KL2 Career Development

The CTSI KL2 Mentored Career Development Award provides two years of support for early-career faculty from Wake Forest School of Medicine involved in translational research to expand their skills and competencies under the guidance of an experienced, multi-disciplinary mentoring team, within the context of a learning healthcare system and rapidly evolving academic research environment.


CTSI KL2 Research Scholars will receive:


  • 75% salary support for two years,
  • up to $35,000/year to support educational and research needs, 
  • an Individual Development Plan, and 
  • a multi-disciplinary mentoring team. 


KL2 scholars engaged in procedurally intensive clinical work are allowed to devote less than 75% effort, but not less than 50% effort, to the KL2 program Scholars will become members of the CTSI Translational Research Academy and actively participate in its ongoing and diverse educational, networking, and mentoring opportunities. Scholars will receive priority access to other CTSI resources including biostatistical and research design support, study coordinator support, and Research Navigators.


Download 2021-2023 KL2 RFA (RFA CLOSED)

The start date for the 2021-2023 KL2 program is July 1, 2021.



KL2 RFA 2019




The CTSI funded three KL2 Research Scholars in 2016-2018, one in 2017-2019, four in 2018-2020, two in 2019-2021, and three in 2020-2022 (see the awardees).

We expect to fund two KL2 Research Scholars in 2021.