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Training Programs

KL2 SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The KL2 Mentored Career Development Award is specifically designed to foster the development of junior investigators interested in conducting groundbreaking clinical and translational research. Frontiers is wholly committed to attracting and welcoming diverse, early stage researchers to its institutions.

Benefits of the KL2 program:

  • Salary support for up to 75% protected time dedicated to clinical and translational research
  • Two years of training and support
  • Intensive mentored research experience
  • Formal training in clinical and translational research
  • $25,000 in research funds (e.g. project supplies, publication costs, consultant services, etc.) per year and additional travel funds

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TL1 TRAINEE PROGRAM

Pre- and postdoctoral 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 TL1 award is specifically designed to provide trainees with the skills, confidence, motivation and enhanced career trajectory to move to the next stage of their translational research career. All trainees are encouraged to participate in Frontiers Scholars Club and obtain the Masters of Clinical Science (MS-CR) degree if it fits their individual career goals. Trainees receive a stipend and funds for project support and travel.

Summer 2021 Appointment - Application Open

Applications are currently being accepted for the Summer 2021 Appointment, which has an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021. Frontiers is wholly committed to attracting and welcoming diverse early stage researchers to its institutions. Underrepresented minorities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Key Dates:

  • Applications are due Wednesday, December 16, 2020
  • Notification of awards will be sent out by Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Frontiers TL1 Predoctoral Clinical and Translational Research Training Program

The predoctoral track is a 1-year award specifically designed to stimulate interest in clinical research careers for MD, DO, DNP, PharmD, DPT and DDS students within the final two years of their clinical doctoral degree, by creating a dual-degree training track designed to foster active learning
and clinical and translational science career development.

Summer 2021 Frontiers TL1 Predoctoral Clinical and Translational Research Training Program RFA [PDF]

Benefits of the TL1 Predoctoral program:

  • One year of training and support
  • Tuition remission for MS-Clinical Research coursework
  • Monthly NIH NRSA Predoctoral trainee stipend
  • Intensive mentored research experience with formal training in clinical and translational research skills
  • Up to $4,200 in research funds (e.g. project supplies, publication costs, consultant services, etc.) per year and additional travel support to the National Association for Clinical and Translational conference and other conferences

Frontiers TL1 Prostdoctoral Clinical and Translational Research Training Program

The postdoctoral track is a 1 or 2-year option for clinical scientists and is designed to help clinicians procure productive faculty research positions.

Summer 2021 Frontiers TL1 Postdoctoral Clinical and Translational Research Training Program RFA [PDF]

Benefits of the TL1 Prostdoctoral program:

  • One year of training and support; An additional year of training is contingent upon trainee progress and funding availability
  • Intensive mentored research experience with formal training in clinical and translational research skills
  • Monthly NIH NRSA Postdoctoral level-appropriate trainee stipend
  • Tuition remission for MS-Clinical Research coursework
  • Up to $10,850 in research funds (e.g. project supplies, publication costs, consultant services, etc.) per year and additional travel support to the National Association for Clinical and Translationalconference and other conferences

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Scholar Success

Historically, the TL1 and KL2 programs have elevated the research careers of our graduates. Below are some recent highlights:

  • 58% of our KL2 program graduates currently have independent funding via the NIH

  • In 2019, a collaboration between a TL1 and KL2 scholar resulted in a successfully funded pilot award, highlighting the productive, supportive and collaborative working environment of our integrated programs

  • A 2014 KL2 graduate continues using his work done under the KL2 award, most recently leveraging the data to procure an R21

  • In 2019, a TL1 trainee was honored with the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award at the Association of Clinical and Translational Science national conference as a result of her innovative work on her TL1 research project

  • A 2017 KL2 graduate procured a P20 Core Grant along with serving as a co-PI on an R01 in 2018

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For questions about the KL2 Scholars and TL1 Trainee Programs contact Amy Smith at asmith63@kumc.edu or 913-588-3030.

Last modified: Sep 21, 2020
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