CTSI releases Letter of Intent for KL2 research career development program

Published by CTSI on March 15, 2019

Allyson Hart, CTSI Scholar Allyson Hart, MD, MS, a former CTSI KL2 Scholar

CTSI is now accepting Letters of Intent for its three-year KL2 Scholars Career Development Program that aims to place junior investigators on the path to be competitive for NIH independent K- or R- awards, or other equivalent major peer-reviewed national research grants as a principal investigator.

The program, which enables protected time to conduct research and research career development, provides 75 percent salary support (up to $120,000 inclusive of fringe), $35,000 in research funds, and $2,000 travel funds per year for three years. CTSI funds years one and two and year three is funded by the Academic Health Center and the Medical School Dean’s office.

This cornerstone CTSI’s research career development program has previously graduated more than 20 University of Minnesota assistant professors, and 12 have already received additional NIH funding to continue their research.

Developing junior faculty researchers

Program participants have a multidisciplinary mentor team, including a primary senior accomplished mentor, a secondary mentor, and a biostatistician, representing different areas of expertise. Scholars have individualized educational and training plans and will participate in a weekly seminar series that includes Learning Health System, BIRCWH, CTSI Pre-K Discovery Scholars, and Individual K awardees.

The program, directed by Kelvin Lim, MD, develops the next generation of clinical and translational investigators through structured training with a mentored, multidisciplinary clinical research emphasis. The success of the program is judged by the number who go on to secure NIH independent K-awards and NIH R21 grants in the short term, and NIH R01, and R01 equivalent funding in the long term, for clinical and translational research.

Submitting an LOI

University of Minnesota assistant professors with salaried appointments and affiliated faculty at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Hennepin Health Care, Regions Hospital, and the Children’s Minnesota are invited to submit LOIs by Noon, April 4—the extended deadline announced March 26. Underrepresented in medicine applicants are strongly encouraged to apply and are welcome to seek assistance with their application.

Invitations to select investigators to complete full applications will be sent by April 8, full applications are due May 29, and the award is planned to start September 1.

If you have questions, connect with CTSI’s Research Education, Training, and Career Development Assistant Core Director Michelle Lamere at mlamere@umn.edu.

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