NIH K Grant Planning
- K grants are about the wo(man), the plan, and the fan (the candidate, their integrated research/development plan, and their mentor/mentorship team)
- The mentored K grants are targeted toward early career faculty and postdocs who need additional training/mentoring through the K to be ready to go after a major grant independently, like an R01.
Working with Community and External Partners
- A good partnership requires good communication and a relationship that benefits all partners.
- When reaching out to organizations, begin with someone you would work with and discuss how you might work together to build buy-in at lower levels before going to the decision-maker.
- While candidates for the NIH K cannot have had a major independent award previously, many NSF CAREER recipients have had NSF independent awards previously.
- For any career grant, it's helpful to start off by identifying where you want to be as a researcher in five years and to map out what you need to do to get there.
- Understand who your audience is and what they want.
- Keep your message simple.
- Make your pitch conversational.
- When developing your project, reach out to a Program Officer to get input.
- Remember, the NSF is looking to fund good science, first and foremost.
- Write these grants for the layperson.
- Do not use jargon.
- Explain your research and why it's important.
Those are a couple of quick tips from each of these seminars, I encourage you to check out the videos for those relevant seminars that you missed this spring.