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KL2 Mentored Career Development Program

The KL2 Mentored Career Development Program (KL2 Scholars Program) at Stanford University is a two-year research program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Stanford Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA). The KL2 Scholars Program is designed to offer advanced training in clinical and translational research to junior faculty. The program offers flexible learning models to engage scholars in team science, individual development plans, advanced research training, and career guidance. KL2 Scholars 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).


Questions? Contact KL2 Program Manager, Ellen Orasa.

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KL2 Mentoring and Oversight

Each awardee 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 academic and career oversight and professional advice. The KL2 Program Director will assign the Academic/Career Mentors.

Mentors are accomplished investigators in clinical and translational research with a track record of success in training new investigators and fostering their success as independent researchers.

An initial and annual Career Development Plan is required. An overall program advisor will monitor awardee during the award period to ensure milestones are met.

Program Guidelines and Application Requirements

We encourage applicants from all health disciplines who meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident by the application deadline (those with visa status are not eligible to apply)
  • Junior faculty in the UTL, UML or NTLR line
  • Must hold a research or health-professional doctoral degree
  • Must be able to commit 75% of professional effort to the program (surgeons may commit 50%) and ensure that the remaining 25% (or 50% for surgeons) will come from a non-federal source
  • Must not be or have been a principal investigator on an NIH R01, or a project leader on a sub-project of a Program Project (P01), Center (P50, P60, U54), mentored career development grant (K23, K08, K01, etc.)
  • Must not have a current application for another mentored K award (e.g. K23, K08) submitted or under review
  • Must be pursuing a career path and proposed program in human/translational research

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

As a recipient of one of NIH's Career Development Awards (K series), KL2 Scholars are required to complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training. See NIH's requirement for Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), for more information on this policy.

The Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics provides a one-day training, The Responsible Conduct of Research (MED 255), that will fulfill this requirement.

For questions, contact med255rcr@stanford.edu.

Acknowledge the Grant: NIH Required Language

Projects that are funded by or utilize Stanford CTSA resources or services are required to acknowledge the grant in publications and grant applications. This includes participants of the KL2 Mentored Career Development Program.

Use this language verbatim:

“Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Center For Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number KL2TR003143. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health."

KL2 Scholars

KL2 Handbook

Important dates

  • Request for Applications Released: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 15, 2022 by 11:59 PM PST
  • Funding Cycle: July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2024