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Research Career & Writing Group "K Award Group"

Research Career & Writing Group "K Award Writing Group"

The UMCCTS Research Career & Writing Group (K Award Group) was established in 2007. Most individuals who participate and apply for a research career award have been very successful in getting funded (>80% success). The K Award Group meets every other week to provide information and feedback on academic career development and on preparing a Research Career Award application (NIH K Awards, VA Research Career Awards, CTSA K grants, etc.).

Participants will receive:

  • Feedback on CV development
  • Help on preparing NIH biosketches
  • Support on creating yearly career development plans
  • Individualized help on developing career goals and a program of research
  • Support with writing the career development grant application
  • Guidance on selecting and working with primary and secondary mentors (if needed)

Of note, Mock Board Review sessions and review of prior grant applications / NIH review committee feedback are available. Outstanding senior mentors, including Drs. Lisa Chasan-Taber, Mihaela Stefan, and Ekaterina Pivovarova attend the meetings and provide complementary information and perspectives.

** Meetings are held every other week on Wednesday from 4-5 PM. Please email for current schedule**

Interested in joining?

Program Mentors


Lisa Chasan-Taber, Sc.D.
Professor & Chair, Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology,
University of Massachusetts – Amherst


Ekaterina (Kate) Pivovarova, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health,
UMass Chan Medical School/UMass Memorial Health

Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA
Professor, Department of Psychiatry,
UMass Chan Medical School 

Helpful Resources

NIAID's collection of sample applications and summary statements, forms, sharing plans, letters, emails, and more.

Tracking the Impact of Your Research: Tips & Best Practices

MP4 MP4 audio/video

Dr. Byatt's K12 proposal.

Dr. McManus' K12 proposal.