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K to R Transition (KTR) Program

Now accepting any first time R application for review!
KTRThe K to R program is a pre-submission mock grant review process for faculty who are submitting their first R-level application to the NIH. This CCTSI program provides the opportunity for anyone to submit their R-type grant proposals for internal review prior to submission to the funding agency. Participants of this program will receive insight into the grant review process and help to improve the science and format of their applications thereby increasing their chances for success. The process requires internal submission of planned R application, or equivalent, approximately one-month in advance of NIH deadlines. Core reviewers will then discuss the applications and provide verbal, as well as, written feedback for incorporation into the final proposal. Both the proposed PI and his or her mentor(s) are required to attend the mock study section where the grants are discussed. Specialty content reviewers will also participate in study sections on an "ad hoc" basis.

Who is eligible?

Participants must be planning to submit an R type application or equivalent. Acceptable grant types include RO1, RO3, R21, VA Merit, subspecialty type research applications (e.g. ADA, AHA, JDF, ATA). Candidates must also have a faculty appointment at a CCTSI affiliated institution. Please note that participants will be limited to a total of 3 applications.

Who is ineligible?

Research candidates who are, or have been, principal investigators on NIH research projects (R01), FIRST Awards (R29), sub-projects of program projects (P01), center grants (P50), or the equivalent.

Application Instructions

To accurately assess the number of applications/cycle a Letter of Intent (LOI) is required by August 23, 2019. Please have the following information available: Name, position, department, title of application, type of application (R01, R21 etc), NIH Institute (or name of other funding agency), Abstract, Specific Aims page, and suggested reviewers. After one week, you will receive broad comments on your abstract for inclusion in your application.
Please choose from the following Primary type of research definitions and include with your LOI and application (reference: Harvard Catalyst):
T1 - With T1 translational research, findings from basic research are tested for clinical effect and/or applicability. T1 research yields knowledge about human physiology and the potential for intervention.
T2 - With T2 translational research, investigators test new interventions under controlled environments to form the basis for clinical application and evidence-based guidelines. T2 research yields knowledge about the efficacy of the interventions in optimal settings.
T3 - With T3 translational research, investigators explore ways of applying recommendations or guidelines in general practice. T3 research yields knowledge about how interventions work in real-world settings.
T4 - With T4 translational research, investigators study factors and interventions that influence the health of populations. T4 research ultimately results in improved global health.

KTR FullApplication Due Date: September 6, 2019


INSTRUCTIONS: Please create one PDF document for uploading into the internal, online application. Please include all components required by the funding agency including, but not limited to, the following: FACE PAGE, SUMMARY STATEMENT (for resubmitted proposals), BIOSKETCHES, SCIENTIFIC PROPOSAL (e.g. 12 pgs/R01, 6 pgs/R21), BUDGET, BUDGET JUSTIFICATION, LETTERS OF SUPPORT, etc.

KTR Mock Study Section Date: FRIDAY, September 20, 2019, 1-4PM 

INSTRUCTIONS: All applicants receiving reviews are REQUIRED to attend the mock study section in person. Mentors are encouraged to participate either as reviewers or by attending the study section during the discussion of their mentee's proposal.

KTR Resources Provided 

  1. Expert pre-review of scientific method, formatting & grantsmanship.
  2. Open discussion of proposals at mock study section with all applicants and mentor(s) in attendance. This allows for increased impact and further understanding of grant review process.
  3. Written comments and ability to contact reviewers in person for further advice about proposal style, format & substance.

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