What you Need to Know: Winning a K-Grant Amy D. Waterman, PhD K01 Recipient “Good thoughts are no better than good dreams, unless they are executed” Ralph Waldo Emerson Mentorship Grants Why Should I Get a K-Grant?
Amy D. Waterman, PhD
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Promise as a researcher
A Great Research Idea
Strong Mentor and Institution
"There is often a sense in the academic community that they think of NIMH as a source of support, whereas we look at the academic community as a source of answers," he said. "We are looking for areas where people can complete a study and go on—not just add a brick to the wall, but start a new wall and finish it."
A Grant-Winning Strategy!
NIH K-Grant Knowledge
To provide support for supervised study
and research for professionals who have the potential to develop into productive, independent clinical investigators.
As a research Ph.D., have you successfully competed for independent research funding?
Do you need 3-5 years of mentoring?
As a health professional M.D, have you successfully
competed for independent research funding?
Well Prepared K-Grant
Why should the NIH give YOU ~$500,000?
win the grant, Protected time
Seed Grant Money ($25-$100K/year) from:
Finding Grant Sources:
STRONG IDEA + GOOD WRITING = FUNDING
STRONG IDEA + POOR WRITING = ? ? ?
Your “resume” to this point:
…Present evidence to show you are a promising researcher
…Summarize your background and significance
...Are the experiments appropriate & doable, to support/refute hypotheses? Do they advance knowledge?
**Model abstracts of funded K recipients on CRISP database:http://crisp.cit.nih.gov/
3-6 months in advance:
Internal WUSM Grant Requirements
Candidate: Quality of past research, potential to develop into an independent researcher
Career Development Plan: Appropriateness and clarity of plan, likelihood that plan will contribute to the field
Training in Responsible Conduct of research: Training in research ethics
Research Plan: Scientific merit of research question, design, and methodology
Mentor: Expertise of mentor
Institutional Commitment: Institution’s commitment to your success
Budget: Appropriate budget for career goals
NIH Mails Communication:
Follow-up online or email your K-grant contact if you need an update.
A Grant-Winning Strategy
modified Miguel de Cervantes