Funding Support

studentsProvides 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, the CO-Mentor program  (with one of their mentors) and the national CTSA consortium meeting.

These awards are issued approximately every three years. An RFA will be issued when applications can be received. 

The CCTSI filled three KL2 positions during 2018, one of which was child health-focused.  

  • Provides 75% salary support (up to $93,750 maximum), along with associated fringe benefits, for up to three years (50% or greater for department of surgery). The applicant's department will be required to provide $25,000 per year in matching funds for accepted scholars.
  • $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  

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


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 One 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.