ACTRI Seeks Applications for KL2 Training Support for Junior Faculty

ACTRI KL2 Eligibility Information

The call for applications for 2018 is now open.

As part of UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI), the KL2 grant mechanism is an institutional mentored career development award for junior faculty with early didactic opportunities through the Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training (CREST) program. Successful applicants will receive up to three years of support from ACTRI and from their home departments, pending good progress.

This is not a post-doctoral fellowship, but is intended for UC San Diego and ACTRI partner research institution* instructors or assistant professors in any academic series, as well as fellows or post-doctoral researchers who will have completed their training and have a faculty appointment by the time of receipt of funding. Candidates are eligible up to five years after completion of a post-doctoral or medical fellowship. Candidates must have a letter of support from their departmental chair to apply. Individuals who have already received a K grant, R01, or equivalent grant are not eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates from groups underrepresented in biomedical research are strongly encouraged to apply.

Awardees must commit to 75 percent research effort, and the awardees' home departments must commit to honoring this 75 percent effort. In return, ACTRI will grant up to $100,000 toward salary, plus benefits. Practicing clinicians in certain procedurally-oriented fields such as surgery may be eligible to commit 50 percent research effort. Please contact before preparing your application for more information about this exception for procedurally-oriented fields.

Extensive formal and informal mentoring will be provided to awardees. Awardees are expected to develop and complete a training plan that includes relevant CREST courses or show equivalency. For more information, see CREST Program.

The application is to be prepared in a similar format as an Individual Career Development (K) Award application to the National Institutes of Health, and shall be submitted online through WebGrants. In addition, proposals will include a 1-page, 250-word maximum summary written in lay language, which will be independently reviewed by a community panel.

Proposals will also include a letter of support from the candidate’s primary mentor, which includes the mentor’s plan for the candidate to achieve independence within three years. If the candidate does not have a faculty appointment at the time of application (for example, if the applicant is a project scientist or is on a MOP contract), the departmental chair’s letter must specify which appointment is proposed, indicate where the file currently is in the review process, and include a projected timeline for faculty appointment. Letters that do not specify the status of the appointment and its timeline will not be sent for review. Please be advised that funding will not be initiated until the file is approved for the proposed appointment by the department and is in process with CAP.

The call for applications for 2018 is now open.

*ACTRI partner research institutions include San Diego State University, J. Craig Venter Institute, Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Research Institute, Salk Institute, and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology.