NIH Career Development “K” Award Writing Group

NIH Career Development “K” Award Writing Group

Welcome to InCHIP’s “K” Award Writing Group!


Are you planning on submitting a K-Award? We can help you as you write!

This program will provide peer and expert feedback, support, and accountability as you write your K-award proposal. The group will meet once a month and will provide opportunities for you to get feedback as you need it.

When you are ready to submit drafts, simply submit them via the Group’s Google Drive folder. There will be a folder for each meeting.


This program began in the Fall of 2018. We will be meeting on the following dates and times:

  • June 15 2020 @ 2PM
  • July 13 2020 @ 2PM
  • August 10 2020 @ 2PM


InCHIP’s Colloquium Room (Room 14) on the first floor of the Ryan Building. Directions to InCHIP can be found here.

Please note that we will provide the option to join these meetings remotely.

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More Information on K-Awards

What is a K-Award?

K-Awards, broadly speaking, are funding programs which provide support and protected time for researchers to obtain an intensive and supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences with the ultimate goal of achieving research independence. Depending on where you are in your career, your citizenship status, and your research foci, the type of K-award you will pursue may be different.

To get a better idea of what is entailed in a K-award and to figure out which K program is right for you, start here.

Applying for a K-Award

Dr Pagoto gave a seminar back in May that covered a lot of information on the K-Award application process. We have uploaded her slides below:

K-Award Writing Group Presentation 5-6-18

Before you start: Finding a Mentor

We recommend setting a time-line for yourself. It takes a longer period of time to prepare a proposal for a K-Award (often about a year). Central to your application is your training plan and with it your mentoring team.Therefore, a good first step is to find a primary mentor along with 2-4 other mentors. This decision helps shape the entire plan for your K-Award proposal.

Qualifications:Mentors must be federally-funded investigators (preferably with NIH funding) who provide a unique expertise and training experience that maps onto the areas reflected in the research and training plans.Your primary mentor should have an R01 through the NIH.

Proximity: Your primary mentor should be nearby and ideally at the same institution. You need to be able to make the argument that you’re working closely with this person and that you’re participating in their lab.

Mentoring Relationship:Your primary mentor should not be someone you have already worked with for many years. They should have experience mentoring a K.

Approaching a Mentor:If you don’t know the person you’re working with, it is helpful to remember that mentoring is a two-way street. It may be helpful to offer to analyze or write up their data or participate in their work.

Days Until Next Meeting
June 15, 2020


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This writing group is led by Sherry Pagoto, PhD

Dr. Pagoto is a Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and Director of the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media. Her research focuses on leveraging technology in the development and delivery of behavioral interventions targeting diet, physical activity, and cancer prevention behaviors.

She has had federal funding for her program of research for 15 consecutive years, totaling over $13 million, and has published 186 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Pagoto has significant experience with K-awards, having been awarded a K23 (Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award) in 2003. She currently has a K24 (Mid-career Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research) for mentorship of junior investigators in social media and mhealth research.