Application Guidelines

Only complete applications will be reviewed. All application materials must be uploaded and submitted online through the K12 website (http://omicsk12.wustl.edu/) as one single PDF document. Failure to upload all required documents will result in the application not being reviewed. Missing even one item by the deadline will result in the application being rejected. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor the status of all required documents. The Program Administrator will contact the applicant once all letters are received from the mentor, Division Director and Department Chair.

To be considered for the Omics of Inflammatory Airway Disease K12, applications must be accompanied by the following documents:


Current Biosketch

Each applicant is required to submit a current NIH Biosketch (including Other Support information). Click here for NIH Biosketch Template and Example Other Support Template: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm#biosketch


Career Development Plan

Applicant must submit a 3-5 page career development plan (no more than 5 pages; references are not included in page count) that includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Career goals
  • Past research experience and past graduate coursework that is relevant
  • Who your mentor(s) is (are) and why you have selected her/him/them
  • Coursework you are planning to take and why
  • The number of years you anticipate being on the K12 award
  • Your plans for the next 2-3 years if you do not receive the award
  • How the award will change or affect your career plans

Research Plan

The required Research Plan should follow the standard NIH format (PHS 398).

The Research Plan includes:

Section of Research Plan Page Limit
Abstract, Specific Aims & Research Strategy (Significance, Innovation, and Approach) 5 pages
Protection of Human Subjects, Inclusion of Women and Minorities, Inclusion of Children, Vertebrate Animals 3 pages
Targeted/Planned Enrollment Table 1 page
Bibliography and References Cited/Progress Report Publication List
(include PMCID # if applicable)
No page limit

Mentor Documents

Applicants are required to submit a current NIH Biosketch, Other Support document, and Trainee Table for both the Primary and Secondary mentors proposed on the K12 application.


Mentor Letter of Support

Mentoring is a critical part of the K12 Career Development Awards, and who your mentors are is very important. The K12 application requires two mentors from different disciplines. Applicants must identify one mentor as primary and one as secondary. Applicants must establish a relationship with the proposed mentor prior to submission of the K12 Career Development application. Please do not select a mentor without prior approval of the mentor.

Each mentor must provide a confidential letter of support by the application deadline (March 1, 2016) either via email to Tamara Toal (toal@wustl.edu), Program Administrator, or by mail in a sealed envelope (Washington University, 660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8208, St. Louis, MO 63101). This letter must outline the mentor’s research qualifications in the proposed area of research, his/her plan to provide mentorship throughout the duration of the program and describe the applicant’s potential to succeed as an independent researcher.

Mentor letter of support must:

  • Be submitted by the mentor, not the applicant
  • Include the mentor’s signature
  • Be submitted on the mentor’s letterhead

Department Chair Letter of Support*

Each applicant’s Department Chair is required to submit a letter of support describing the applicant’s potential and guaranteeing the protected time (75%) required for participation in the K12 Career Development Program. This letter of support must be received by the application deadline (March 1, 2016) either via email to Tamara Toal (toal@wustl.edu), Program Administrator, or by mail in a sealed envelope (Washington University, 660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8208, St. Louis, MO 63101).

Department Chair letter of support must:

  • Be sent by the Department Chair, not the applicant
  • Include the Department Chair’s signature
  • Be submitted on letterhead

Division Director Letter of Support*

Each applicant’s Division Director is required to submit a letter of support stating the candidate will have protected time for research and indicate that the space and resources necessary to complete the proposal will be available. This letter should specifically comment upon the candidate’s research record and discuss his/her likelihood of success. Letters should address the candidate’s competence and potential to develop into an independent researcher. This letter of support must be received by the application deadline (March 1, 2016) either via email to Tamara Toal (toal@wustl.edu), Program Administrator, or in a sealed envelope (Washington University, 660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8208, St. Louis, MO 63101).

Division Director letter of support must:

  • Be sent by the Division Director, not the applicant
  • Include the Division Director’s signature
  • Be submitted on letterhead

*Please note - you may submit one combined letter of support from both the Department Chair and Division Director instead of submitting a separate letter from each of them.


Required Format for Supporting Documents

  • Black font of either Arial or Times New Roman
  • Font size of 11 points or larger (a symbol font may be used to insert Greek letters or special characters; the font size requirement still applies)
  • Type density, including characters and spaces, must be no more than 15 characters per inch
  • Single spaced paragraph type
  • Margins should be at least one-half inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages, excluding letters of support
  • Application should be converted to one PDF document and submitted through the K12 website (http://omicsk12.wustl.edu/)
  • Appendices are not allowed

Timeline for Applications

Will no longer be accepting applications for the Omics K12 grant, this grant will be ending 5/31/18.

  • February 2, 2018 – March 1, 2018: Applications accepted online
  • March 19, 2018, 5:00 pm (CST): Due date for submission of all application materials
  • March 2016 – April 2018: Internal review and approval
  • April 13, 2018: New K12 Scholars announced
  • June 2016: Mandatory Scholar orientation
  • July 2, 2018: Scholar start date