Presentation on theme: "REVIEW CRITERIA FOR NIH K01, K08, AND K23 (CAREER DEVELOPMENT) and K99/00 PATHWAY TO INDEPENDENCE AWARD GRANTS Liz Zelinski Former Reviewer and backup."— Presentation transcript:
1 REVIEW CRITERIAFOR NIH K01, K08, AND K23 (CAREER DEVELOPMENT) and K99/00 PATHWAY TO INDEPENDENCE AWARD GRANTSLiz ZelinskiFormer Reviewer and backup chair for NIH/ZRG F12AANDCurrent member, NIA-S K award study section13 November 2014
2 K awardsThe objective of these programs is to bring candidates to the point where they are able to conduct their research independently and are competitive for major grant support. Current NIH policies require that, by the time of the award, applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen U.S. nationals, or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Please note that this requirement applies to all the mechanisms below, EXCEPT the K99/R00.
5 K01/K08/K23 SCORED REVIEW CRITERIA CandidateCareer Development Plan/Career Goals & ObjectivesResearch Plan Mentor(s), Co-Mentor(s), Consultant(s), Collaborator(s)Environment and Institutional Commitment to the CandidateProtection of Human Subjects/Animal ProtectionInclusion of Women, Minorities, & ChildrenVertebrate AnimalsTraining in the Responsible Conduct of Research
6 Applicant/Candidate: What reviewers look for More is better:Refereed publicationsFirst-authored publicationsHigh-level journalsEvidence of leadership (K candidates)Previous awards, especially national onesPrior training “pedigree”Letters that say “outstanding” or “one of the best ever”How the previous training experience leads up to the proposed research training
7 Mentoring team on K awards: What reviewers look for A team with the “right” mix and number of mentors, co-mentors and others as neededEvidence that the mentors read and critiqued the proposalCurrent research support is available for mentee
8 K01/08/23/25/99/R00 Plan/Goals: What Reviewers look for Formal coursework relevant to meeting the goals and research plan; informal mentoring/tutoringDiscussion of regular attendance at appropriate local institutional seminars and meetings, including grand rounds, lab groupsFrequency and duration of meetings with mentoring team membersFrequency of progress monitoring/including mention of remedial actions if needed by the entire mentoring teamAttendance at appropriate professional meetings, including presentingFormal training as appropriate in grant proposal developmentA timeline for goal based activities over the course of the awardSpecific benchmarks in the timeline (e.g., papers to be produced, R01 submission)Verification of plan details, especially mentoring activities in the mentors’ statements
9 Research Plan for K awards: What reviewers look for Likelihood that the work, if successful, will be of high impactThe research plan fits with the stated career goals and training planTimeline for completing the elements of the research is appropriate given the training needed and the workload of the research plan
10 K Environment and Commitment: What Reviewers Look for Letter of support with the appropriate level of commitment for the release time of the candidateFor junior applicants, a faculty appointment is not contingent on obtaining a K awardWhat institutional resources will be provided (office space, clerical help, RA’s, statistical consulting) to support the research
11 K: Budget and Period of Support Appropriateness of budget beyond the 75% release time is evaluatedBudget is similar to that of a smaller R01 with travel, equipment, materials and supplies permitted
12 Training in Responsible Conduct of Research 1) Format – the required formal of instruction, i.e., face-to-face lectures, coursework, and/or real-time discussion groups (a plan with only on-line instruction is not acceptable);2) Subject Matter – the breadth of subject matter, e.g., conflict of interest, authorship, data management, human subjects and animal use, laboratory safety, research misconduct, research ethics;3) Faculty Participation – the role of the sponsor(s) and other faculty involvement in the fellow’s instruction;4) Duration of Instruction – the number of contact hours of instruction (at least eight contact hours are required)5) Frequency of Instruction – instruction must occur during each career stage and at least once every four years. Plans and past record will be rated as ACCEPTABLE or UNACCEPTABLE, and the summary statement will provide the consensus rating of the review committee.
14 K01, K08, K23, K99/00 Review OVERALL IMPACT Reviewers will provide an overall impact score to reflect their assessment of the likelihood that the proposed career development and research plan will enhance the candidate’s potential for a productive, independent scientific research career in a health related field, taking into consideration the criteria below in determining the overall impact score.April guidelines
15 Process: NIA K study sections Reviewers are interdisciplinary researchers and the study sections are broadly disciplinaryNIA-S mostly social and psychological sciencesNIA-N mostly neuroscienceNIA-B mostly biological sciencesSubmission of reviews about 3 days before meetingAll applications are reviewed; order varies with availability of program officers to listen inTelephone reviews are allowedReviewers get 5-10 applications to review; funding mechanisms much more varied than CSR study section fellowship groups
16 Review Discussion (10-15 min) Chair asks the three reviewers to give their initial impact scoreFirst reviewer gives a very brief summary of the elements of the training program; there is a tendency to outline the research study part of it in a bit more detail. Discusses the evaluative part of his or her review in the context of the summary covering all the content elements, and then Human Subjects Protection, Women, Minorities, Children comments.Second reviewer: nonoverlapping comments only.Third reviewer: anything else not discussed.Discussion open to whole group.Verbal summary by chair of the application: strengths & weaknesses.Reviewers give their final impact scores (and will change their reviews to align with the scores). The range of scores given is the general range for the study section members to follow. If anyone want to score outside the range, they so indicate and provide their rationale. They write it up for the review document.Voting (on paper & online)First reviewer is asked to comment on responsible conduct of research training and appropriateness of budget (duration of award) for program staff. These are not included in the voting.
17 Resubmissions after Review Introduction: Describe all responses to reviewers, indicate how changes to application will be identified (eg italics, underline)Be as responsive as humanly possibleMore publications and coursework finishedFast turnaround but not too fast!