KL2 Training Program


Applicants must have a terminal medical degree (e.g. MD, DDS, Pharm D) or a Ph.D. or Psy.D, etc. Individuals from a variety of disciplines, for example biostatisticians, epidemiologists, behavioral scientists and nurses with doctoral degrees, are encouraged to apply. All applicants must have evidence of strong academic achievement and scholarship, as well as personal attributes such as high motivation and leadership potential. Further, applicants must be US citizens, non-citizen nationals, or lawfully admitted for permanent residence; and able to commit 75% of full-time professional effort to this Career Development Program and its related research activities.

The award is intended for individuals at a relatively early stage of training (e.g. just after the PhD degree, during, or immediately following a clinical fellowship, or within the first year or two of an initial faculty appointment). The award is intended to stimulate development of multidisciplinary research, therefore competitive applications must explain how the applicant's research development will benefit from a multidisciplinary approach.

Per NIH rules, KL2 scholars may not simultaneously submit or have pending an application for any other PHS mentored career development award (e.g., K07, K08, K22, K23), that duplicates any of the provisions of the KL2 program. Former or current principal investigators on any NIH research project grant (this does not include NIH Small Grants (R03) or Exploratory/ Developmental (R21) grants or their equivalents) or equivalent non-PHS peer reviewed research grants that are over $100,000 direct costs per year, or project leaders on sub-projects of program project (P01) or center grants (P50) are NOT eligible to participate as KL2 scholars.