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Education and Training

To accelerate research it is essential to educate and train the researchers of today and tomorrow.

Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute (KU CTSI) plays a critical role in this process by offering comprehensive education and training programming in wide variety of settings and for the full spectrum of learners. While the primary focus of this core is providing education on how to conduct and advance translational research, additional training in entrepreneurship, implementation and dissemination research, engaging with diverse participants and communities, informatics and participant recruitment is also available to trainees, scholars, faculty and collaborators. One Frontiers Navigator supports the KL2 and TL1 programing, and another Navigator supports Frontiers training programming.

Provides training and mentoring:

  • Team-based research
  • Educational programming
  • Best practices in engaged research

Offers competency- based educational programs:

  • Masters in Clinical Research
  • Frontiers Scholars Club
  • Junior scientists
  • Pre- & post-doctoral scholars

KL2 Scholars Program

The KL2 Scholars Program selects and supports a diverse and talented group of junior scientists. The objective of the program is to provide protected time for these learners to master the clinical and translational research skills essential to promote their path to researcher independence. Scholars are encouraged to work closely with mentors on an interdisciplinary team and to engage with local content experts who can help Scholars connect with other researchers. KL2 Scholars also participate in the Frontiers Scholars Club that focuses specifically on career development during this transitional period.

TL1 Trainee Program

Pre- and post-doctoral students can be selected to participate in the TL1 trainee program which offers tailored and rigorous training in clinical and translational research as well as classroom education. The pre-doctoral track is a 1-year experience for clinical doctoral students and is designed to help clinical students start on the translational research pathway early in their training. The post-doctoral track is a 1 or 2-year option for clinical scientists and is designed to help clinicians procure productive faculty research positions. Both tracks are encouraged to participate in Masters of Clinical Science (MS-CR) coursework and obtain the MS-CR degree if it fits their individual career goals.

Skill Enhancement and Training for Research Faculty

All clinical and translational researchers require opportunities to improve their skills and learn new approaches. Frontiers is committed to offering relevant, timely and high value training reflecting all aspects of clinical and translational research. Programs offer training in topics such as best practices for engaged research, nationally vetted recruitment and retention methods, practice facilitation and other useful tools and techniques. Frontiers leverages the expertise among Frontiers partner institutions to offer special training in entrepreneurship and implementation research.

Research and Discovery Grand Rounds

As part of the required training for those involved with research at KU Medical Center, Research and Discovery Grand Rounds features topics relevant to conducting clinical and translational research and the responsible conduct of research. These timely topics vary throughout the year, and investigators can register to attend in person or via streaming over iTV.

Frontiers Scholars Club

Frontiers Scholars Club is a series of training seminars facilitated and led by senior researchers. The goal of each meeting is to build upon your growing skillsets and knowledge in the areas of:

      • Informatics
      • Mentorship
      • IRB Processes
      • Grant Writing
      • Manuscript Writing
      • Career Development
      • Etc.

Junior researchers at the predoctoral, postdoctoral or junior faculty level are all invited to attend. We welcome all disciplines and phases of research from all Frontiers-affiliated institutions.

Meetings currently take place virtually each month via Zoom. Please contact Tresza Hutcheson,, for more information and a calendar invitation.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The escalating costs of education are forcing some scientists to abandon research careers in favor of higher-paying private industry or private practice careers.

The LRPs counteract that financial pressure of escalating education costs by repaying up to $35,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. The LRPs represent an important investment by NIH in the future of health discovery and the wellbeing of the Nation.

How it works

  • Commit to perform research for two years

  • NIH repays up to $35,000/year of qualified educational debt and covers resulting Federal taxes

  • Outcome: increase in nation's stock of biomedical research scientists

Learn more about eligibility, application requirements and deadlines at

Last modified: Sep 22, 2021

Tresza Hutcheson
Training Navigator

Jaime Phalp
Education Navigator

Stacy Farr, Ph.D., MPH
Implementation Research Navigator