University of Southern California


Mock NIH Study Section Panels for K and R Awards

Who Should Attend

Course is designed for new and junior USC investigators, and CHLACHLA-Butterfly-Logo-RGB faculty involved in biomedical basic, translational or clinical research who are interested in the processes of K-awards and/or R-awards. The objective is to educate investigators in the processes and assiting faculty making their grants more competitive in today’s funding climate.

Course Description

These sessions will demonstrate to junior faculty how study sections review, approve and prioritize submitted research proposals at the NIH both for the K-awards and R-awards. A panel of ‘Mock Study Section’ reviewers will be created, using actual USC faculty grants as examples, the panelists will demonstrate the deliberations and discussions that occur. There will be an opportunity for Q & A at the end of session.

Course Leader

Kathleen Nelson, MD, Associate Chair of Pediatrics for Faculty Development

Course Contributors and Panelists

D. Brent Polk, MD, Chair of Pediatrics and Director of The Saban Research Institute
Michele Kipke, PhD, Vice Chair of Pediatrics for Research
Richard Simerly, PhD, Vice Deputy Director, The Saban Research Institute
Charles Gomer, PhD, Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs
Selected faculty with K and R study section experience


Two, 2 hour sessions at the Saban Auditorium. Sessions will be webcasted.

Webcast Link

Link will be available at a future date.

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Course Registration

To register, please RSVP at least one week prior to the first class via email, indicating the course(s) you are attending, to

For information about workshops, contact the office at 213-740-6709.