K Award Checklist


All Administrator Component MUST be received by Grant Admin 4 weeks before deadline

K award Administrative and Science Checklist

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Project Summary/Abstract

(no more than 30 lines)

Describe concisely the research design and methods for achieving the stated goals. This section should be informative to other persons working in the same or related fields and insofar as possible understandable to a scientifically or technically literate reader. Avoid describing past accomplishments and the use of the first person. Finally, please make every effort to be succinct.


Project Narrative

(No more than 2 – 3 sentences)

What are the major goals for the project?

Describe the relevance of this research to public health. In this section, be succinct and use plain language that can be understood by a general, lay audience.


Facilities and Other Resources

Do NOT include Major Equipment

Download the Center’s Research Facilities and Resources document under “Helpful Grant Links” in the sidebar.



List all equipment that is available to your project. If you have a subcontract please add their equipment to yours.



K99/R00 should be all on one budget template. Please use the new 10-year template.

Download the MGB Budget Template under the “Helpful Grant Links” in the sidebar.


Other Attachments

Include only if requested in RFA


Budget Justification

  • Key Personnel (Primary and Co-Mentors, Collaborators and Consultants) — MUST include Role, MGH Title (if any) & Effort
  • Non-Key Personnel, Equipment ($5,000 or > for one item)
  • Travel Separate Domestic from Foreign & Describe each in detail
  • Materials & Supplies & other Expenses


Bio Sketch for K applicant, Primary & Co-Mentors, Collaborators, Advisors

(5-page limit)

Tailor the Personnel Statement to the project

No headers, footers or expired projects


Introduction to Application

(1-page limit)

For Resubmission or Revision only


Cover Letter

Must Include Referees, Institution /Title & Address

CANNOT be the same as Mentor’s letter


Other Support for Primary/Co-Mentors

Admin person will provide for Martinos Center

PI MUST Collect the OS for the Outside Key personnel

Current/pending research and NO Effort or Overlap Statement


Candidate Information and Goals for Career Development

(included in the 12-page limit for the Research Strategy)


Progress Report Publication List

For Renewal Applications


Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research

(1-page limit)


Candidate’s Plan to Provide Mentoring

Required by specific FOA, i.e., K24 and K05


Plans and Statements of Mentor/Co-Mentor(s)

(6-page limit)


Letters of Support from Collaborators/Consultants

(6-page limit)


Description of Institutional Environment

(1-page limit)


Institutional Commitment to Candidate’s Research Career Development (Dr. Brink/Dr. Rosen letter)

(1-page limit)

Must be on Letterhead & Admin person will obtain the Signatures for PI


Assignment Request Form

Download the assignment request form

Make sure the organization you select is participating

Human Study Record form — Please request the Form from the Grant Administrator that is assisting with your proposal

Non-Clinical Trial — MUST complete and upload pdf documents to ONLY 1, 2 and 3 sections

Clinical Trial — MUST complete and upload pdf documents to ALL sections 1- 4


Download Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Form and Instructons 

Vertebrate Animals


Select Agent Research

If required by the science

Consortium/Contractual Arrangements

If subcontract(s) involved


Resource Sharing Plan

Required in certain circumstances; check announcement


Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources

(1-page limit)

Required if key biological/chemical resources involved



Attachments here only if announcement specifies

Science Components MUST be received 3 Business Days from the Sponsor Due Date


Bibliography & References Cited

(no page limit)

Provide a bibliography of any references cited in the Project Narrative. Each reference must include the names of all authors (in the same sequence in which they appear in the publication), the article and journal title, book title, volume number, page numbers, and year of publication. Include only bibliographic citations.

Applicants should be especially careful to follow scholarly practices in providing citations for source materials relied upon when preparing any section of the application.

List only publications pertinent to your research.


Specific Aims

(1-page limit)


Research Strategy

(12-page limit, including Candidate Info)

CANNOT exceed 12 pages total combined with Candidate Info

Citizenship Or Non-Citizen National

If NO – select most appropriate Non-Citizen option

  • With a permanent U.S Resident Visa
  • With A temporary U.S. Visa
  • Not Residing in the U.S.