KL2 Career Development Program

The CCTS KL2 Career Development Program is a research training and funding opportunity for junior faculty to foster a career in clinical/translational research. The aim of this multidisciplinary career development program is to assist junior faculty in developing a clinical/translational research program through a structured program of career development and mentorship, including didactic coursework, mentored research and multidisciplinary teamwork. A key component of this program is the interaction between the awardees and their mentorship team. The goal of the program is to help awardees ultimately obtain an individual career development award (i.e. K) or an independent investigator (i.e. R01) award.

Eligibility criteria for applicants are as follows:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident 

  • Doctoral level degree (MD, PhD, DMD, DDS, DO, PharmD)

  • Full-time, permanent faculty position at the University of Kentucky

  • Commitment of 75% effort to Research/Career Development*

  • Must NOT have received significant prior federal career development awards such as K series awards or the equivalent of independent (i.e., non-mentored) federal funding as Principal Investigator, such as an R award. 

*Commitment can be reduced to 50% effort for clinicians with prior approval for procedure intensive specialties

Funding/Support Provided:

  • 75% salary support up to a maximum of $100,000 per year plus fringe benefits 

  • Career development/research support of $20,500 per year

  • $2,500 travel funds per year for up to two (2) conferences/trips per year in support of your research

  • Initial support for 1 year; awards are reviewed annually for continued support for no more than 3 years

Applications are accepted in response to an RFA.


Our Impact


KL2 Graduate ROI as PIs & Co-Is 



Average Number of Publications per KL2 Graduate


Grants Awarded to KL2 Mentors in Fiscal Year 2018 (n=40)



Former KL2 Scholars Receive R01
Dr. Matt Bush and Tina Studts, Ph.D.

Matthew Bush, MD, PhD, an otolaryngologist, and Tina Studts, PhD, LCSW, met while they were both KL2 Scholars. Recognizing the potential overlap in their fields of work--child hearing loss and child behavior disorders, respectively--they began collaborating to better understand the relationship between the two phenomenon. Following years of collaboration, their team has just been awarded an R01 grant to offer a peer-led, evidence-based parenting program that aims to reduce behavior problems in children with hearing loss, improve positive parenting strategies, increase treatment adherence, and enhance language outcomes. Read more about their previous research.