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CTSI KL2 Scholar Program

Translational Spectrum: T1 - T4 (Image by NCATS)


The Miami CTSI is sponsoring ONE new Mentored Translational Research Scholars Program Awards (KL2) for the fiscal year FY20-FY21. This program will support the research career development of early stage investigators at the assistant professor level for two years. The support will include yearly: (1) 75% salary support up to the NIH Salary Cap; (2) $2,500 for travel and training-related activities including applicable registration fees; (3) $30,000 for research expenses per 12 months. Awardees will be required to devote 75% of their time to research (protected time).

Program Structure

  • Individualized research and career development plan;
  • Educational programs suited to the mentee, including enrollment in and completion of an advanced degree in clinical research, should it be needed;
  • Experiential training with established faculty researchers as mentors;
  • Supportive resources that include access to CTSI experts in epidemiology, research design, regulatory support, ethics, biostatistics and community engagement;
  • Modest funds to cover research costs and/or expenses associated with tuition, training opportunities, and travel support for preceptorship in expert labs or to attend relevant scientific meetings (up to maximum amount stipulated for applicable expenses).


All eligibility criteria must be met at the time of submission of the proposal (October 30, 2019). Additional important eligibility criteria apply. Please refer to the RFA.

  • Be a U.S. citizen, a non-citizen national, or a legal permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Have a doctoral degree
  • Be, at the time of submission, a full-time UM Assistant Professor (tenure or non-tenure-track) within 6 years of your first faculty appointment.
  • Commit a minimum of 75% time to research and research training over the award period, and obtain the primary department commitment for 75% research protected time and necessary resources.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a career in clinical and/or translational research.
  • Identify a faculty mentor who is an experience investigator, with ongoing peer-reviewed, extramural research support.
  • Commit to apply for a K or R grant during the award period.
  • Proposed research must be translational in nature and scientifically meritorious. The NCATS Translational Science Spectrum is described here

Important Documents
Application Instructions
Individual Enhancement Plan

Important Dates

  • Q&A Session for KL2 applicants – August 30, 2019, 4-5:30 PM @ CTSI Headquarters, Soffer Bldg Suite 710
  • Letters of Intent due – September 18, 2019
  • Full Application (by invitation only) due – November 6, 2019 at Midnight
  • Notification of awards – December 18, 2019
  • Beginning of the award period – January 2020 (contingent upon regulatory and NCATS approvals)

How to Apply

The application process for the Miami CTSI KL2 awards is done in two steps: (1) a Letter of Intent (LOI) and (2) a Full Application (by invitation only). Both are submitted on-line.

  • Access the LOI submission form via REDCap HERE

Within a week from the LOI submission, selected candidates will receive an invitation to submit their full application. For more details on the contents of the LOI and full application, please refer to the instructions document.

New Requirement for Awardees

Awarded projects that involve Human Subjects or live vertebrate animals must obtain NCATS approval before the research can start. The process requires that all the regulatory approvals be in place, and may take 30 days or more. For more information, visit the NCATS website.


Questions regarding the KL2 Program should be emailed ahead of time to Drs. Gwendolyn B. Scott, M.D., Ph.D., Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., and Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D. with a copy to Patricia Avissar.

Questions related to the on-line application process should be directed to Patricia Avissar, or at 305-243-5085 during office hours, and before the deadline.

Previous Awards
CTSI KL2 Awardees

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