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KL2 (K12) Research Scholar Awards

Frequently Asked Questions


Are there limitations to the $25,000/year that your department is donating to the award? For example, may you use this to supplement your salary?

The $25,000 should be used for support to the research proposal, and may include such items as PRA salary, subject incentives, supplies, and small equipment. It should not be used in support of the awardee’s salary. The $11,000 in support provided by the CCTSI may be used for research supplies, project support, tuition and fees for advanced coursework, or salary support. In addition, $2,000 yearly is provided for travel support. The use/need for all funds should be justified in the budget.

How many awards are available?

The KL2 program has funds to support 7 scholars concurrently. Two of these awards are specifically supported by Children’s Hospital Colorado, and are therefore earmarked for applicants with appointments at Children’s. Due to the rolling nature of KL2 scholars receiving subsequent independent funding, the number of awards available for past RFAs has varied from 5 to 7.

How do you site the CCTSI grant?

Please refer to the How to Site our CCTSI Grant for all publications, patents, or other tangible outcomes from this project during and after project completion.

What happens after you have completed your submission online?

After we receive your completed application, it will be assigned to at least 2 local reviewers for evaluation who will have varying degrees of expertise in your research subject matter. All reviewers will convene for an NIH-style study section to discuss and numerically rank the proposals. Applicants and mentors of the top 10-20% ranked proposals will be invited for a brief interview with the KL2 leadership in mid-November. The main focus of the interview is to ensure that career development expectations are aligned between the applicant, his/her mentors, and the KL2 program’s leadership.

You recently submitted a K proposal to the NIH. Are you eligible to apply for the KL2 award?

As mentioned above, the NIH does not allow one proposal to be simultaneously reviewed by two NIH study sections. The NIH considers the KL2 study section to be equivalent to an NIH study section. Therefore you may not apply for the KL2 program if you have the same proposal current under review at an NIH study section.

  • If you currently have a K application under review, you may submit a KL2 application due to the fact that we will be reviewing the applications in November after NIH study sections have met. However, please advise the KL2 review committee of your pending external K review at the time of your KL2 application.
  • If you have previously applied for a K award, but received a non-fundable score, you are eligible to apply for the KL2. However, you may not submit a revised application (e.g. A1 application) for your original K proposal until the KL2 review process is complete.
  • If you have submitted or will submit a K award to the NIH for the November cycle, you will not be eligible to apply for the KL2 program at the present time.

Does the KL2 award include indirect costs? Fringe benefits?

The KL2 award does not include indirect (F and A) costs. However, fringe benefits are provided via the award based on the employee level/type of the applicant, so the absolute amount is likely to vary between applicants.

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