The NIH-funded CTSC supports highly qualified junior faculty to conduct mentored, multidisciplinary, patient-oriented clinical research. Clinical research is defined as (a) patient oriented research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin) that includes mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, and/or development of new technologies; (b) epidemiologic and behavioral studies; (c) health services and outcomes research. The period of support is for 2 years but may extend for up to 3 years.


The goal of the program is to accelerate the career development of promising junior faculty, promoting their development as independent clinical multidisciplinary research investigators. The program will provide selected scholars with a salary of $110,000 plus benefits (up to $145,090 in salary and benefits combined), as well as $25,000 for travel and research expenses each year. Travel to the annual CTSA Translational Science meeting is mandatory in the first two years, and submission of an abstract is required for reimbursement of travel expenses.

Scholars in the KL2 program will:

  • Obtain additional research training through participation in coursework, workshops, and/or individualized programs of study.
  • Conduct a rigorous multidisciplinary clinical/patient-oriented research investigation relevant to their research interests.
  • Be mentored by senior investigators from diverse backgrounds with a demonstrated track record of successfully developing the careers of junior colleagues.
  • Utilize, and participate in, the activities and resources of the UC Davis CTSC, as well as a nation-wide consortium of 60 other NIH-funded CTSA sites. This will include a commitment to presenting their research progress at meetings and in seminars.

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Scholar News

October 27, 2020

The CTSC Paves the Way for Promising Medical Researchers Through KL2 Awards

Jennifer Rosenthal and Stephanie Crossen Jennifer Rosenthal and Stephanie Crossen

The Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) serves as UC Davis’ powerhouse for translational biomedical research. Its wide range of services and resources provides essential training and infrastructure for medical researchers to develop their studies and boost their careers. One great way the CTSC supports researchers is through the KL2 Mentored Career Development program.

“The KL2 Mentored Career Development program is an excellent opportunity for our junior faculty who conduct multidisciplinary, patient-centered clinical research,” said Allison Brashear, dean of the School of Medicine. “The program helps accelerate the career development of promising scholars and puts them on track to become independent clinical investigators.”

Under the KL2 program, qualified junior faculty are mentored by senior researchers and receive two years of financial support, with a possible one-year extension through a fund from the School of Medicine.

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