K Award Program for On-time Proposal Preparation (K-POPP)

The VP&S Office for Research hosts a NIH K Award Program that starts in the months leading up to the three deadlines. 

The NIH Career Development (K) Award Program for On-time Proposal Preparation (K-POPP) is designed to provide practical resources (i.e. checklists, timelines, helpdesk etc.) to ensure applicants are staying on target to meet the submission deadline. K-POPP will provide direction and strategy for assembling the application and will guide the applicant in collaborating with their mentors to develop the career development plan and research strategy.

Timeline depicting when K-POPP meets as well as applicant and mentor responsibilities.

How to Apply:

Interested VP&S junior faculty members or postdoctoral scientists/research associate scientists must apply in order to participate. Sign-up for the June 2021 K-POPP is now open. Email [email protected] for more information.

Dates for the June 2021 K-POPP:

  • Session 1: Intro to the K Award
    • Date: Monday, March 22nd from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Session 2: Specific Aims Workshop (jointly hosted and organized by CUIMC Academic Affairs)
    • Date: Monday, March 29th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Session 3: Candidate Section and Research Strategy
    • Date: Monday, April 5th from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Session 4: All other components of the K Award
    • Date: Monday, May 3rd from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Session 5: NIH Rigor and Reproducibility Webinar (hosted by the Office of Research Training & Compliance and Sponsored Projects Administration)
    • Date: At your convenience

Program Timeline:

  • For the February 12th/March 12th deadlines, sign-up is at the end of October with the first session typically held at the end of November.
  • For the June 12th/July 12th deadlines, sign-up is at the end of February (note, early March for 2021 session) with the first session typically held at the end of March.
  • For the October 12th/November 12th deadlines, sign-up is at the end of June with the first session typically held at the end of July.


Course details:


  • Danielle Matsushima, PhD, Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives in the VP&S Office for Research
  • Daichi Shimbo, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of the TRANSFORM in the Irving Institute, and Associate Dean of Research Career Development 
  • Yinghui Mao, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology and Assistant Dean of Graduate Affairs
  • Walter Bockting, PhD, Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Nursing)
  • Pam Factor-Litvak, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology and Associate Dean for Research Resources

Learning objectives: 

Participants will be able to understand the components of a NIH Career Development Award and the key elements that compose a strong application. At the end of the program, all applicants will be equipped to submit a complete application to the NIH institute of their choice.


K-POPP consists of five sessions and each session will focus on a different aspect of the grant. Sessions 2-4 are open discussion, small group format with two dates offered for each session and participants may attend either the Monday or Thursday session. Participants will have the opportunity to share documents with the instructors for review and to set-up individual meetings as needed. Sessions 1 and 5 involve a larger audiance and are hosted in collaboration with other offices on campus but K-POPP instructors will be avaliable for questions throughout these sessions.

Helpful links:

  • NIH K Kiosk: Information about the different types of NIH Career Development (K) Awards as well as a list of funding opportunity announcements (FOA) for each activity code (e.g., K01, K08, K99)
  • NIH K Award Parent Announcements: Apply to these FOAs if you are submitting an application that is not solicited by NIH.

Please refer to the VP&S Office for Research Grant Starter Kit for checklists, templates, examples, and helpful links.

Questions about K-POPP? Email the VP&S Office for Research.