2019 Application Information: Mentored Research and Career Development (KL2) Program

 

Mentored Research Career Development (KL2) Program In Clinical and Translational Science

IMPORTANT DATES:

Informational Session                                              November 29, 2018, 12:00-1:00 pm                                                                                                                         (Location: MED 710L.10A)

Competitive Letters of Intent due                            January 7, 2019 by 5:00 pm

Invitations to Apply                                                   February 1, 2019

Applications due                                                       April 30, 2019 by 5:00 pm

Funding start date                                                    July 1, 2019

 

ELIGIBILITY
APPLICATION PREPARATION/SUBMISSION
REVIEW/SELECTION CRITERIA

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Candidates for the KL2 Scholar program are early career faculty (Instructor or Assistant Professor) who have a professional doctoral degree or are completing postdoctoral training with an impending academic appointment. KL2 Scholars will be recruited from a wide range of health professions and related fields, including all specialties of medicine and surgery, nursing, psychology and other behavioral sciences, dentistry, pharmacy, pharmacology, epidemiology, biostatistics, allied health sciences, health services research, biomedical engineering and other postdoctoral professions. All applicants must have evidence of strong academic achievement and scholarship, as well as personal attributes such as high motivation and integrity.
  2. Applicants must be US citizens or non-citizen nationals, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-155) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident. Applications will be accepted from persons whose residence application is pending, but the residency status must be completed to receive a KL2 award. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
  3. Applicants must be able to commit at least 75 % of full-time professional effort to this Career Development Program and its related clinical/translational science research activities (50% effort may be permitted for surgeons).
  4. Applicants who are dually employed by the Health Science Center and the Veterans Administration may be restricted from the KL2 Scholar award, depending upon the extent of commitment (percent effort) to the VA. Federal salaries cannot be considered part of the required 75% KL2 institutional commitment.
  5. Applicants must not be, or have been, a Principal Investigator on a R01 or R21 award or a Project Leader on a subproject of a Program Project (P01), Center (P50, P60, U54) or other equivalent research grant award, or a Principal Investigator of a mentored research career development (K-series) grant. Applicants may have received prior support on an Institutional or Individual NRSA grant (F or T) or NIH small grant (R03).
  6. Please note that NIH rules preclude individuals funded by the KL2 program from receiving additional federal funds for the portion of effort not covered by the KL2  program. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Recruitment and application processes will be coordinated through the IIMS Office of Research, Education, and Mentoring (OREM) Program 

KL2 Program Directors:

Joel Tsevat, MD,     (tsevat@uthscsa.edu)
Don Dougherty, PhD, (doughertyd@uthscsa.edu)
 

KL2 OREM Program Support:

Kathlynn Wray (wrayk@uthscsa.edu)                                                                                                                          Phone: 567-4330

 

APPLICATION TIMELINE: Applications for upcoming KL2 Scholar positions-Funding begins July 1, 2018.   Application reviews and interviews will be completed by early June, and awards will be issued on July 1, 2018 or as funding becomes available. 

 

APPLICATION SUBMISSION: Applications should be submitted by email to KL2 Program Support (see above) as a single PDF document in the order listed under "Application Requirements"  Letters of recommendation must be on letterhead, with signature. Letters, mentor biosketches, other support forms, and trainee tables should be submitted electronically as part of the PDF document. This is an internal process. No forms should be submitted to OSP.

KL2 PROGRAM APPLICATION TIPS

  • Review the Program Description and the KL2 Grant Application Instructions before preparing a KL2 application.
  • Complete the Application Face Page completely.
  • Proofread your application thoroughly for accuracy and completeness.
  • The deadline for receipt of applications is May 18th

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- (See 2018 Application Guidelines)

