Wake Forest Translational Science Institute (TSI)

K-Award Writer's Series


The K Award Writer’s Series is a 10-session program designed to provide step-by-step instruction, personalized feedback, and a disciplined approach to the development of a K Award grant. The course includes ten sessions over a 6-month period. The target audience is early career faculty who intend to submit or resubmit a K Award or similar career development award within the next year. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants so that personalized attention and feedback can be given to each person. 


Each session focuses on a particular aspect of writing the K Award application.  Sessions will include discussion and review of previous work, with emphasis on common concerns/areas for improvement; didactic presentations, tips, and advice; practice exercises and group discussions. Writing assignments follow each session. Session topics include:

  • Getting Started
  • The Candidate
  • Research Aims
  • Research Plan: Significance/Innovation
  • Research Plan: Hypotheses and Research Design
  • Budgets and Financial Considerations
  • Mentoring and Education Plans including Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Mentors’ Letters and Letters of Support
  • Abstracts
  • The Rest of the Grant and Final Preparations

Another valuable resource for those who plan to pursue a K Award is the Office of Research’s K-Award Toolkit (internal)

Contact Information


Save the Dates for this years K Award Writers' Series:

Dates: Mondays: September 30; October 7, 21, 28; November 4, 18; December 2, 9, 16; and January 20

Time: 4:30pm - 7:00pm

Location: TSI Conference Room A, Meads Hall, First Floor


View the flyer for course details.

Registration Link.


  • 2011 Cohort: Eleven participants completed the 2011 course; seven have submitted/are planning to submit a K or other career development award. One has received a K and two have resubmitted after a favorable score. Four used skills learned to apply for other grants.
  • 2012 Cohort: Eight participants completed the 2012 course. Six have plans to apply for a K or other career development awards within the next year and two have decided to pursue more appropriate funding mechanisms.