K Grant Application Help

Application Help

One of the most important considerations in developing a K Grant application is to realize that it isn’t a National Research Service Award (NRSA) application. This award mechanism is for postdocs (K99) or junior faculty (K01, K08, K23) members who have already developed strong preliminary data to show feasibility of the approach as well as a conceptual framework for their independent career.

Application Templates for K Grants

Sample Sections for K Grants

Funded K Grants

These are examples of successfully funded K Grant applications and their related summary statements. We appreciate the applicants’ willingness to share these applications in an effort to help future applicants become successful.

K01 Awards

The K01 is a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award. It provides 3–5 years of support for a mentored research training experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences.

K08 Awards

The K08 is a Clinical Investigator Award. It is designed to help medical scientists with demonstrated aptitude develop into independent investigators, or for faculty members to pursue research aspects of categorical areas applicable to the awarding unit, and aid in filling the academic faculty gap in these shortage areas.

K23 Awards

The K23 is a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award. It is designed to support the career development of investigators who have made a commitment of focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research. This mechanism provides support for a 3- to 5-year period of supervised study and research for clinically trained professionals who have the potential to develop into productive, clinical investigators.

K99 Award

The K99 is a Pathway to Independence Award. It provides up to five years of support over two phases. The initial phase provides 1-2 years of mentored support for highly promising, postdoctoral research scientists. Phase two provides up to 3 years of independent support contingent on securing an independent research position. The PI Award is limited to postdoctoral trainees.



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