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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.

Letters of Intent for the 2022 KL2 Mentored Career Development Award are now being accepted.

2022 Frontiers KL2 Mentored Career Development Award RFA [PDF]

Benefits of the KL2 program:

  • Salary support for up to 75% protected time dedicated to clinical and translational research
  • Two years of training in a collaborative, supportive environment
  • Intensive mentored research experience
  • Formal training in clinical and translational research
  • Approximately $20,000 in research funds per year (e.g., project supplies, publication costs, travel)
  • Assistance toward securing independent funding by the end of Year 2

Key Dates:

  • Letters of Intent due: November 1, 2021
  • Full Applications due:  January 30, 2022

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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.

The 2022 TL1 Trainee Program applications have not yet been released. If you have questions, please contact Tresza Hutcheson at thutcheson@kumc.edu.

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.

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.

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 Tresza Hutcheson at thutcheson@kumc.edu.

Last modified: Sep 30, 2021
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