Early Career Investigator Awards (KL2)

Early Career Investigator Awards (KL2)2021-11-01T08:39:36-04:00

The Indiana CTSI provides funding for special research fellowships for early career investigators in clinical-translational research.

  • These awards are designed to provide promising junior faculty investigators with the opportunity to be mentored in research-intensive, multi-disciplinary settings toward the goal of developing careers in translational research.
  • Translational research is the process of turning observations in the laboratory, clinic, and community into interventions to improve the health of individuals and the public.
  • Emphasis of these awards is to move findings from basic laboratory and pre-clinical research (T1) to the development of new treatment options/interventions or clinical trials (T2) to dissemination/clinical implementation (T3) to studying population health outcomes/health metrics (T4).
  • The goal of the CTSI is to make awards at all of these stages.
  • It is important that the proposed research has clear applications to human disease and health outcomes.

Early Career Investigator Award eligibility requirements

To be eligible, candidates must fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Clinician-scientists with a doctoral degree (physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, clinical psychologists, optometrists, veterinarians, allied health care professionals, etc.)
  2. Basic scientists with a PhD who are doing translational research which involves some component of human subjects research and has high potential for early translation into impacting patient care

Additional eligibility criteria

Early Career Investigator Award candidates must:

  • Be United States citizens or permanent residents
  • Hold a full-time faculty appointment with their institution by start of award
  • Be full-time junior faculty who would be eligible to apply as Principal Investigator on an NIH grant or career development award, but who have not yet been a Principal Investigator on an R01 or equivalent grant
  • Be able to identify co-mentors who are faculty investigators from two different disciplines (preferably a clinician-scientist and a PhD-scientist)
  • Be planning to submit a grant for external funding (either a career development award or independent research grant) during the first 12 months of the award

What are the benefits?

Early Career Investigator Awardees receive:

  • Partial salary support
  • Pilot research monies
  • Travel funds to attend the annual national meeting of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program in Washington, D.C.

How to apply

Applications for the Indiana CTSI’s Early Career Investigator Awards are due in January, and awards begin in July of each year. The award is for two years (renewable at the end of year one with satisfactory progress).
2022 Early Career Investigator Awards RFA

Questions? Contact Patricia McGuire at pcmcguir@iu.edu or 317-278-2824.

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