Are you planning a K or R01 award submission for October 2020?  Do you want to learn more about pacing yourself smoothly to completion of your application? Join us for a practical series of workshops and peer accountability meetings designed to help you prepare the best possible grant. Break it Down to Build it Better consists of two workshops: a half-day session followed by an all-day workshop. Both sessions involve pre-work. During workshops you will have many opportunities to ask questions, troubleshoot problems, and work on your upcoming submission.

You must be submitting a grant in October (September for AIDS related grants) to participate and must commit to both sessions (one in April, one in June) and the majority of the group meetings. Up to 16 individuals will be able to participate in each workshop. Email Adrienne Babcock ( by April 15 to reserve your spot.  Note which type of grant you’re planning.

Session I
K Awards: Monday, April 20, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
R Awards: Tuesday, April 21, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Topics covered include:

  • Making a customized grant preparation timeline
  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Using task lists to ensure continuous momentum
  • Assuring materials from collaborators are ready on time
  • Maximizing assistance from mentors, staff, and students
  • Forming peer-accountability groups

Between workshop sessions, you will meet with your peer accountability groups on a regular basis, decided by each group. Dr. Hartmann and Office for Clinical & Translational Scientist Development resources will be available to you.

Session II
K Awards: Wednesday, June 3, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
R Awards: Thursday, June 4, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM


Topics covered include:

  • Constructing flow diagrams
  • Constructing a budget and justification
  • Vanderbilt’s submission process
  • Tables and diagrams
  • Study timelines
  • Insights from a successful K award recipient at Vanderbilt (K workshop)

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