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CTSI KL2 Scholar Program

Translational Spectrum: T1 - T4 (Image by NCATS)


The Miami CTSI Mentored Translational Research Scholars Program Awards (KL2) supports the research career development of early stage investigators at the assistant professor level for two years. The support includes (1) salary support up to the NIH Salary Cap; (2) travel and training-related activities including applicable registration fees; (3) limited amount of research expenses. 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).


Includes (but not limited to) the following. Additional important eligibility criteria apply.

  • 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

Program Manager

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


Gwendolyn B. Scott, M.D., Ph.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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