CCTS KL2 Career Development Program

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) at the University of Kentucky has funds available through an NIH CTSA KL2 award to support junior faculty committed to developing academic careers focused on clinical and/or translational research/science. Junior faculty from any college at the University of Kentucky are eligible to apply. Applications from underrepresented minorities and those with disabilities and/or having disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. Positions will be available with a start date of no later than January 1, 2024 (eligibility for NIH career development support is required for KL2 positions).

The KL2 Career Development Program requires 75% protected time for research/career development and provides annual salary support up to a maximum of $110,000 per year plus benefits for the required effort. An additional $37,500 in funds will be provided for research personnel, supplies, materials for course work ($35,000), and travel ($2,500) to present at appropriate research conferences, as they pertain to the proposed research and career development. Support will be provided for up to 2 years, contingent upon effective career development throughout the period of support.

Eligibility: Candidates for these positions must have a terminal professional degree, such as an MD, DMD, RN/PhD, PharmD, or PhD. Individuals who were, or currently are the Principal Investigator (PI) on NIH R01, R29, P01, K01, K08, K22 and K23 awards (or equivalent) are not eligible. Candidates must have a faculty appointment and commit 75% effort to research and career development (certain surgical subspecialties may require 50% effort to maintain skill levels).

Letter of Intent: A non-binding letter of intent for the KL2 Career Development Program is due no later than 5 pm on Wednesday, September 20, 2023. The information in the LOI allows us to plan for the review process. The LOI should include:
• Applicant’s contact information
• Applicant’s rank and title series
• Applicant’s department
• A brief description of the proposed research including a project title (no more than two paragraphs)

The LOI should be submitted to

Questions concerning the Career Development Program should be directed to Dr. Victoria L. King, CCTS Career Development Director, at or 859-218-6167.

KL2 RFA 2023.pdf (145.73 KB)