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What are K-Awards?
- K-awards are Career Development Awards from NIH for individuals with a research doctorate.
- There are many different types of K-awards (e.g., K01, K02, K22, etc) each with a different criteria.
- The success rate for obtaining a K-Award is fairly good, around %30.
NIH provides detailed statistics about Career Awards and how the budget for K-Awards and the amount allocated each year has kept pace with the number of applications.
What is purpose of K-Awards?
- The purpose of Career Awards is to help junior investigators develop into independent researchers.
- The purpose of funding the investigator is to provide funds for mentoring and development with the eventual goal of applying for a large-scale R01 grant.
- The purpose of the application for the K-Award is to list-out a clear agenda for you to obtain mentorship and training -- a year-by-year schedule of events describing each type of research, teaching, and mentoring activity.
What are the K-Awards looking to fund?
- They are looking to fund you and your research at an institution with available resources and a qualified network of collaborators.
- You -- You need to demonstrate that you are qualified to conduct the research and that you have a track-record of publications on the topic of the proposal.
- your Research -- You need to demonstrate a quality research idea with a clear research agenda to develop that idea.
- your Institution -- You need to demonstrate that where the research will be conducted has resources for both the research (e.g., office space, computer faiclities, etc) and for you (e.g., qualified mentors and collaborators who can provide you training).
Tips on K-Awards
What are your experiences with applying for these awards?
Help out others who are thinking about applying for K-awards by describing your hard-won insights into the process...
- I recommend finding out who has succesfully obtained a K-Award in the past (NIH has a list or you can ask around at your university), and then asking for their application. Looking at a successful application is the best way to approach applying.
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