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KL2 Program

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The KL2 program, established in 2010, has uniquely focused on high quality career development in clinical and translational research, engaging a diverse pool of faculty mentors and mentees across a range of disciplines to approach science through a “disease-agnostic” translational lens. This dynamic and responsive program is unlike any other at VCU and is an integrated and synergistic component of the Wright Center and university-wide workforce development. There is a national need to increase the clinical and translational research workforce and to prepare them to deal with existing health care challenges as well as the challenges yet to come. VCU is fully committed to enhancing the workforce and to build research capacity to meet these needs. A key “need” in this process is to provide the investigators of tomorrow the skill-sets required to translate their research to have a meaningful impact on the health of the people. The KL2 program has been a promoter of such training and is the pinnacle program of a VCU-wide research capacity building workforce development plan from undergraduate to faculty and staff. The need for training in translational science, the demand for such training, and the availability of a rich environment at VCU to provide such training form the rationale for this KL2 program.

Time Line

Application Portal Open: August 20, 2018
Deadline for Applications: September 20, 2018
Interview of Selected Finalists: October 1-15, 2018
Selection of Scholars: October 20, 2018

Program Online

KL2 scholars are recruited from a robust and diverse pool of junior faculty within the translational workforce pipeline at VCU, which includes a number of feeder programs such as T-32 programs and the recently established Rising- and Emerging Scholar Programs. During the 3-year award, KL2 scholars have 75% protected time to pursue a mix of:

  • Required and elective course-work
  • Workshops (e.g. Community engaged research, Informatics, Team Science)
  • Innovative externships (eg. Penn State, NCATS-Eli Lilly, Regulatory Science)
  • Grant writing and review opportunities
  • Hands-on research including managing finances, presentations/publications and team-science designed to lead to research independence


Specific competencies, milestones and timelines to achieve these will be established, monitored, and facilitated by a that includes career and content mentorship to support development of skills needed to:

  • Establish and manage research teams
  • Identify funding sources
  • Write grant applications tailored to funding opportunity announcements
  • Maximize professional development

Minimum qualifications needed to apply

Full-time faculty position (current or offered for external candidates) in one of the schools or colleges at VCU or partnering institution and possession of a terminal degree.

  • Candidates with MD, DO, DDS, PharmD, or PhD at the Assistant Professor Rank.
  • An ongoing program of research with an established mentor-mentee relationship.
  • Support is provided for a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years of consecutive funding for each scholar, consisting of 12-month appointments.
  • At the time of their appointments, scholars must NOT 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 K component.
  • Former or current PDs/PIs on any NIH research project grant [this does not include NIH small grants (R03), exploratory Developmental (R21) or SBIR, STTR (R43, R44 grants)] or equivalent non-PHS peer reviewed 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 scholars.
  • Appointed scholars are encouraged to apply for individual mentored K awards (e.g. K07, K08, K22, K23) and independent awards (R01, R03, R21); if successful, the KL2 appointment would be terminated and funding received from the new individual K or R award.
  • In keeping with the type of mentoring and career development being provided by the CTSA, a KL2 scholar candidate who is already in the process of applying for an independent mentored career development grant, a P01 grant, or R01 grant is likely too senior for the KL2 award.
  • Scholars in the last two years of their appointment period may reduce effort on the mentored career award to a minimum of six-person months and hold concurrent support from their mentored career award and a competing PHS research grant on which they are the PD/PI or component lead.

To apply

Interested faculty should complete the application at VCU's online Applicant Review, Tracking, and Evaluation System (ARTES).

Application Instructions may be downloaded through the enclosed PDF.

Application Information Session

Interested applicants may attend an on-line information session via the Zoom Conference app scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT. Interested participants may join the meeting at the following link: Please note that participation is limited to the first 100 enrollments.

Selection Process

KL2 Scholars will be selected by a panel of Wright Center faculty and will be based upon the potential impact of the candidate’s competitiveness and career development goals and objectives.


Please direct questions about the application process to:

Dr. Pamela Dillon Research Liaison, Wright Center for Clinical & Translational Research Phone: 804.827.1519 Email: