Peg presents seminar to audience
The Research Development Office and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science are hosting a 2-part virtual NIH K Award grant writing seminar The K Award Ecosystem on Tuesday, November 3 and Tuesday, November 10 from 9-11am both days. The seminar is presented by Dr. Peg AtKisson (AtKisson Training Group). 

Two-part Seminar

This is normally a half-day seminar but due to virtual delivery, it is now a two-part virtual seminar:  

Part 1: Tuesday, November 3 from 9am-11am 

Part 2: Tuesday, November 10 from 9am-11am 

What is a K Award?

NIH Career Development (K) Awards support postdoctoral fellows or faculty-level candidates in transitioning to the conduct of independent research and further major grant support (NICHD).

K Award Ecosystem Seminar

A competitive NIH Career Development K Award fits together like a complex ecosystem. This seminar will walk you through all the parts of the proposal, emphasizing the purpose of each part and how different sections must mesh. Note: the general concepts also apply to many aspects of Fellowship (F31/F32) applications.


  • How and why components must mesh
  • Choosing the right K Award
  • Addressing review criteria in all components
  • What makes a good Candidate
  • Connecting Candidate, Career Development, and Mentor
  • Support letters
  • Transition from K to R

Target Audience

Early career faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students.


No cost to register. Register here by Friday, October 30, 2020. A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants prior to Part 1.

About the Presenter

Peg AtKisson has 19 years of grant writing and training experience across multiple agencies and disciplines. She founded the proposal and research development office at Tufts University starting as a contract grant writer in 2001. In 8 years she and her team contributed to $140,000,000 in funded proposals from NSF, NIH, USDA, USAID, Keck Foundation, and others. After working as a trainer for a grant writing consulting firm, Dr. AtKisson founded AtKisson Training Group (ATG) to expand training beyond the proposal document and into the overall planning for funding and academic success.

Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) K Club

This seminar aligns closely with the objectives of the ICTS K Club, assisting scholars in improving their writing and progress towards earning grant funding.


Please email with any questions.

Sponsored by

Research Development Office and Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Aaron Kline in advance at 319-335-4142 or