Writing NIH Mentored K Award Applications

The following materials are from the Training in Clinical Research (TICR) course Grant Writing Workshop on Mentored Career Development Awards directed by Tom Mitchell, MPH. This course is offered annually to all members of the UCSF community free of charge. Learn more.

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