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KL2 Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Q: Is the KL2 program a two-year award?
A: The KL2 program is a two-year award with the possibility of institutional funding for a third year. Each year of funding is contingent upon satisfactory progress and submission of required progress reports.

Q: What does the 75% protected time for KL2 consist of?
A: This protected time is dedicated for the practice of multidisciplinary clinical and translational research, career development training events, and important mentoring activities.

Q: May I negotiate to devote less than 75% effort to the KL2?
A: Only certain surgical specialties may request approval for less than 75% (but no less than 50%) protected time for this program. Justification will require documentation that more than a 25% clinical commitment is required in order to avoid loss of competence or credentialing in specified clinical skills. Any applicant who is interested in applying while committing less than 75% effort for the academic aspects of the project should discuss their interests with KL2 program leadership prior to applying.

Q: How can I use the 25% effort not supported by the KL2 award?
A: Each scholar’s non-supported effort must be devoted to activities related to the development of a successful clinical and translational research career. Typically, these activities include clinical, administrative, and/or teaching efforts.

Q: Is anything specific expected of me at the end of my KL2 award time?
A: Every KL2 awardee will be expected to transition to a meritorious NIH/AHRQ career development award (i.e., K23, K08) by the end of their KL2 award. Alternatively, the exceptionally well-prepared KL2 scholar may apply directly for R-type funding without additional career development funding.

Q: Will any funding be provided to potential mentors through this award?
A: No.

Applicant Eligibility

Q: Can I apply for a CTSI-CN KL2 award if I'm also applying for other mentored career develpment awards (i.e., K08 or K23)?
A: NIH policy prohibits applicants from having two career development award applications (i.e., KL2 and K23 or K08) under simultaneous review. If you wish to apply for the KL2 award but have already submitted another K-award application, you must formally withdraw your other application before submitting your KL2 application.

Q: At what stage in their careers should prospective KL2 scholars be?
A: The KL2 award is designed for researchers who are early in their professional careers. It is not meant to serve as support for applicants already established in their field, nor is it meant to aid in a career change. Individuals who have achieved the rank of associate professor are not eligible.

Q: I do not have a faculty appointment yet. Am I still eligible for the award?
A: A faculty appointment is required. If your faculty application is “in process”, please make sure this is stated in the letter of support from your department chair or division Chief.

Q: I am a principal investigator of industry grants; am I eligible for the KL2?
A: Yes. This is allowed as long as your paid effort is outside of the 75% KL2-supported effort.

Q: Could my lead mentor or co-mentor also be the department or division head?
A: Yes. All mentors listed in an application should have a record of funded research and successful mentoring.

Program Requirements

Q: I already have a MPH. Do I still need to complete a Master’s in Clinical and Translational Research?
A: No, though you will be required to enroll in the Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research program, which addresses additional competencies and skills in Clinical and Translational Research that you will need.

Q: What are the durations of the graduate programs in Clinical and Translational Research?
A: 2 years (6 consecutive semesters including summers) for the Master’s (MSHS) degree and 1 ½ years (4 consecutive semesters including one summer) for the Certificate.

Q: What is the curriculum of the Graduate Program in Clinical and Translational Research?
A: For program information for both the MSHS degree and certificate programs, please visit the GW CTR program website.

Q: What the cost of the Master’s program for KL2 awardees?
A: The Master’s program is offered through The George Washington University and tuition costs will be covered by the GW faculty tuition benefit program and the CTSI-CN for KL2 awardees.

Other Funding

Q: Can a KL2 scholar accept a small grant award?
A: Yes. KL2 scholars may be named PIs on a competing NIH research grant application (R01, R03, R15, R21, R34, or equivalent application from another federal agency) or a sub-project director on a competing multi-component research or center grant or cooperative agreement application (P01, P50, U01, etc. or an equivalent application from another federal agency). However, the effort requirement of the KL2 award applies.

Q: Can I work on several research projects under my 75% protected time?
A: Yes. However, these research projects should all be aligned with your overall research theme, objectives, and specific aims.