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K Award Timeline - When Should I Start?

18-12 months before submission

  • Develop project plans and training plan
  • Begin pilot research
  • Identify mentoring/research team
  • Review grant requirements/review funding agency's priorities
  • Find examples of recently funded grants
  • Draft Specific Aims; revise based on mentors’ input
  • Identify and contact the appropriate program officer (confirm you are a good candidate for the award and that your aims corresponds with the funder's priorities)

12-6 months before submission

  • Identify potential reviewers who can critique your draft before submission
  • Complete analyses of pilot data
  • Write research plan
  • Devise training plan with mentors’ input
  • Get input from biostatistician
  • Draft budget

6-3 months before submission

  • Review research plan with mentoring team
  • Revise research and training plans

3-0 months before submission

  • Obtain letters of support
  • Write/revise abstract
  • Complete full draft for review by research team
  • Revise and assemble complete grant application
  • Finalize budget
  • Submit