K-Grant Writing Workshop

About the Program

What: The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Training Program offers a workshop three times per year for approximately 4-8 UCSF clinical research scholars (fellows or early junior faculty), who are planning to apply for a K-series grant in patient-oriented research (e.g., K23 or K08 mechanisms). This is a structured set of faculty-facilitated works-in-progress sessions, focused on writing a mentored K-grant, for submission during the upcoming K-cycle due date (see timeline below). Because of the emphasis on training and career development, the K grant requires specific elements that differ from traditional investigator-initiated grants. These additional elements are the emphasis of this workshop.

General structure:

The workshop meets every other week on Thursday afternoons, over a 12-week period. For the winter quarter (which includes Thanksgiving and Winter break), we meet over a 14-week period. Each meeting focuses on a different part of the grant. Note that we do not go over the Approach section during this seminar—this section needs to be drafted in collaboration with a mentor with deep content expertise.

  • Workshops 1 & 2: Specific Aims
  • Workshops 3 & 4: Significance and Innovation
  • Workshops 5 & 6: Career Development and Mentoring plan

For each session, participants send their latest version of the relevant section to all participants by the end of the day on Monday of that week. Faculty facilitators send back comments to the writer before the meeting. All participants arrive to the section having read the others’ grant sections, ready to give thoughtful and constructive feedback.  We discuss each participant's work at the seminar on Thursday.

Who should consider applying: Clinical fellows who have completed a Masters in Clinical Research or the ATCR certificate program through the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, or equivalent. Preference is given to those with a Masters and to those who are already in an internal K program.

Eligibility: Because the goal of the workshop is to write and submit a competitive K-grant at the end of the workshop, we use K review criteria in assessing eligibility. To be eligible for the K-Grant Writer’s Workshop, you must:

  1. Be doing patient-oriented clinical/translational research and applying for a K-series grant for the next NIH grant cycle.
  2. Have published at least 3 first-authored peer-reviewed papers in your broad area of research interest.
  3. Have established a mentoring team (lead mentor and co-mentors) and have discussed your Specific Aims with your team.
  4. New K-award applications or resubmissions are eligible for this workshop. If you are planning on writing a resubmission in this workshop for an already submitted career development award, it is required that you have already received summary sheet comments from reviewers or will have received them by the first meeting of the workshop.

How to Apply: If you fulfill these three major criteria, please submit:

  1. A draft of your Specific Aims page
  2. Your NIH Biosketch
  3. Who your primary mentor is and a list of any other mentors, including their areas of expertise
  4. Whether you are already part of a K-program (K12, KL2)? If so, when does that funding end?

Summer 2017 Application

Deadline: June 1, 2017

If the number of eligible applicants exceed the number of available spots, we will choose applicants based on the strength of their submitted materials.

Cost: None

Timeline:

Cycle Eligibility Materials Due Acceptance Notification Start of Course
Winter (NIH due date in February) September 1 September 14 2nd Thursday in October
Spring (NIH due date in June) February 1 February 14 2nd Thursday in March
Summer (NIH due date in October) June 1 June 14 2nd Thursday in July

Archived Presentations and Examples

The following materials are from the previously-offered Training in Clinical Research (TICR) course Grant Writing Workshop on Mentored Career Development Awards.

Although the examples are from NIH patient-oriented research career development awards (K23s), the underlying concepts for the career development plan, mentoring plan, and research plan also apply to research scientist development awards (K01s) and clinical scientist development awards (K08s). The concepts presented are applicable to most funding sources that support mentored career development awards.

  • Part 1: Overview of Mentored K awards and Writing the Candidate Section
  • Part 2: Statements by Mentors, Co-Mentors, and Collaborators; Environment and Institutional Commitment
  • Part 3: Research Plan: Specific Aims
  • Part 4: Research Plan: Research Strategy (Significance, Innovation , and Approach )
  • Part 5: Human Subjects Research, Budget Issues, Biosketches, Abstract and Project Narrative, Cover Letter, and the Review Process