Education & Training
KL2 Mentored Career Development Program
Through the KL2 Mentored Career Development program, Stanford CTSA provides advanced training in clinical and translational research to junior faculty from all health professions in the UTL, MCL, NTLR lines.
The KL2 award provides partial salary support (75% of the applicable Stanford postgraduate-year stipend scale) for a guaranteed period of two years. KL2 awardees will pursue a mentored research project in their area of expertise. It is expected that the research performed within the KL2 program will provide the basis for an independent NIH award (e.g., K23, K08, or R01).
KL2 awardees will receive advanced training in multiple disciplines, including biostatistics, epidemiology, study design, genetics, bioinformatics and bioethics.
Mentorship and Other Opportunities for KL2 Scholars
Each KL2 Scholar will have at least two mentors — a research mentor, who serves as a guide for their research project, and an academic/career mentor, who provides career/academic oversight and professional advice. The program director will assign the academic/career mentor.
Mentors are accomplished investigators in clinical and translational research with a history of success in training new investigators and fostering their success as independent researchers. In addition to the research and career mentors, a faculty-level methods adviser will assist KL2 Scholars with study design questions and analytic plans.
KL2 Scholars may pursue a master’s degree. If not pursuing a degree, Scholars may develop a tailored didactic plan that fulfills the mission of the CTSA program and provides the awardee optimal training in his/her CTR career objective. All Scholars are required to complete the Responsible Conduct of Research course and must also participate in other educational activities, such as the Intensive Course in Clinical Research, training in Leadership and Team Science, and professional development workshops.