University of Southern California


Writing a Fundable NIH K Series Application

Who Should Attend

Course is designed for new and established USC investigators who wish to submit a career development “K” application to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Course Description

The objectives are to educate investigators and mentors on USC resources available as well as to describe “best practices” in obtaining fundable K awards.

The workshop will provide an overview of K award application, a comprehensive description of the CHLA/USC “Success Program” developed for assisting junior faculty interested in applying for career development grants and best practice guidance and granstmanship regarding the current K-award review process. A recent awardee will describe the effort and assistance needed to write and re-write a K application before getting funded. Participants will also learn about some of the resources available to help them succeed.


Charles Gomer, PhD, Vice Chair of Pediatrics for Faculty Affairs, Professor of Pediatrics and Radiation Oncology


Michele Kipke, PhD, SC CTSI Co-director, Vice Chair of Research, Professor
of Pediatrics, Dept. of Pediatrics, CHLA, Director, Clinical Investigations Center and Community, Health Outcomes & Intervention Research Program, The Saban Research Institute

Elizabeth Zelinski, PhD, Professor of Gerontology, Psychology and Gender Studies

David Hellard, Senior Program Manager, SC CTSI

Jon Detterich, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Cardiology, CHLA

Next course

November 13, 2014 | 11:45 – 1:15 PM | Location: HSC, NRT, Norris Research Tower, Room LG 503/4

Presentations and Materials

Introduction, Charles Gomer
Awardee Experience, Jon Detterich
Early Career Success Teams, Michele Kipke
SC CTSI Mock Review Program, David Hellard
Review Criteria, Elizabeth Zelinski

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.