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2020 KL2 Career Development Award RFA

Deadline Date: 
5PM on January 29, 2020

Funding Period: Up to 2 years

Up to $80,000 per year salary

Plus up to $8,000 per year for research related expenses

 Year 1 Funding Dates: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

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; basic research proposals will not be funded. Pre-clinical studies should have near-term potential to translate into patient-oriented research. Research priority areas include precision medicine, 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.

KL2 Scholars pursue research training at 75% time and effort (50% for surgeons and other specific clinical specialties). Appointments are normally made for 12 months (no less than 9 months), up to 2 years based on positive bi-annual evaluation of scholarly progress. Scholars receive:

  • Salary support at the NIH approved level
  • Funding for supplies and research support
  • Funding for travel to present at national conferences and symposia
  • Access to support services that facilitate conducting C/T research
  • Multi-level mentoring support
  • Clinical and translational research support
  • 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.

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Professional Degrees

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 required to complete a total of 10 credits during their appointment. K scholars are encouraged to enroll in the Advanced Certificate and/or Master’s Degree in C/T Investigation.

Upon completion of the KL2 program, the following are required:

  • Completion, within the last four years, of human subjects protection training such as the Responsible Conduct of Research training course
  • A first author scientific article submitted to a high-quality scientific journal
  • A clinical & translational grant proposal submitted to a federal (e.g. K award, R award, or other NIH award) or other funding agency requiring peer-review with the scholar named as Principal Investigator
  • Abstract submission and poster presentation of the supported research project at the annual Translational Science National Conference
  • Presentation of CTSC KL2 research at a regional national, or international scientific conference.
  • Presentation of CTSC KL2 research at a Research-in-Progress networking lunch

Questions? See CTSC FAQs, or email 

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