Up to $80,000 per year
Plus up to $9,000 per year for research related expenses
Up to 2 years funding period
The goal of the CTSC KL2 Career Development Award is to increase the pool of qualified clinical and translational (C/T) researchers trained to address the challenges of today's complex clinical care environment by providing rigorous training and mentoring to conduct translational team research across disciplines and institutions. KL2 projects must have a translational or clinical research focus. Pre-clinical studies should have near-term potential to translate into patient-oriented research.
Clinical Trials (phases I or II) are permitted. Research priority areas include drug discovery, targeted therapeutics, biomarker or device development and novel technologies; health needs of LGBTI and underserved populations and/or health outcomes in the community; pediatric and women's health studies; life course studies of disease; and studies incorporating biostatistical methodologies and design. Basic research proposals will not be funded.
KL2 Scholars pursue research training at 75% time and effort (50% for surgeons). Appointments are normally made for 12 months (no less than 9 months). Scholars receive:
- Salary support at the NIH approved level
- Funding for supplies and research support
- Funding for travel to present at conferences and symposia
- Access to support services that facilitate conducting C/T research
- Multi-level mentoring support
- Clinical and translational research training
- Professional skills and career development training
INVESTIGATORS FROM ALL DISCIPLINES –PRE-CLINICAL, CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL—ARE WELCOME TO APPLY. INDIVIDUALS FROM UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS, DISADVANTAGED BACKGROUNDS AND/OR WITH DISABILITIES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
EDUCATIONAL AND PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
KL2 awardees that hold a professional degree (MD, DOs, DMD, DNP, DVM, or DPT) are required to enroll in either the Advanced Certificate (if funded for 1 year) or the Master's in C/T Investigation program (if funded for 2 years).
KL2 awardees that are enrolled in, or currently hold doctoral-level research degrees (PhD) are eligible to enroll in the fast track program for the Advanced Certificate or Master's Degree in C/T Investigation.
Upon completion of the KL2 program, the following are required:
- A clinical & translational grant proposal submitted to a federal (e.g. K award, R award; or other NIH funding mechanism) or other funding agency requiring peer-review with the trainee as Principal Investigator.
- A scientific article, with first authorship, submitted to a high-quality scientific journal
- Abstract submission and poster presentation of the supported research project at the annual Translational Science National Conference
- Presentation of the project at a CTSC monthly seminar, annual research day symposium, grand rounds, or a national or international scientific conference.
- Presentation of the project at a Research-in-Progress networking lunch
- Human subjects protection training such as the Responsible Conduct of Research training course completed within the last four years