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CTSI KL2 Scholar Program


The Miami Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) will sponsor three NCATS Mentored Translational Research Scholars Program Awards (KL2) for the fiscal years FY2021-2022. Additional Institutional Career Development Scholar awards may be possible in collaboration with other UM Schools and Colleges, centers and institutes including Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Center for Aids Research, and others. The KL2 award supports the research career development of early stage investigators at the assistant professor level for two years. The support includes (1) 75% salary support up to the NIH Salary Cap; (2) $2,500 travel and training-related activities including applicable registration fees; (3) $30,000 for research expenses. Awardees will be required to devote 75% of their time to research (protected time). For complete details, refer to the RFA and Instructions.

Program Structure

  • Individualized research and career development plan;
  • Educational programs suited to the scholar, 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, community engagement, and biostatistics;
  • 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 the maximum thresholds stipulated for applicable expenses.


Includes (but not limited to) the following. Additional important eligibility criteria apply. For complete details, refer to the RFA and Instructions.

  • 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 in any health-related discipline and scientifically meritorious. The NCATS Translational Science Spectrum is described here

Important Dates

  • August 12, 2020 11:59 PM: Letters of Intent due
  • August 19, 2020: Invitation to Full Application
  • October 1, 2020, 11:59 PM: Full Application due
  • December 2, 2020: Notification of awards
  • February 1st, 2021: Beginning of the award period
    (contingent upon regulatory and NCATS approval)

How to Apply

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

The structured LOI will be used to verify applicants’ eligibility and to assess the potential feasibility and scientific merit of the proposed research. Access the LOI submission form here.


RFA – KL2 FY2021
Instructions – KL2 FY2021

Program Manager

Patricia Avissar
Research Navigator
Director, Research Support
Phone: 305-243-5085


Gwendolyn B. Scott, M.D.
Multi-PI & Co-Director

Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D.
Multi-PI & Co-Director

Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D.

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