Tackling Your K Writing Club

A Grant Writing Club for Writing Career Development Awards

This K Writing Club teaches grant writing fundamentals and provides strategies to address the many components of the NIH K application (K08, K23, K99/R00, etc.), including the detailed training, mentoring, and research plans. It is specifically designed for Pediatrics postdocs and instructors submitting NIH Ks for the June-October 2022 deadline. It will meet weekly via Zoom starting in April. 

Dr. Orit Rapaport, an experienced Research Development Strategist, leads the Tackling your K Writing Club’sinteractive peer feedback sessions and didactics. Participants will address the review criteria through opportunities to ‘think like a reviewer’ as well as peer feedback. In addition, each participant will receive individual guidance and detailed feedback on their proposal from the Office of Pediatric Research Development. Space is limited so sign up today!

To prepare for the Tackling your K Club, please join the Grant Writing Academy’s Mini Proposal Bootcamp. Starting February 23, the Mini Proposal Bootcamp is hosting weekly workshops on Wednesdays at 1-2:30 PM. 

For more information or questions contact Dr. Orit Rapaport (oritgr@stanford.edu). 

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


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.

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