2020 CTSI Scholars Cohort: Call for Proposals

CTSI Scholar Awards.

Published December 17, 2019


By Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD

The Clinical and Translational Science Award-linked KL2 Mentored Career Development Award (KL2-MCDA) is now accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) from outstanding junior faculty, and senior fellows transitioning to junior faculty positions to join the 2020 cohort of CTSI Scholars. Selected candidates will receive research mentoring, career and professional development, and partial salary and research support.    

The overall goal of the KL2-MCDA is to mentor and develop an interprofessional, interdisciplinary, intellectually and culturally diverse clinical and translational workforce.   

The program strives to engage talented scholars from different health science and clinical disciplines (e.g., medicine, pharmacy, nursing, public health, dental, bioengineering and others), into the clinical and translational science workforce to develop new treatments for diseases and to improve health, as well as innovative methods and strategies to reduce the detrimental consequences of health disparities.

The KL2-MCDA program facilitates the development of professional skills and the transition of CTSI Scholars to their next level of career excellence within the clinical and translational workforce pipeline. The program supports partial salary towards 75% protected time, research, tuition and travel costs for up to two years. Via the KL2-MCDA, scholars are prepared to apply for individual mentored career development awards and/or appropriate R-type grants.

Preference for funding is given to outstanding candidates with active research programs focused on reducing health disparities and to those with experiences and/or attributes aimed at increasing diversity in the clinical and translational workforce.

Since the KL2-MCDA was established in 2016, ten junior faculty from various health science disciplines have been successfully trained and prepared to launch independent careers in clinical and translation research.   

LOIs from junior faculty interested in becoming CTSI Scholars are due February 3, 2020.  Selected LOIs will be invited to submit full proposals based on criteria outlined in the Request For Proposals. The earliest start date for appointed scholars will be July 1, 2020.

An Informational Session on Successful Preparation of Mentored Career Development Awards will be held on January 22, 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in room 2213 A+B in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The second hour is for group and/or individual Q&A. Registration can be completed by clicking here.

This program is funded through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award numbers UL1TR001412 and KL2TR001413 to the University at Buffalo, and by funding from the Buffalo Translational Consortium. Please contact scholar1@buffalo.edu or 716-829-4718 for more information.

Informational Session registration form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Nr0HutIjSdhYGNEyr_Azdo-kq2idQlxhwQzK7AffJmQ/edit

Request for Proposals: http://www.buffalo.edu/ctsi/cores/workforce-development/mentored-career-development/kl2-mcda.html