K Awards

Report
Overview of
Mentored K Awards
Shawna V. Hudson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
UMDNJ-RWJMS
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
April 13, 2010
Research Training and Development
Mentored Career Development
Award (K01, K07, K22, K25, K99)
or Small or Exploratory/Pilot
Predoctoral Fellowship (F31)
Grant (R03, R21, R34)
or Short-term Training
Support (T35)
Independent
Research Scientist or MidPostdoctoral
Project
Career Award
Training Support
Grant (R01) (K02, K05, K24)
(T32, F32)
STAGES:
Early
Graduate PostCareer
or Medical Doc.
(Inst or Asst Prof)
School
Mid-Career /
Change
(Assoc or Full Prof)
Mentored Career Development Awards
Designed for investigators who are in the
early phases of establishing their research
careers (e.g., junior faculty/research staff)
and who need an additional period of
mentored research training in order to
become established as independent
investigators.
The purpose of a K award is…
to enable you to
become an
independent
researcher
to protect your time
for research activity
to have your own
R01 by the end of
the K or soon after
to generate pilot
data
TOTAL AND AVERAGE AWARD AMOUNT OF INDIVIDUAL
RESEARCH CAREER AWARDS
Average Award Amount
$160
$700
$140
$600
$120
$500
$100
$400
$80
$300
$60
$200
$40
$100
$20
$0
$0
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
Fiscal Year
2004
2005
2006
2007
Average Award Amount
(in thousands)
Total Award Amount
(in millions)
Total Award Amount
$800
NUMBER OF RESEARCH CAREER AWARDS
BY ACTIVITY
KL2
4,500
KL1
K99
4,000
K30
K26
K25
3,500
K24
Number of Awards
K23
3,000
K22
K20
K18
2,500
K17
K16
2,000
K15
K14
1,500
K12
K11
K08
1,000
K07
K06
500
K05
K04
K02
0
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
Fiscal Year
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
K01
M
H
LM
D
FI
C
IB
IB
6
200 5
20004
20 3
20002
20 1
20000
20 9
19998
19
C
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Participating NIH Institutes and Centers
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N IA
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N HD
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N MS
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$50
$40
$30
$20
$10
$0
Fiscal Year
Funding
(in millions)
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TOTAL FUNDING FOR COMPETING RESEARCH CAREER
AWARDS BY INSTITUTES AND CENTERS
$80
$70
$60
$50
$30
$40
$20
$10
2007
$0
$80
$70
$60
Mentored Career Development
Awards (Mentored – Ks)

K01 Mentored Research Scientist
Development Award (AHRQ, NIDDK, NCI
etc.)

K07 Cancer Prevention, Control Behavioral
and Population Sciences Career
Development Award

K22 Career Transition Award (NCI, NHLBI,
NIMH, NCMHD)
What Are the Requirements?

Duration: 3-5 years

Minimum Research Effort: 75%

Renewability: None

Support: Varies across institute. For NCI
salary is up to $100K and research is up to
$30K per year
Who Can Apply?

U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National, or Permanent
Resident

Research or Clinical Doctoral Degree (PhD, MD)

Current PI of PHS Career Development (K) or
certain Research (R) Awards are Ineligible

Former PI of PHS Career Development (K) and
Research (R) Awards are Ineligible (except R03,
R21, R34)
Mentored Research Scientist
Development Award (K01)

Purpose: to provide support and “protected
time” for an intensive, supervised career
development experience in the biomedical,
behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to
research independence.

Some Institutes/Centers support individuals who

propose to train in a new field;

have had a hiatus in their research career

or to increase research workforce diversity.
Success Rates – K Awards 38%
Applicant Information - K awards
http://report.nih.gov/nihdatabook/
Mentored K’s – Review Criteria
 Candidate
 Mentors, Consultants & Collaborators
 Career Development Plan
 Institutional Commitment
 Research Plan
Beginning the Process
Where do you want your career to
take you?
What problems do you want to
take on?
Who do you want to be when you
grow up?
What training, experience,
and skills…
– Do you have
– Do you lack and must obtain
to get you to your goals?
Statements by Mentors, Co-Mentors,
and Collaborators
Assemble a complementary team
– Choose a primary mentor who is a senior investigator with a
track-record of NIH funding; your primary mentor should be at
the home institution but not always.
– Include co-mentors who will complement the primary mentor’s
strengths.
– Each member of your “team” must play a role in your training or
research plan.
– Establish a relatively small (3-4) mentoring committee.
– If you need to add additional members, call them scientific or
technical advisors/collaborators, who have a relatively narrow
area of responsibility and focus.
Statements by Mentors, Co-Mentors,
and Collaborators (Cont’d)
Evaluation criteria for primary mentor:
– Appropriateness of mentor’s research
qualifications in the area of this application.
– Quality and extent of mentor’s role in
providing guidance and advice to candidate.
– Previous experience in fostering the
development of more junior researchers.
– History of productivity and support.
– Adequacy of support for the research project.
Training Plan
Should provide you the skills &
knowledge you lack
Can include taking coursework,
spending time in a real world setting,
readings & discussion with a mentor,
etc.
Choose mentors that are the best fit –
not the closest geographically
Always consider training outside your
area!
Description of Institutional
Environment
Evaluation criteria:
– Adequacy of research facilities and the
availability of appropriate educational
opportunities.
– Quality and relevance of the environment for
scientific and professional development of the
candidate.
Institutional Commitment to Candidate’s
Research Career Development
Evaluation criteria
– Applicant institution’s commitment to the scientific
development of the candidate and assurances that
the institution intends the candidate to be “an integral
part of its research program.”
– Applicant institution’s commitment to protect at least
75% of the candidate’s effort for proposed career
development activities.
– These assurances are stated in a letter from your
department chair or division chief.
Research Plan (in K Awards)
Should be a logical extension of the
training plan
Should provide you an opportunity to
try out new skills & knowledge learned
in training
Should provide you with the experience
and data you will need for your first R01
or R34
Should be another opportunity to learn
from mentors
Useful websites
NIH “K Kiosk”
http://grants1.nih.gov/training/careerdev
elopmentawards.htm
NIH funding information at
http://report.nih.gov/nihdatabook/
NIH Reporter lists current grants at
http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cf
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