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Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology

Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

K to R Transition (KTR) Program

The KTR program’s objective is to help applicants applying for their first NIH R-level grant produce strong, nationally competitive research proposals and ultimately get their application funded. Eligible applicants include MCOM faculty who have not yet served as PI on an R01 or equivalent grant.

KTR Program Pre-Application Review

Specific Aims Speed Critique

Every December, April, and August, the KTR program will provide an opportunity for applicants to bring their specific aims page and get rapid feedback from a panel of reviewers.

Pre-Application Review

Applicants should submit their specific aims page and 12-page proposal at least 5 weeks prior to the application deadline. The program will recruit reviewers with NIH review panel experience and sufficient expertise to provide critical feedback of the application. The reviewers will provide critical feedback and will help with polishing the application prior to submission to the NIH.

Revision of Unfunded Applications

Applicants should contact the KTR program upon receipt of their summary statement. If revisions are needed, the reviewers will meet with the applicant (and applicant’s faculty mentors, if available) to perform an assessment of what approach to take next. At this meeting, the applicant can present a plan on how to address the weaknesses identified by the study section, and the panel will provide critical feedback and milestones that will be required prior to resubmission. If the applicant has not used the pre-application review prior to this stage, the KTR program can help form a review committee to help with the resubmission strategy.

For information on how to utilize the KTR program, please contact Victoria Mothershed.

Additional Resources Open to All Faculty

Working with and Optimizing Research Budgets Workshop

This workshop, provided by the Office of Research and Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, helps new investigators navigate and plan for detailed budgets for NIH grant applications. Open to all faculty.

Writing Workshops and Application Review

Stillpoint Coaching and Consulting is also available to provide feedback on grant applications. All USF faculty members are eligible and are encouraged to utilize this service. Click here to learn more. 

Research Methodology and Biostatistics Core

USF Health Intramural Funding Opportunities

F Foundations

NIH Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships Workshop

These workshops are designed to help predoctoral/postdoctoral trainees and their mentors secure funding through NIH F-series awards and similar fellowship opportunities.

Additional Resources

NIH Individual Fellowships Program Announcements

NIH Institute Program Matrix