K12 Mentored Career Development Award

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute K12 (formerly KL2) offered through Wake Forest University School of Medicine provides two years of support for early-career faculty involved in translational research to expand their skills and competencies under the guidance of skilled multi-disciplinary mentoring teams, within the context of a learning healthcare system and rapidly evolving academic research environment. 

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) is the funding agency within the NIH behind the KL2 award, which is awarded as part of a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). The KL2 has been replaced by a K12 funding mechanism. While the name of the funding mechanism has changed, the overarching purpose and structure of the program remain the same.

K12 Support Details

CTSI K12 Research Scholars will receive 75% salary support for at least 2 years, up to $25,000/year to support educational and research needs, an Individual Development Plan, and a multi-disciplinary mentoring team. K12 Scholars must commit a minimum of 75% of full-time professional effort to their research and educational program for at least two years. K12 Scholars in surgical specialties may have less than 75% of full-time professional effort, but not less than 50%, protected time for this program, if sufficiently justified and programmatically approved.

Scholars will become members of the CTSI Translational Research Academy and actively and regularly 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, a study coordinator pool, and Research Navigators.

The CTSI has funded 25 KL2/K12 Research Scholars. See the list of awardees.

Award Period

 Funded KL2 Research Scholars

 2024-2026  3
 2023-2025  3
 2022-2024  3
 2021-2023  3
 2020-2022  3
 2019-2021  2
 2018-2020  4
 2017-2019  1
 2016-2018  3


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