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2018 CTSI KL2 Translational Science Award - LOI Due

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UCLA CTSI KL2 Translational Science Award 2018

Important Dates

Letter of Intent Deadline January 25, 2018 by 5PM
Full Application Deadline February 22, 2018 by 5PM
Interview Notifications April 30, 2018
Selected Candidate Interviews Early May 2018 (exact date, time and location are TBD)
Award Notifications End of May to early June 2018
Grant Start Date July 1, 2018

The UCLA CTSI KL2 Translational Science Award supports highly qualified junior faculty from one of the four partnered institutions (UCLA, Cedars-Sinai, Charles R. Drew University, and LA BioMed at Harbor-UCLA) to conduct mentored, interdisciplinary and translational research. The program is specifically designed to meet an important goal of the UCLA CTSI: To provide the next generation of clinicians and researchers with the training they need to conduct research across engineering, physics and other disciplines to improve health.

The Award
UCLA CTSI KL2 Translational Science Scholars will receive up to 3 years of funding or until receipt of an individual NIH K award (or equivalent grant from the Veterans Administration or foundation), whichever comes first. Continued KL2 support in years 2 and 3 will be contingent on the awardee’s performance during the prior year(s). The following table lists the maximum allowable amounts per year for salary, fringe benefits, research expenses, tuition/career development, travel, and statistical support:

Candidate/Scholar Salary (75% effort) $75,000
Candidate/Scholar Fringe Benefits (capped at 30%) $22,500
Research Expenses (UCLA applicants must include TIF) $25,000
Tuition/Career Development $4,000
Travel $2,000
Statistical Support $1,500

Eligibility Criteria

  • Possess a doctoral-level degree (e.g., MD, PhD, PharmD, DDS) and be a full-time junior faculty member at one of the four UCLA CTSI partnered institutions in any series at or above the clinical instructor level as of July 1, 2018. U.S. citizen or permanent resident at time of application.
  • Commit 75% of professional effort to translational research (surgeons and some other specialists with large clinical burdens may request a lower level of effort, but in no case lower than 50%), with the level of CTSI KL2 salary support being reduced proportionately. If you would like to request a lower level of effort, please contact by the full application deadline, so a formal request can be submitted to the NIH.
  • Not be or have been a principal investigator on an NIH R01, or project leader on a subproject of a Program Project (P01), Center (P50, P60, U54), mentored career development grant (K23, K08, K01, etc.), or equivalent non-PHS peer reviewed research grant that is over $100,000 in direct costs per year. May have had support on a non-federal grant, a NRSA grant (F or T) or have been PI of an NIH small grant (R03 or R21). Note: Candidates may have had previous support on a K12 award, but the CTSI KL2 cannot extend total K support beyond five years.
  • The trans-NIH policy stipulates that K12/KL2 candidates may not apply or have a pending application for a similar mentored K award (e.g., K08, K23) simultaneously.

Application Checklist and Instructions are available at:

Letter of Intent & Application Information

  • Letters of Intent will be accepted through 5:00PM PST on February 1, 2018. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent to help the CTSI identify the best reviewers and enhance the review process of the application.
  • Full Applications are due by 5:00PM PST on February 22, 2018.
  • The links to the submission website for the Letter of Intent and Full Application will be available at: and see “Request for Applications.”

The Letter of Intent must include:

  • The specific areas of expertise that are needed to review the proposal.
  • NIH-formatted Biosketch (must be in the new format).
  • Specific aims for the proposed project (1 page maximum)

The Full Application packet must include the items below. These will be the actual upload fields for the online application. Please follow the detailed application instructions available at and see "Application Checklist and Instructions."

  1. NIH-formatted Biosketch (must be in the new format) of the CTSI KL2 candidate
  2. NIH-formatted Other Support Pages of the CTSI KL2 candidate
  3. Project Summary/Abstract (30 lines of text maximum)
  4. Specific Aims (1 page maximum)
  5. Program Plan (12 pages maximum)
  6. Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources (1 page maximum)
  7. Human Subjects (when applicable)
  8. Vertebrate Animals (when applicable)
  9. Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (1 page maximum)
  10. Letters of Support from Mentoring Team (6 pages maximum)
  11. Institutional Letter of Support (up to 2 pages)
  12. Mentoring Team NIH-formatted Biosketches (must be in the new format)
  13. NIH-formatted Detailed Budget and Budget Justification
  14. Data and Safety Monitoring Plan (when applicable and required for research involving human subjects)
  15. Bibliography & References Cited
  16. Letters of Support for use of equipment, data and specimens (when applicable). Other letters of support submitted under this field will be removed during the administrative review process.

Candidate Interviews
Selected candidates will be invited for an interview with the KL2 Selection Committee in early May 2018 (exact date, time and location are TBD). Candidates will be notified by April 30, 2018 if selected for an interview.

Questions about the UCLA CTSI KL2 Translational Science Award can be directed to Lisa Chan at

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