KL2 Scholar Eligibility

Junior faculty with a doctorate (MD, DO, PhD, MD/PhD, DO/PhD or equivalent) at the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor at The Pennsylvania State University are eligible to apply to the program.  Research Associates at the University Park campus who hold a faculty position are also eligible. Faculty appointments cannot be dependent upon receipt of this award. Junior faculty physician candidates should have completed training in a specialty or subspecialty and be board eligible or certified. Non-physician candidates must have a PhD.

Candidates must be committed to a career in clinical investigation (clinical and/or translational research) and be willing to commit in writing to serve on the faculty of an academic institution pursuing clinical and/or translational research. As per NIH guidelines, candidates must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident at  the time they submit an application. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

KL2 applicants may not simultaneously submit or have pending an application for any other PHS mentored career development award (e.g. K07, K08, K22, K23) that duplicates any of the provisions of the KL2 program.  Former or current principal investigators on any NIH research project grant (this does not include NIH Small Grants (R03) or Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grants or their equivalents) or equivalent non-PHS peer reviewed research grants that are over $100,000 direct costs per year, or project leaders on sub-projects of program project (P01) or center grants (P50) are NOT eligible to participate as KL2 scholars.  Appointed KL2 scholars may apply for K23 support; if successful they transfer to the K23 award.

Requirements of the applicants and awardees accepted into the program are as follows. The candidate must:

  • Be a full time junior faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University at the time of receipt of the award.
  • Indicate a strong interest in pursuing an academic career in clinical and/or translational research.
  • Be nominated by the candidate’s Department Chair (and Division Director if applicable); the Chair must guarantee in writing in the nomination letter that a minimum of 75% of the junior faculty’s professional time will be protected to pursue clinical and/or translational research training if the candidate is accepted into the KL2 (an exception is made for a minimum of 50% effort for trainees from surgery or the surgical subspecialties). The remaining 25 or 50% of the junior faculty’s professional time may not be funded by other federal (NIH) funds.
  • Identify an established Penn State faculty lead mentor who whose research program belongs to or is eligible for participation in a Translational Research Cluster (TRC). Additional faculty members may serve as co-mentors or Advisory Committee members but there must be a single lead mentor or mentor/co-mentor.