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KL2 Mentored Career Development Program

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 career/academic 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.

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  • Apply Now
  • Program Guidelines and Application Requirements
  • KL2 Mentoring and Oversight
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training
  • KL2 Scholars
  • KL2 Scholar Handbook


Questions? Contact KL2 Program Manager, Ellen Orasa.

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Program Guidelines and Application Requirements

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

  • 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, MCL or NTLR line
  • Hold a research or health-professional doctoral degree
  • Commit 75% of professional effort to the program (surgeons may commit 50%) and ensure that the remaining 25% is not funded via 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.)
  • Do not have a current application for another mentored K award (e.g. K23, K08) submitted or under review
  • 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."

Important dates:

  • Request for Applications Released: Wed, March 23, 2021
  • Application Deadline: Thur, July 1, 2021 by 11:59 PM PDT
  • Funding Cycle: January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023