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KL2 (K12) Research Scholar Awards

Provides up to three years of funding for clinical translational research and career development to train awardees to obtain individual funding. Awardees are expected to participate in monthly mentoring/career development sessions and the annual national CTSA consortium meeting.

These awards are issued approximately every three years. An RFA will be issued when applications can be received.
The CCTSI will be filling two child health-focused KL2 slots and two regular KL2 slots throughout late 2​​016/early 2017. 

Please refer to the How to Cite our CCTSI Grant for all publications, patents, or other tangible outcomes from KL2 projects.CurrCC​​


Funding Support

  • Provides 75% salary support, including associated fringe benefits, for up to three years  (50% or greater for department of surgery).
  • $6,000 yearly for research supplies & project support
  • $5,000 yearly for tuition and fees associated with advanced coursework
  • $2,000 yearly in travel support to attend the national Clinical and Translational Research & Education meeting in Washington, DC



Who is eligible?

  • MD, DO, PhD, DDS, DVM, DMD, and PharmDs at the time of application.
  • Must be US citizens or non-citizen nationals or hold some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.
  • Candidates must also have a faculty appointment (Assistant Professor, Sr. Instructor or Instructor level) at a CCTSI-affiliated institution at the time of the award.
  • Must be a CCTSI member.

Who is ineligible?

  • Research candidates who are, or have been, principal investigators on NIH individual mentored career awards (e.g. K01, K08, K22, K23), research projects (R01), FIRST Awards (R29), sub-projects of program projects (P01), center grants (P50), or the equivalent are ineligible.
  • An individual who is applying for another NIH K award, has a K award proposal under review or has not received a "fundable" score cannot apply for this KL2 award. The NIH considers the CCTSI KL2 review committee as a study section, therefore an individual cannot apply for a KL2 if the same grant has been submitted to the NIH as a K award. Please visit our "Frequently Asked Questions" page for additional information.

Application Instructions


Please create one PDF document for uploading into the online application. Required sections should be in the order listed below. Use Arial 11 pt font or larger. Single spaced paragraphs. Page margins no less than 0.5 inches on all four sides.


1. Face Page: KL2 Program Face Page Template


2. Current NIH Biosketch (Please include: positions & employment, awards & honors, publications including abstracts, and ongoing research support)


3. Biosketches from each mentor


4. Letters of Support from TWO mentors (can be one letter signed by both mentors) AND letter of support from division chief or department chair stating 75% of the applicant's full professional effort will be protected for research (50% for applicants from the department of surgery) AND the division/department will provide $25,000 per year to support research costs.


5. Scientific Proposal (10 pages total) including:

  • Prior research experience (≈1 page)
  • Career development plan (≈2 pages) outlining how mentors, relevant coursework, etc. will positively impact the candidate's career. Details regarding expertise of the applicant’s mentors in mentoring, their commitment of time for mentoring the applicant, and feasibility to participate in additional CCTSI sponsored mentor training should be included (see "Mentoring" section).
  • Research plan (≈7 pages) that pays close attention to study design issues, statistical methods and feasibility. The plan should clearly delineate how the work proposed is clinical and/or translational, and how it will specifically impact human health.
    **Preliminary data is NOT required
  • Human subjects section (NOT counted in 10 page limit). Learn more about the protection of human subjects.
  • References (NOT counted in 10 page limit)
  • Additional letters of support (OPTIONAL, up to three)

6. Budget (NOT counted in 10 page limit). Please include dollar amounts and brief justification for:

  • salary and fringe of applicant (based on job position)
  • supplies, travel, patient care costs, tuition, other expenses related to project
  • This can be limited to one page.

How to Apply

Submit Application
  • Submit the application online, attach a PDF of your materials.
  • The application attachment is a single PDF document that is comprised of a Face Page, Biosketches, Letters of Support, Scientific Proposal, and Budget.
  • Due Friday, September 2, 2016.



Applicants are required to identify TWO active mentors, physically located at a CCTSI-affiliated institution. Mentors of KL2 scholars are expected to be very involved in the scholar’s research and career development. More specifically, the scholar and one of their mentors will be expected to participate in the CO-Mentor Program, and both of the mentors will be expected to participate in the LITeS Program


Possible mentoring models for this award are listed below; however, other models may be also acceptable.

  • Clinical/Methodological Mentors: Many scholars require co-mentors with differing skills and areas of expertise. For example, a translational project may require one epidemiological mentor who is adept in study design while the second mentor has expertise in the processing and analysis of samples obtained from human subjects. This model encourages collaborative efforts between senior clinical and translational investigators and the mentee.
  • Senior/Junior Mentors: In this model, one mentor provides extensive experience in the scholar’s research area of interest while the second, junior mentor, is a mid-level investigator with independent funding and less research experience. In this model, the junior investigator provides for the daily operational mentoring of the scholar, while the senior mentor may advise the mentee on both big picture research goals and career development. This system allows a scholar to gain the expertise and insight of two mentors at different stages in their careers.

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