KL2 Mentored Career Development Program

Students in classThe KL2 Mentored Career Development program provides 2 years of support for new investigators interested in a career in clinical or translational research. The program is designed to support the career development of those who wish to pursue research careers in multidisciplinary clinical and translational science.

Program Requirements

KL2 scholars must:

  • define and participate in a clinical or translational research project;
  • identify a multidisciplinary mentorial team with extensive clinical or translational research experience where one of the members is willing to serve as the primary mentor;
  • commit to a two year program; and
  • devote at least 75 percent of their full-time professional effort to the program (note: scholars in certain clinical specialties may commit less than 75 percent effort -- but no less than 50 percent effort -- if sufficiently justified by the need to maintain critical clinical skills). 


Applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Must possess a doctoral-level degree in a health discipline that can be applied to clinical or translational research.  These degrees include, but are not limited to MD, DO, DMD, DDS, DPH, PharmD, as well as PhDs in clinically relevant fields, such as biostatistics, epidemiology, behavioral science, or nursing. 
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.  Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
  • Must be a fellow or junior faculty committed to an academic career in clinical and translational research.  Preference will be given to applicants early in their training/career.
  • May not simultaneously submit or have pending an application for any other PHS mentored career development award (e.g., K07, K08, K22 or K23) that duplicates any of the provisions of the KL2 program.
  • May not have received substantial prior research support as Principal Investigator of R01, R21, Center or Mentored Career Development (K) grants, or as project leader on sub-projects of program projects (P01) or center grants (P50), or equivalent non-PHS peer reviewed research grant over $100,000 per year in direct costs.  Scholars may have had support on a NRSA grant (F or T) or NIH small research grant (R03).

Selection Process

Applicants will electronically submit a six-page application and other supporting information. A subset of applicants will be invited to present their proposals to a group of reviewers chosen from Medical Center faculty. Awardees will be chosen by the review group on the basis of the candidate’s training environment, career development plans and project proposal.

The CTSI will solicit applications from interested fellows and faculty once each program year. If you have additional questions about the program please contact Katie Libby at Katherine_Libby@urmc.rochester.edu.

Request for Applications

The application process is now closed. Click here for the 2014 KL2 RFA.

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