Grant Writing

OFDD offers workshops throughout the year on K- and R-series grant applications.

The Successful K Award Application: A Reviewers Perspective

The K08 and K23 career development awards support mentored lab-based or patient-oriented research designed to foster the career development of young clinical investigators. They help transition from junior faculty to independent research-based academic positions. In 2013, the K award success rates were 25-35% across all institutes. Funding opportunities are often missed due to poor understanding of what is available and how the award can be secured.

In this workshop, held over two days for two hours each day, Dr. Laure Aurelian discusses the different K award programs, and how to develop the best match for you. She will explain the reviewers’ expectations and the most common misconceptions and provide an overview of the strategies to be used in order to write a competitive proposal.    

Key messages:

  • Understand the K08 and K23 awards and how they are appropriate for you
  • How to optimize the message and meet NIH expectations
  • Writing your application; required components
  • Step by step strategies and tips from reviewers
  • How to best describe yourself as the candidate and optimize the presentation of your career development plan
  • How to optimize presentation of your research proposal
  • Review strategies and tips from award recipients and reviewers    

Laure Aurelian, PhD    

Senior advisor for faculty development at Stanford University and Professor of Pharmacology and Microbiology at the University of Maryland Medical School. Her research interests are focused on virology, immunology and cellular and molecular biology, with emphasis on cancer and neuroscience. She received her first R01 award in 1970 and has since been continuously supported by NIH grants. She is the author of 300 publications in outstanding peer-reviewed journals and numerous review articles and book chapters. She is the inventor on 14 U.S. and foreign patents. She has trained over 50 students and post-doctoral fellows most of whom have achieved independent academic careers. 

Dr. Aurelian has served on standing study sections that review R01, PO1 and K award applications and is still functioning as a reviewer for NIH grants. At the University of Maryland, she works with investigators in developing grant proposals and programmatic initiatives, and educates faculty in grant and manuscript writing skills.    

Contact OFDD

For more information on grantwriting workshops:

OFDD’s Senior Advisor for Faculty Development, Dr. Laure Aurelian, offers one-on-one grant mentoring for faculty. Please contact Dr. Laure Aurelian for more information.

Dr. Irving Kessler, who has conducted epidemiology-based studies for many years, is also available to assist faculty members in assuring that their proposals meet the standards of epidemiology in patient selection, study conduct and outcome determination. Please contact Dr. Kessler directly for more information.

Upcoming K-Award Workshop – Dec. 5-6, 2017

The Successful K08/K23 Application: a Reviewer’s Perspective