KL2 program


VCU has funding for Center for Clinical and Translational Research KL2 (formerly known as K12) scholar positions that provide substantial salary support and $25,000 in start-up funds for faculty-level clinical and translational scientists near the beginning of their investigative careers.

These positions receive up to $75,000 per year to be used for the scholar’s salary plus fringe benefits. CCTR KL2 scholars are typically enrolled in one of the educational platform programs (M.S. or Ph.D./PBSG Ph.D. track).

Typically, CCTR KL2 scholars are initially appointed for two years as a scholar works toward receiving his/her own independent mentored career development award (e.g., NIH K08 or K23) or independent NIH operating grant (e.g., R01).

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KL2 scholar positions will be open to candidates (U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or permanent residents) who:

  • Hold a faculty appointment within an academic unit of VCU by the date of the initial application submission deadline (appointment should not be dependant on the KL2 award)

  • Have obtained a terminal degree

  • Have completed relevant postgraduate training

  • Will not have served as the principal investigator for an R01, R29 or subproject (P01, P50, P60 or U54)

  • Will not have a pending career development (K-series) award that duplicates the CCTR KL2 program

Department chairs of each applicant must commit to at least 75 percent release time for research and research career development and must provide appropriate space and departmental resources for the scholar’s proposed research along with departmental support for the scholar to work in labs and clinics outside the home department.

To apply

Applicants must submit to the Education Advisory Committee:

  • A curriculum vita

  • University/college transcripts

  • NIH biosketch

  • Letters of reference from three individuals who are personally familiar with the applicant’s training, accomplishments and potential for success as an independent investigator

Furthermore, applicants will be asked to submit a list of potential mentors and a statement of intent. In 400 words or fewer, the applicant should summarize a research question or questions and career goals expressing their perception of multidisciplinary clinical and translational research, what they bring to the clinical and translational research program at VCU and why the CCTR KL2 program is appropriate at this point in their career. Applicants may address topics specific to their career focus.

Applicants will be accepted up through five months before the anticipated start date of funding.

Please direct any questions to:
Teraya Donaldson, Ph.D.
Assistant director of education programs
Phone: (804) 828-6671
Email: tmdonaldson@vcu.edu