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.

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 February 2023 K-POPP is now open. Email [email protected] for more information.

Dates for the February 2023 K-POPP:

  • Session 1: Specific Aims Workshop (jointly hosted and organized by CUIMC Academic Affairs)
    • Date: Wednesday, November 2nd from 1:30 - 2:30 pm
  • Session 2: Intro to the K Award
    • Date: Monday, November 7th from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Session 3: Review Process & Candidate Section 
    • Date: Monday, November 14th from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Session 4: Significance and Innovation
    • Date: Monday, November 21st from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Session 5: NIH Rigor and Reproducibility
    • Date: Monday, November 28th from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Session 6: All other components of the K Award
    • Date: Monday, December 19th from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Session 7: Panel Discussion with Funded Investigators
    • Date: Monday, January 9th from 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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
  • 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, 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 six sessions and each session will focus on a different aspect of the grant. Participants will have the opportunity to share documents with the instructors for review and to set-up individual meetings as needed.

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.

Other educational resources:

  • K Award Info Session for Clinicians: There is a session held every year and it is good overview information for both basic scientists and clinicians considering applying for a K award.
  • New York State Psychiatric Institute K Award Course: Led by Dr. Harold Pincus (New York State Psychiatric Institute), this course meets monthly from October to February with the goal of educating and preparing applicants to submit K Award applications. For more information, please email LaKeysia Huger or call 646-774-5400.


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.