K-R0 Club

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center KR0-Club provides early career investigators and junior faculty with information and guidance for preparing and submitting applications for NIH Research Career Development Grants (K awards) and Research Project Grants (R01 awards).

K-R0 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 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the University of Memphis. Senior investigators are welcome to attend to contribute to the discussion and provide perspective.

K-R0 Club covers topics such as specific aims, mentors, effective communication and research strategy. These topics are covered in a variety of manners, including discussion groups, interactive seminars and workshops. Please see the list below for this year's topics and links to previous presentations.

Questions and comments regarding K-R0 Club should be directed to:

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

Grant Preparation

The CFRI can assist with grant preparation. You can schedule a meeting with the Director of Grant Administration and Contract Development and the Scientific Editor to set deadlines and discuss the submission process. From start to finish, grant writing takes six months, and the CFRI can help you navigate this process. For more information please contact:

Venessa Spearman, MPA
Director of Grant Administration and Contract Development
Children's Foundation Research Institute
Phone: 901-287-5036
Email: venessa.spearman@lebonheur.org

Courtney Bricker-Anthony, PhD
Scientific Editor
Children's Foundation Research Institute
Phone: 901-287-5368
Email: courtney.bricker-anthony@lebonheur.org

K-R0 Club 2021 Schedule

  • Jan. 12: The NIH Biosketch - Courtney Bricker-Anthony, PhD
  • Feb. 9: Searching for Funding and K Award Alternatives - Courtney Bricker-Anthony, PhD, and Dennis Black, MD
  • March 9: Balancing Clinical Care and Research - Terri Finkel, MD, PhD
  • April 13: Creating a Budget for your Grant - Venessa Spearman, MPH, and Pamela Beckley, CAP
  • May 11: Mentorship for Career Development Awards - Rima Zahr, DO, and Dennis Black, MD
  • June 8: Generating a Hypothesis and Specific Aims - Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD
  • July 13: Writing a Successful Research Strategy - Dennis Black, MD
  • Aug. 10: The NIH Loan Repayment Program - Heather Smallwood, PhD
  • Sept. 14: Canceled
  • Oct. 12: The Art of Grantsmanship - RadhaKrishna Rao, PhD
  • Nov. 9: Conducting Human Subjects Research - Dennis Black, MD
  • December: No meetings. Happy holidays!

Watch previous K-R0 Club presentations.

K-R0 Club Presentations 

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