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K SCHOLARS CAREER DEVELOPMENT AWARD PROGRAM

K SCHOLARS CAREER DEVELOPMENT AWARD PROGRAM

Funded by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA), The CCTST K Scholars Program is an institutional K award program that is focused on training the next generation of diverse, multidisciplinary clinical and translational scientists under the mission of the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

 

Focused on early career MD or PhD faculty, the K Scholars Program serves as a mentored training step leading to NIH career development grants such as K01s, K08s, and K23s; R01 awards; or their equivalents.

In order to expand the reach of the program, in addition to the KL2 Scholars selected, up to two applicants to the program each year are selected to be CT2 Scholars for whom programming is similar, yet funding source differs. Together, the KL2 Scholars and CT2 Scholars are called K Scholars.

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SCHOLAR SUCCESSES

100% of K Scholar graduates are conducting clinical & translational research

1327 manuscripts generated

67% of graduates have served as PI of a federal K or R level grant

Key aspects of the program include:

  • 75% salary support (up to 102,200/year) and $26,700 in research support for two consecutive years for a mentored research project (please note that funding for 2025 will be contingent upon successful renewal of the CCTST award, which was submitted in January 2024 and is currently pending council review)

  • Tailored and experiential learning opportunities (e.g. Implementation science, community-engaged research methods, team science)

  • K Scholar meetings that include program alumni and cross-institutional faculty

  • Opportunities for networking and disseminating your work at a national level via ACTS meeting and scholars at other CTSA hubs

 

With this program, K Scholars will develop skills towards sustainable and impactful research careers in translational science aimed at improving health outcomes for all people and communities.

During the award period, Scholars are expected to pursue their own K or similar individual career development awards, or R grants. The applicant’s home division or department must guarantee a 3rd year of 75% protected time in the event that the Scholar has applied for but not yet received independent research grant support by the end of the 2nd year of K Scholar support. Scholars have an opportunity for externships with outside organizations, such as a pharmaceutical company, clinical research organization, or another CTSA institution. Current and recent Scholars are listed below. 

K Scholars must identify a primary mentor who is either currently approved (see approved list below) or requests to be approved by the K Scholars program and meets the mentor requirements outlined in the RFA. A minimum of two research faculty members and a faculty member with a clinical background must be included in the mentoring team. To ensure that all Scholars have, or develop, competency in key areas of translational research, Scholars are required to complete a series of courses either prior to or during their award period. Scholars have an opportunity for externships with outside organizations, such as a pharmaceutical company, clinical research organization, or another CTSA institution.

The video above provides an overview of the K Scholars Program, as well as testimonies from K Scholar Graduates.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Important Dates
  • Letters of Intent Due: July 15 - August 16, 2024 by Midnight

  • Notification of Invitation to Apply: Week of September 9, 2024

  • Invited Applications Due: November 15, 2024 by Midnight

  • Finalist Interviews: Week of January 6, 2025

  • Notification of Funding: Week of January 13, 2025

  • Funding: April 1, 2025 - March 31, 2027 
    (contingent on successful renewal of the CCTST award)

Application Q&A Sessions

Application Details

Eligibility

Applicants must have a full-time faculty appointment at the rank of instructor or assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, or the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center at the upon notification of this award (January); the position cannot be contingent on obtaining the award. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or non-citizen national, or have documented permanent resident status. Additional restrictions apply; see RFA for eligibility guidelines.

Members of underrepresented racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups and candidates with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Funding Acknowledgement for Publications

All publications resulting from the use of CCTST resources or from K Scholars Program support are required to credit the relevant grants by using the text below.

  • For CT2 Scholars: The project described was institutionally supported and in part by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, under Award Number UL1TR001425. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

  • For KL2 Scholars: The project described was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, under Award Number KL2TR001426. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

 

How to list the K Scholar Program on CV & Biosketch

CT2 Scholars
Clinical Translational Scholar, CCTST K Scholars Program supported in part by the UL1TR001425 & institutional cost share
[title of your project]
[date & year started in program to end]

KL2 Scholars
KL2 Scholar, CCTST K Scholars Program KL2TR001426
[title of your project]
[date & year started in program to end]

K CLUB

Any faculty member at University of Cincinnati (UC) or Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) with an institutional or external career development award, or who is planning to apply for a career development award, is invited to join the K Club, which is supported through the CCTST K Scholars Program.

K Club is a cross-institutional collaborative forum focused on early career faculty and research career development.

Examples of presented topics include: manuscript writing, leading teams and effective meetings, community-engaged research, data visualization, and successful transition from K to R01. 

If you are interested in joining the K Club, contact Krista Metz and she will add you to the email list so you can learn about future meetings.

Click here to view the upcoming schedule of K Club and to learn more. 

CURRENT SCHOLARS

SCHOLAR GRADUATES

Click on the images below to see what the Scholars are up to now.

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Ishita Basu, PhD
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Neurosurgery

Completed KL2 Program in 2024
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