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NIH Career Development Awards: Which Mechanismis Right for You?

NIH Career Development
Awards: Which Mechanism
is Right for You?

60-Minute On-Demand Webinar Available in CD-Rom, MP4 and PDF Transcript.

The NIH Career Development Awards provide protected time for research and career development for investigators in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences. These awards have a common goal: to help develop highly trained, independent research scientists.

There are various types of transitional Career Development mechanisms. The most commonly awarded K’s are the K08 (Mentored Clinical Scientist Developmental Award), K23 (Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award), and K01 (Mentored Research Scientist Development Award), but there are many to choose from the K01 to the K99 as well as the F32, F33 and R00.

Deciding on the correct mechanism for you will be influenced by many factors, including whether you have a research or health professional degree and whether you have had any previous federal funding among others. Unlike other NIH grants, K awards usually have a higher success rate. This is good news for you, therefore deciding on the correct mechanism from the start is key.

During this information-packed Webinar, your expert presenter will detail the major types of awards for basic researchers as well as clinical, offer techniques for deciding if a particular mechanism is right for you, and shine some light on your funding chances in comparison to an R01. You will learn how each of these awards are individualized, why choosing the correct training mentor is vital and much more!

Top 5 Challenges Scientists Face Regarding Career Development Mechanisms:

  1. How to decide if this is the best approach at this stage in my career
  2. How to get buy in from a mentor or the administration
  3. How to make my application stand out—different from others
  4. What the rules are for submission
  5. The fact that the grant is not all about the science

5 Key Webinar Take-Aways:

  1. Deciding if a particular mechanism is right for you
  2. Determining what the training program should say
  3. Determining what your mentor or mentors should provide
  4. Techniques to get buy in/cooperation from mentors
  5. Techniques to make your application stand out from others

Who Should Attend:

Those who wonder if this is a good mechanism or administrators who might want to suggest this mechanism to promising young investigators.


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Meet Your Presenter:

Dr. Dorothy Lewis Dr. Dorothy Lewis, Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center has a 25-year history of writing grant applications including career development awards as well as being a reviewer. Her successful track record for winning grants has given her a valuable “in the trenches” perspective that can benefit you, at whichever stage you find yourself. She received her PhD in Microbiology in 1978 from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She then pursued an NIH-supported postdoctoral fellowship at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque. In 1985, she published her first paper related to T-cell subset changes in HIV patients and acquired her own independent NIH funding. She has maintained continuous NIH funding since 1985, experiencing both times of multiple grants and times of reduced funding. She is a member of the Training and Workforce Diversity Study Section C, called TWD-C (2012-2016) and former chair of the AIDS Immunology and Pathogenesis study section (2009-2011).This Webinar presentation is brought to you as a training tool by the Principal Investigators Association, which is an independent organization. The presentation, tools presented and their contents are not connected with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), nor are they endorsed by this agency. All views expressed are those personally held by the presenter and are not official government policies or opinions.

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