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In collaboration with the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science’s K Club, the NIH K Club+ is designed to give you the knowledge and resources to craft competitive K award applications. Club+ participants will take part in events and services including graphic design, editing, and review services.

NIH K Club+ Eligibility, Events, and Services

Assistant professors (or equivalent) and postdocs who are eligible to submit NIH K awards are welcome to register for this program.

Note: Club+ participants receive these events and services free. It is expected the Club members will participate in all events and services. All events and services must be completed within one year of attending the K Award Ecosystem session.

K Club+ Information Session (Virtual; October 2 from 10-10:45 am)

This is an information session to describe the NIH K Club+.

The registration deadline for this session has closed.

The K Award Ecosystem (Virtual; November 3 and 10 from 9-11 am)

The seminar is presented by Dr. Peg AtKisson (AtKisson Training Group). The seminar will walk you through all the parts of the proposal, emphasizing the purpose of each part and how different sections must mesh.

The registration deadline for this year's seminar has closed.

K Club+ Kickoff Session (Virtual; November 10 from 1-1:45 pm)

This session will set expectations and let folks know what is required for participating in the K Club+.

Specific Aims Review (In-person; contact Jamie Thrams to schedule)

Presenters will receive feedback on their specific aims from ICTS KL2 co-directors, field-specific senior faculty, and peer junior faculty. Presenters will share a 5-minute overview of their writing and any specific areas for feedback or questions

K Award Recent Awardee Panel Session (Virtual; December 1 from 1-2 pm)

This panel session will provide an opportunity to hear from three accomplished K Award recipients regarding their experience with the application process, need-to-know information, plus much more.

Register here by Thursday, November 30. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration.

Note: To be eligible for these services, participants must participate in all of the listed events.

Graphic Design

Have one key figure designed for your proposal.

External Grant Review

Participants will receive expert feedback from one external reviewer of their choice. Full proposals must be sent to the external reviewer eight weeks before the due date. Learn more here.

Internal Panel Review

Participants will receive expert feedback from three internal (University of Iowa) reviewers of their choice. Full proposals must be sent to the internal reviewers eight weeks before the due date.

Editing Assistance

Participants will receive up to ten hours of editing assistance to improve their writing’s clarity. Full proposals must be sent to the editors four weeks before the due date.

This program was created in collaboration with the ICTS K Club, assisting scholars in improving their writing and progress towards earning grant funding.


The registration deadline for this year's K Club+ has closed. Please email the Research Development Office with questions (

Upon registration, you will receive a follow-up email confirming participation, and calendar invitations/Zoom links to each of the events which are part of the K Club+.


Please email with any questions. Sign up for the RDO Monthly Newsletter to stay up-to-date on this year's NIH K Club+ here!

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 Research Development Office in advance at 319-335-0303 or