The K Award Ecosystem: Writing a Competitive K Award 2024-25 Seminar

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A competitive NIH Career Development K Award fits together like a complex ecosystem. This seminar will walk you through all the parts of the proposal, emphasizing the purpose of each part and how different sections must mesh. Note: the general concepts also apply to many aspects of Fellowship (F31/F32) applications.

K Award Ecosystem Seminar

The Research Development Office and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science are hosting a virtual NIH K Award grant writing seminar, The K Award Ecosystem, on Friday, Oct. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The seminar is presented by Dr. Peg AtKisson (AtKisson Training Group).

This seminar will cover the following topics:

  • How and why components must mesh
  • Choosing the right K Award
  • Addressing review criteria in all components
  • What makes a good candidate
  • Connecting Candidate, Career Development, and Mentor
  • Support letters
  • Transition from K to R

Click here to learn more about this seminar.

What is a K Award?

NIH Career Development (K) Awards support postdoctoral fellows or faculty-level candidates in transitioning to the conduct of independent research and further major grant support (NICHD).

Target Audience

Early career faculty and postdocs who are eligible to submit NIH K awards are welcome to register for this seminar.


Register here by Friday, Sept. 27. A calendar invitation will be sent upon registration and a Zoom link will be sent to all registrants prior to the seminar.

Registration includes one electronic copy of the Handbook for Planning and Writing Successful Grant Proposals. No cost to register. However, if you do not attend at least one session, you will be charged $50 for the Handbook.

The Handbook helps you through the grant writing process, starting with the early stages of planning your project. It contains clear and flexible solutions to communicating your idea clearly to the reviewer. The Handbook provides a heavily footnoted and occasionally humorous guide to turning your idea into a clear grant proposal.

Facilitator: Peg AtKisson, PhD

M.S. (Peg) AtKisson, PhD, trained in neuroscience, but has focused on grant proposals since 2001. She started the research development group at Tufts University, working on large proposals and supporting individual investigators for eight years and over $140 million of successes across many federal and foundation funders. She joined Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops in 2008, as an associate member, presenting training across the country. In 2017 she left to found ATG to create new approaches to grantsmanship training in addition to support for faculty research and leadership development. She still considers herself a neuroscientist first, and she still writes grant proposals.


Please email vpr-rdo@uiowa.edu with any questions. Sign up for the RDO Monthly Newsletter to stay up-to-date on this year's seminar here!

Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) K Club

This seminar aligns closely with the objectives of the ICTS K Club, assisting scholars in improving their writing and progress towards earning grant funding.

Research Development Office and ICTS K Club+

In collaboration with the ICTS K Club, the NIH K Club+ is designed to give you the knowledge and resources to craft competitive K award applications. Club participants will take part in events and services including graphic design, editing, and review services.

Click here to learn more about the NIH K Club+.

Sponsored by:

Research Development Office and Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

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