Funding Opportunity

The overall goal of the training program is to foster translational research on clinically relevant questions enabling basic science findings to be more rapidly applied to clinical problems. The program length is one or two years based on available funding.

Applications are now being accepted for the following funding opportunity announcement (FOA):

CCTS KL2 Mentored Career Development Scholar Award

The Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) invites all Deans, Department Chairs, and Division Chiefs and Utah CCTS partners to identify potential junior faculty member candidates performing clinical or translational (T1-T4) research to submit an application for consideration for to the CCTS KL2 Scholars Program. Early stage investigators with faculty appointments at CCTS partner institution, which includes the University of Utah, Intermountain Healthcare, Utah Department of Health, and Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System and who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors in clinical or translational research in order to advance health are eligible to apply. Colleges, schools, and institutions are encouraged to nominate their strongest candidate(s). We encourage candidate applications from individuals from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis; women, and individuals with disabilities; and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (see link).

The KL2 program offers 24 months (2 years) of support for mentored research and career development for junior faculty investigators engaged in clinical or translational research aimed to advance health. The program is tailored to the research and career development needs of each scholar and offers opportunities for didactic education, mentored research, interdisciplinary works-in-progress seminars, and team-building experiences.

Contingent upon continued NCATS CTSA funding, the CCTS KL2 Scholar award will provide awardee $112,500 per year, which is used to support: 1) salary and fringe benefits up to a total maximum of $97,500/year based on a fulltime, 12-month faculty appointment requiring candidate to devote a minimum of 75% FTE (9 person months) (for surgeons, 50% FTE – 6 person months) at the time of the KL2 award, and 2) other research related expenses up to a total minimum of $15,000 per year. Mandatory departmental/divisional matching support is required when 75% (50% for surgeons) of actual salary base or NIH Cap and benefits is greater than the salary and benefit total requested.

Scholars will receive $1,500 in travel funding to domestic professional meeting/conference per year.


To ensure competitiveness, it is recommended that applicants have completed the CCTS KL2 Eligibility Determination Form prior to consideration. At the time support begins, a candidate must hold a junior faculty position (e.g., instructor or assistant professor); have a doctoral level, health science related degree; and be within 5 years of completing his or her post-doctoral or clinical training. The applicant cannot have been the Principal Investigator or equivalent on a NIH research project grant (R01, R03, R21, U01, U10), a subproject of a program project (P01) or center grant (P50, U54), or equivalent Public Health Service (PHS) research grant awards or have been the recipient of an NIH institutional K award.

Scholar Requirements:

  1. Must commit to a minimum of 75% FTE (50% FTE for surgeons) for translational science focused research and training during the award period (02/01/18-01/31/20). Individuals may receive up to 2 years of CCTS KL2 support. The 2nd year of funds is contingent upon satisfactory review of progress reports and submission of applications for external funding.
  2. If research involves human subjects, human specimens, and/or human data evidence that an IRB application has been submitted prior to submission of the KL2 application is required. Scholars must provide either proof of IRB submission or approval within the KL2 application (see FOA).
  3. Must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or be able to provide legal proof of lawful admission for permanent residence. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
  4. Must demonstrate a strong interest in furthering the quality and scope of clinical and translational research.
  5. Must demonstrate a good relationship between planned training and short- and long-term career goals.
  6. Must indicate their commitment to interdisciplinary research and education.
  7. Submit applications for independent grant research support during the award period.
  8. KL2 applications must include a career development plan and a research plan for the 2-year award period.
  9. Submit an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and provide annual updates.
  10. Submit regular progress and financial status reports and a final report.

Mentor Requirements:

  1. Mentor(s) should be established investigators and acknowledged experts in their field who are preferably supported by NIH or other competitive award grants.
  2. Mentor(s) is expected to assist applicant with writing and approve his/her career development plan.
  3. Mentor(s) is expected to write a Letter of Support indicating his/her role with the scholar during the award period

Dean, Department Chair, and/or Division Chief Requirements:

The Dean, Department Chair, and/or Division Chief, or Utah CCTS partner is required to submit a Letter of Support assuring the following:  1) the college/department/division Utah CCTS partner will ensure that the CCTS KL2 Scholar has at least 75% FTE (50% FTE for surgeons) dedicated to research and career development during the 2-year award period and 2) the college/department/division agree to provide the required departmental matching support when the 75% FTE (50% FTE for surgeons) of actual salary base or NIH Cap and benefits is greater than the $97,500 award.

Review Criteria Summary:

  1. The likelihood that the applicant will obtain independent funding.
  2. The strength of the applicant’s career development and research plans.
  3. Primary mentor’s track record in supporting junior faculty members and research accomplishments.

*Please send eligible nominee(s) and his/her mentor(s) the attached CCTS KL2 Eligibility Determination Form, Funding Opportunity Announcement, Budget Instructions, and associated Budget Sheets.

The CCTS KL2 submission, review, and award notification process dates are as follows:

CCTS KL2 Award Cycle

Information coming soon.


All applications are to be submitted via Competition Space

Information coming soon.

Contact Us

Linda Galbreath
Manager, Grants and Contracts
Phone: 801-585-9675
Jennifer Zitterkoph
Manager, Grants and Contracts