to contribute to the discussion and provide perspective.

Topics that have been covered in K-Club include “What are K Awards? Introduction and Basics of the Mechanism”; “Alternatives to the K Award: Subspecialty-Specific Awards”; “Report From the Front: My Experience in Securing K Award Funding”; “Advice and Red Flag Warnings for K Awards: From the Perspectives of a Review Panel Chair and a Standing Member” and “NIH Grant Peer Review: Demystifying the Process”. These topics are covered in a variety of manners, including discussion groups, interactive seminars (some from outside speakers), and workshops.

Questions and comments regarding K Club should be directed to:

Dennis D. Black, MD
J. D. Buckman Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Physiology
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Operations Manager, iRISE CTSI
Director, Children's Foundation Research Institute
Vice President for Research, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Phone: 901-287-5355
E-mail: dblack@uthsc.edu

K-Club grant writing workshop timeline

The K-Club Grant Writing Workshop is designed to give you hands-on experience in developing, writing and submitting a K award application. Every month, an experienced researcher will provide tips, answer questions and guide attendees through the requirements for specific sections of the application. Draft sections submitted by attendees will be reviewed, and constructive feedback and group discussion will be offered. At the end of the Workshop, it is anticipated that attendees will have a complete and competitive K award application to submit for the February NIH deadline.

Attendees are invited to email drafts of specific sections to dblack@uthsc.edu according the the schedule, below.

Topic                           Draft due date
June 13           
Introduction to the K Award
July 11 Orientation; Specific Aims Page Specific Aims drafts due Aug. 1
Aug. 8 Specific Aims Page Review; Career Development Plan Career Development Plan drafts due Sept. 5
Sept. 12 Career Development Plan Review; Research Plan Research Plan drafts due Oct. 5
Oct. 10 Research Plan Review; Biosketch Biosketch drafts due Nov. 3
Nov. 14 Biosketch Review; Budget Budget drafts due Dec. 5
Dec. 12 Budget Review; Mock Study Section Introduction Mock Study Section drafts due Dec. 19
Jan. 9 Mock Study Section
Feb. 8
UT ORA Deadline
Feb. 12
NIH deadline


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