Thursday, January 16, 2020: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Marquis BR Salon 14, ML 2 (Marriott Marquis Washington DC)
Cluster: Health (H)
Catherine Carlson, PhD, University of Alabama, Karen Chartier, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, Trenette Goings, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Erika Sabbath, ScD, Boston College and Lianne Urada, PhD, San Diego State University
Early Career Investigator Awards from the National Institutes of Health (commonly referred to as the K series) provide recently graduated PhDs protected time to further their research training and become independent investigators. The application process and implementation of K awards differ from other grant mechanisms and require unique considerations. This roundtable will convene a group of social work faculty with current or recent K awards from NIMH, NIAAA, NIDA, and NIOSH. The five roundtable presenters will provide an overview of their successfully-funded K award training goals and research on: 1) implementation science for child and adolescent global mental health; 2) epidemiological studies of alcohol use disorder using multi-level factors from genetics to social context; 3) epidemiological and etiological study of substance use among adolescents and young adults; 4) economic and health effects of workplace stress among nurses; and 5) community mobilization intervention research with substance-using women in the sex trade. The roundtable discussion will proceed with topics ranging from the nuts and bolts in applying for a K award to leveraging a K award for the next career phase. Topics around developing a K award application will include how to identify the appropriate K award mechanism, align training goals with NIH institute priorities, develop a training plan, establish the right mentorship team, and devising an innovative and realistic research strategy. Aspects of implementing a K award will also be considered, such as balancing your training and expectations as a junior faculty member and maximizing productivity by building a research team. Finally, participants will discuss leveraging a K award for future research activities and grants and the advantages and limitations of the K series in advancing social work research and careers. In addition to their own K awards, the presenters also have experience mentoring other junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows in obtaining K awards and will share general grant writing resources and tips.
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