Tackling Your K Writing Club

A Grant Writing Club for Writing Career Development Awards

Annually, offered starting in late Feb / early March, this grant writing club is ideal for grant writers targeting proposals, like the NIH K Awards (K01, K08, K23, K99/R00, etc), that are due between June to October. This writing club meets weekly and involves lectures, peer review, faculty feedback, and one-on-one meetings with trained research development strategists. 

For more information or questions contact the Office of Pediatric Research Development

Learning Objectives

 •          Generate concise and clear aims that are measurable and realistic

•           Communicate clearly the significance and its importance to public health

•           Develop a feasible research plan

•           Outline a structured personalized career plan that enables independence

•           Apply grantsmanship fundamentals, including to use the review criteria to inform writing

•           Shape a mentoring team invested in your success

•           Assemble a tool box, i.e., templates, boiler documents to guide proposal development


Crystal Botham, PhD

Crystal is Director of Research Development for the Department of Pediatrics. Her passion for research development was ignited while writing a pre-doc AHA fellowship, which was funded. As a postdoc, she was a Tashia and John Morgridge Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow and also received a NIH F32. In 2019, she joined the Department of Pediatrics as its inaugural director of research development. Crystal is also the founder and director of the Stanford Biosciences Grant Writing Academy

Orit Rapaport, PhD

Orit is a Research Development Strategist and Grant Writer for the Department of Pediatrics. She has extensive experience in research and academic funding for top-tier universities and a track record of achieving funding targets for large-scale research projects spanning numerous sciences. At Stanford, Orit uses a people-focused approach to guide researchers through the entire proposal process, including developing strategic plans and editing and evaluating drafts. In addition, she is committed to continuously improving application content and research capacity by providing comprehensive training to faculty and administrators.