DO NOT SUBMIT TO OSP-Applications are reviewed internally within IIMS/CTSA

  • Face Page: Check all appropriate boxes
  • Project Summary/Abstract: A summary of the proposed career development activities including the applicant’s well articulated career goals and research interests and plans.
  • Detailed Budget: Complete both budget years.
  • Applicant’s PHS Form 398 Biosketch (Use New Format) and Other Support Form.
  • KL2 Career Development Plan Up to 12 pages total; 11 point Arial font. Summarize your career goals, career development plan, reasons for applying to the KL2 Program, and proposed research. Three sections should include:
    • Candidate Background. 
    • Career Goals and Objectives.
    • Candidate's Plan for Career Development/Training ACtivities, including externships. 
    • Mentor Statement 
  • Specific Aims (1 page)
  • Research Strategy (part of 12 pages)
  • Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Institutional Environment
  • Statement of how the research is translational
  • Protection of Human Subjects
  • Vertebrate Animals
  • Select Agent Research
  • Bibliography and References Citedt
  • Diversity Questionnaire
  • Letter of Support by Department/Division Chair
  • Letter of Support by collaborators or Consultants
  • Mentoring Agreement
  • Individual Development Plan

Supporting information from the Mentor(s) must include:

  • PHS Form 398 Biosketch (Use New Format)
  • PHS Form 398 Other Support form
  • PHS Data Table 5A – Predoctoral Trainees of Participating Faculty Members
  • PHS Data Table 5B – Postdoctoral Trainees of Participating Faculty Members
    • PHS 398 forms can be found at NIH PHS 398 Forms.
    • PHS Data Tables for Trainees of Participating Faculty Members can be found at http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm
    • Two additional letters of recommendation addressing, at a minimum, the relationship to the applicant (the position on which they base their knowledge of the applicant), and the applicant’s background and potential for a career as an independent research investigator in clinical and/or translational science. At least one of these letters must be from a UT Health Science Center at San Antonio faculty member.

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APPLICATION REVIEW AND SELECTION OF KL2SCHOLARS

  • The KL2 Program Directors or designee will review applications for completeness.
  • Qualified applicants will be selected on the basis of:
  • Evidence that the KL2 program will facilitate the applicant’s long-term research and career development goals in clinical and translational science
  • Prior research training and demonstrated performance
  • The Research Mentor
  • Recommendations from the Research Mentor and two independent references
  • The scope and focus of the research and career development/educational plan provided in the application. Specifically, how well will the KL2 program activities help achieve the applicant’s well articulated learning objectives?
  • The KL2 Review Committee will evaluate applications for scientific and technical merit. All applications will be scored on the 1-9 scale used by the NIH Center for Scientific Review. The following factors will be considered during the review:
  • Quality of the Applicant
    • Quality of applicant's academic, research, and publication/presentation record
    • Potential to become a successful investigator in multidisciplinary clinical/translational research
    • Commitment to a career in translational science
    • Potential to benefit from a multidisciplinary mentored research training program
  • Quality of Career Plans
    • Consistency of applicant's career goals with prior and current research experience
    • Likelihood that career plans contribute substantially to the applicant’s scientific and leadership development and necessary skill acquisition to conduct multidisciplinary clinical/translational investigations
  • Quality of Proposed Research
    • Scientific and technical merit of the research question, experimental design and methodology
    • Relevance of proposed research to the applicant's career objectives
    • Appropriateness of research plan to the stage of research development and as a vehicle for developing the research skills as described in the career development plan
       

KL2 SCHOLAR SELECTION

Overview of Review Process: The review of applications is performed in 2 phases: (1) scientific review, and (2) applicant interview. The full applications will be reviewed by 2-3 scientific reviewers (1 of whom may come from an outside institution having a KL2 program), who will score the applications following KL2 program guidelines. During the final phase, applicant scores will be tabulated and ranked, and the top applicants will be interviewed by KL2 program leaders. Following interviews, KL2 program leaders will meet to discuss and determine awardees. Critiques from the scientific review will be provided to the applicants after awards are announced.

 
  • KL2 Scholars will be selected after consideration of the following factors:
  • Quality and appropriateness of the applicant for this program
  • Quality and appropriateness of the career development plans
  • Quality of the proposed research
  • Overall diversity represented in the final scholar group
  • If an application is reviewed favorably, final acceptance into the Program will be contingent on receipt of a letter from the director/chairperson of the sponsoring unit documenting a commitment to providing sufficient time to meet the minimum 75% effort requirement of this award and addressing the prospects for the candidate’s appointment to a research or faculty position at the conclusion of the KL2 program. Failure to successfully address these issues may jeopardize final acceptance of the applicant into the KL2 program.

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