Principal Investigators Association

NIH Career Development (K) Awards

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NIH Career Awards foster the independence of promising new investigators by providing mentorship, salary support, and protected time to develop a research program. Researchers who receive K awards have longer careers as principal investigators and are more likely to lead center grants, program project grants, and training grants.
Recipients of K awards are also more likely to direct large research projects, and publish more and higher quality articles than either unsuccessful applicants for K awards or R01 recipients at the same career stage who did not receive career development support. Despite this, evidence shows that many promising candidates that would qualify for a career award and their mentors are often unaware of how the program and mechanism works and the strategies to write a compelling and successful career development award.
During this 90 Minute Webinar, Dr. Christopher Dant digs into the different NIH training and career development programs, discusses what programs are tailored to specific individuals during their career, and provides an overview of how to write a competitive K award. Walk away with a thorough understanding of this mechanism and take your career to new heights.

5 Key Take-Aways:

  • Understanding what a Career Award
    (K) is, and is not
  • Understanding the differences between the many types of K’s and what’s appropriate for the candidate in their stage of research
  • What goes into the K award, step by
  • How to optimize the message in a K
    award with NIH expectations
  • K Award writing strategies and tips from K award recipients and from the NIH
Who Should Attend:

  • Postdocs
  • Junior faculty
  • Students
  • Anyone interested in a career in academic medicine and interested in an NIH Career Award 

Meet Your Presenter:

Christopher Dant is a PhD-trained medical researcher and educator with over 40 years’ experience in government, academic, and biopharmaceutical settings. His PhD training was in immunology and cellular biology and he previously conducted research for several medical institutions in the United States. Dr. Dant was trained in grant writing at the NIH and was a former journal editor at JAMA. He worked as a senior writer and managed publications at Stanford’s Medical School and established and built the Clinical Publications Division at Genentech in California. Until recently, Dr. Dant served on the faculty at Dartmouth Medical School and Norris Cotton Cancer Center to deliver lectures on NIH grant writing and manuscript writing. He lectures widely in academic and biopharmaceutical settings on manuscript writing, NIH career and research grants, and basic scientific writing skills for scientists and his business, MEDCOM Consulting, serves academic clients to review and write Research and Training Grants for the NIH. 

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