2024 Career Development KL2 Scholar Award

Deadline Date: 
5PM on January 31, 2024

Up to $105,000 per year

includes salary support and up to $25,000 per year for research related expenses

Year 1 Funding Dates: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025

Appointments are for up to 3 years and based on positive annual evaluation of trainee progress

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; Purely 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% minimum for surgeons). Appointments are normally made for 12 months (no less than 9 months), up to 3 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
  • Clinical and translational research support
  • Professional skills and career development training

PDF icon Click Here to View 2024 KL2 Application Instructions and Eligibility Criteria


Professional Degree Trainees

KL2 awardees who hold a professional degree (MD, DOs, DMD, DNP, DVM, or DPT) are required to complete the Advanced Certificate (if funded for 1 year) or the Master’s in C/T Investigation program (if funded for 2-3 years). 

PhD Trainees

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 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, RO1, R21, other NIH award) or other funding agency requiring peer-review with the trainee named as Principal Investigator.
  • Abstract submission and presentation of CTSC KL2 research at the annual Translational Science National Conference
  • Presentation of CTSC KL2 research at a local, national or international scientific conference
  • Presentation of CTSC KL2 research at a Research-in-Progress forum

Questions? See CTSC FAQs, or email CTSC-education@med.cornell.edu 

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