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Funding FAQ


Are Columbia University and Rockefeller University included in the list of "CTSC Member Institutions?"

No, since they are not part of the Weill Cornell CTSA award consortium; they have their own separate NIH CTSA grants.

I am a PI/Co-PI/Co-Investigator on a currently active CTSC Funding Award but it will be over by 6/30/18. Can I submit and/or be included in an application for the current RFA?

Yes, because the new award would not start until 7/1/2017, at the earliest.

Can CTSC Funding Award funds be used for salary and fringe benefits?

Yes. Please see the guidelines in the RFA for costs that are NOT allowed.

I submitted a Funding Award in a previous application cycle but I did not receive an award. Can I re-submit the application?

Yes, but only if you have not already re-submitted it - each proposal is limited to one re-submission.

Do I have to use specific CTSC facilities if I receive a Funding Award?

No. Although use of CTSC facilities and/or cores by Funding Award-funded projects is desired and encouraged, it is not required.

CTSC KL2 and TL1 Award Program Funding

How do the KL2 Scholars Award and the TL1 Training Award Programs differ?

KL2 - The primary objective of the KL2 Scholars award program is to provide junior faculty, senior fellows, and residents and fellows in the Internal Medicine research pathway who have already earned a doctorate degree with protected time to pursue training and mentored research in Clinical and Translational Investigation.

TL1 - The primary aims of the TL1 Training Award is to expose pre- and early post-doctoral candidates to Clinical Translational research before their interests and paths are set, enabling them to move into Clinical Translational research early on in their careers. Provide 100% protected time to pursue training in Clinical and Translational Investigation.

Do I qualify for the CTSC KL2 Scholars Award or TL1 Training Award Programs?

The CTSC KL2 Scholars Award is open to senior fellows, residents and fellows in the Internal Medicine research pathway, PhDs, Junior faculty (instructor or assistant professor), Nurses who currently hold DSN, DPT, or PhD degrees, all candidates must be US citizens or Non-Citizen Nationals, or Permanent Resident. All candidates must have primary appointment at a CTSC partner institution and the ability to devote 75% effort (50% for surgeons) to the KL2 Scholar Award Program for up to 3 years. No Scholar may have two concurrent CTSC awards, no Scholar may be named PI on more than one active CTSC application. Individuals who were, or currently are a Principal Investigator in NIH R01, R29, P01, K01, K08, K22 and K23 grant are not eligible.

The CTSC TL1 Training Award students must have received a baccalaureate degree by the date of appointment. Medical students must obtain approval from the medical school dean. This program is also open to graduate students in a doctoral degree, nursing candidates for DSN or DNP and Dental (DDS) and Pharmacy (PharmD) students. Early post-docs are eligible as well, but must be no more than 4 years removed from terminal doctoral degree. Individual trainees may receive no more than 5 years of aggregate NRSA support at the pre-doctoral level.

What if I am unable to meet the effort requirement (75% for the KL2 Programs or 100% for the TL1 Program)?

KL2 Scholars must commit a minimum of 75% effort (50% for surgeons) to the KL2 Program and its related training and research activities consonant with the NCATS guidelines during the award period (

TL1 Trainees must commit full-time (100%) effort to the TL1 Program and its training and research activities consonant with the NRSA guidelines during the award period ( 

Can candidates applying for a CTSA KL2 Scholar appointment apply for additional mentored K awards (i.e., K08 or K23)?

The trans-NIH policy stipulates that KL2 candidates may not apply or have pending an application for a similar mentored K award (i.e., K23) simultaneously. However, appointed KL2 scholars supported through institutional KL2 awards may apply for K08, K23 support. If they are successful, they then move from one mechanism to the other.

Can I apply to for a KL2 award if I have submitted a K23 application but have not received a score or received a non-fundable score?

Both the KL2/K12 and K23 academic awards are geared for more junior candidates who are interested in developing academic and research expertise. This serves as a conflict for applicants wanting to apply to several K awards where the research training and didactic coursework are essentially the same. Therefore, someone who has submitted a K23 but has not received a score or summary statement may not submit a KL2 application that essentially duplicates the provisions and research proposal of the submitted K23 until the funding status of that K23 award is known. Even if the candidate receives a non-fundable score, there may still be a pending decision. There is still a possibility that the grant may receive a recommendation for high program priority by CTEP staff, and the grant may be funded. Therefore, the candidate must be certain that a grant is non-fundable (it would be optimal to have that statement in writing.) If the K23 is funded, then no KL2 application may be submitted, and if the K23 is not funded, then an identical KL2 application may be submitted (assuming no other identical K23 application has been resubmitted).

As a CTSC KL2 Scholar, can I receive concurrent sources of support?

The NIH has a specific policy on receiving concurrent support as a PI of an NIH R01 and a K Career Development Award in the last two years of a K, which can be reviewed here:

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