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Educational Videos, Tools & Workshops

2012-2018

About K Award Workshops

K workshops are held several times a year to provide junior faculty with advice and feedback on their draft applications to increase their success with NIH K awards. A survey of more than 300 participants found that the workshop improved their understanding of a K grant (see graphic). In addition, junior investigators who participated in the application reviews said face-to-face feedback was highly beneficial.

K Award Workshop Presentations

See below for the most recent K workshop slide presentations and video recordings.

Navigating the K Award Process
For the video, click here.
Speaker: Carol M. Mangione, MD, MSPH
Barbara A. Levey MD & Gerald S. Levey MD Endowed Chair, Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Associate Director, Leader of UCLA CTSI Workforce Development, UCLA

K08 - K23 -K01 Grant Applications and Individual Career Development Awards
For the video, click here.
Speaker: Isidro B. Salusky, MD, Director of UCLA Clinical and Translational Research Center, Associate Dean for Clinical Research, UCLA 

UCLA CTSI KL2 Resources and Q&A session
For the video, click here
Speaker: Mitchell Wong, MD, PhD, Director of UCLA CTSI KL2 Program, UCLA 

K99/R00 Awards - Pathways to Independence
Speaker: Chris Evans, PhD, Director of the Brain Research Institute, UCLA 

K Scholars Society

The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) KL2 Program has expanded the K Scholars Society (formerly known as K & Career Development Seminars) to NIH K and other career development awardees. These monthly seminars generally take place on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 3:00-5:00 pm unless otherwise noted. Click here to get the schedule and apply for each academic year.

For more information, please email CTSIWD@mednet.ucla.edu.

About R Award Workshops

R Award Workshops provide junior faculty with advice on how to leverage research conducted during a K award to obtain an R award. Workshops cover all the steps involved in preparing, writing and resubmitting an R award proposal.

R Award Workshop Presentations

See below for the most recent R Award Workshop slide presentations and video recordings.

How to Anticipate and Plan an R Grant Application
For the video, click here.
Speaker: Carol M. Mangione, MD, MSPH
Professor of Medicine, UCLA

A Tactical Approach to Writing Your Grant Application
For the video, click here.
Speaker: William Parks, PhD 
Professor of Medicine, UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

A Tactical Approach to Writing Your Grant Application
For the video, click here.
Speaker:  O. Kenrik Duru, MD, MSHS
Professor of Medicine, UCLA

How to Craft the "Significance” & "Innovation" Sections of a Grant Application
For the video, click here.
Speaker: William Parks, PhD
Professor of Medicine, UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

How to Craft the "Significance” & "Innovation" Sections of a Grant Application
For the video, click here.
Speaker: Scott G. Filler, MD 
Professor of Medicine, Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA

How to Structure the “Approach” Section of a Grant Application
For the video, click here.
Speaker: David Elashoff, PhD 
Professor of Medicine, UCLA

How to Structure the “Approach” Section of a Grant Application (Basic Science)
For the video, click here.
Speaker:  Scott G. Filler, MD
Professor of Medicine, Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA

How Write the "Specific Aims
For the video, click here
O. Kenrik Duru, MD, MSHS
Professor of Medicine, UCLA

How Write the "Specific Aims (Basic Science)"
For the video, click here
Speaker:  Scott G. Filler, MD 
Professor of Medicine, Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA

The Rebuttal Letter
Speaker: Scott G. Filler, MD
Professor of Medicine, Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA
Training Program in Translational Science Track 2 Monthly Meetings

The meetings, which are for Track 2 enrollees only, give trainees the opportunity to discuss their research in an open, yet structured format during which they receive feedback from their peers, as well as the Program Director and faculty representatives. At each meeting, three to four trainees give individual presentations. Occasionally, there are invited special lecturers in place of trainee presentations.

Who: Track 2 fellows in clinical research
When: Third Tuesday of each month from 11:30am - 1:30pm
Where: Westwood Conference Room, CHS 14-214U

For more information about the Track 2 program, contact Training Program Coordinator, Doug Smoot, at tptstraining@mednet.ucla.edu

UCLA DGSOM Josiah Brown Poster Fair TORRES_BAUM_2014fair.jpg

The DGSOM Josiah Brown Poster Fair is an annual event that gives students an opportunity to present their research. Participants include medical students in the DGSOM Pathway in Clinical and Translational Research and health professional students (medical, nursing and dental) in the UCLA CTSI TL1 Summer Fellowship.

Learn more about the annual poster fair.

CTSI K Scholar Society - Mentorship curriculum

CTSI's K Scholar Society offers mentorship curriculum (adapted from UCSF) to junior faculty as they begin their mentoring career. This training is offered as part of the Society’s monthly didactic seminars. To access the curriculum, you must be enrolled in the K Scholars Society. Learn more about the K Scholar Society and the application schedule.

For questions on this curriculum, contact Lisa Chan, lchan@mednet.ucla.edu.

Methods Seminar: Pilot Studies versus Feasibility Studies to Inform Future RCTs

There is growing consensus in the biostatistical community that pilot studies being done in preparation for RCTs should not be used to estimate effect sizes.  If this is true, what is the purpose of a pilot study, and how is a pilot study different from a feasibility study?  And how should grant applicants approach these issues strategically, given that some study sections still expect a pilot study to estimate an effect size? 

CTSI covers all of these issues and more related to pilot study design in this 1-hour moderated panel with statisticians and health services researchers with extensive expertise writing and reviewing pilot study grant proposals. 

Panelist Speakers: 
David Elashoff PhD, Professor of Medicine, Biostatistics and Computational Medicine, Director of UCLA CTSI Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) program.

Sitaram Vangala, Principal Statistician, UCLA CTSI BERD

Kenrik Duru MD, Professor of Medicine and Co-PI, UCLA Resource Center for Minority Aging Research/Center for Healthcare of Minority Elders (RCMAR/CHIME)

Moderator:
Catherine Sarkisian MD
, Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of UCLA CTSI Special Populations Core


UCLA CTSI Funding Search Tools, Grant-Writing Tips & Templates

Visit the UCLA CTSI Funding Search Tools, Grant-Writing Tips and Diversity Supplements to search for resources on crafting a grant application. This page includes tips for:

  • Diversity Supplements
  • General Grant-Writing Tips
  • Guide to CTSI Grant Writing Resources
  • K and K-to-R Grant-Writing Tips
  • NIH Application Guide
  • NIH Resources and Grant-Writing Tips
  • Search Tools for Funding Opportunities
  • UCLA's Commonly Needed Information
  • UCLA Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research: Research Enhancement materials