*The next competition cycle will begin in 2022.*

Are you a junior faculty member with a passion for translational research? Do you want to help reduce the burden of diseases and improve health conditions that disproportionately affect populations in the Deep South?

If so, consider applying to become a CCTS Deep South Mentored Career Development (KL2) scholar.

Mission and Goal

The CCTS KL2 program prepares early career faculty who have recently finished a research or health professional doctorate for a career in translational research. Our goal is to impart the knowledge, experience, and perspective required to develop a network of independent investigators, with an emphasis on research that addresses diseases and health disparities that disproportionately affect the Deep South. The program culminates in lead-author manuscripts and an extramurally funded research grant submission (e.g., K23, R01) for scholars.


Scholars receive:
  • 75% salary support for two years (up to a maximum of $120,000 annually)
  • Support for tuition and travel
  • Individualized skills and knowledge development via didactic and hands-on trainings
  • Research apprenticeship with an experienced primary mentor who has an excellent training record and who commits to extended, close interaction with the scholar
  • Access to the large and diverse pool of experienced translational research experts within the CCTS Partner Network


Candidates must:
  • be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or have permanent residency status
  • have earned a clinical or research doctorate, including PhD, ScD, DrPH, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DMD, DNS or equivalent doctoral degree
  • be junior-level, full-time faculty
  • demonstrate a commitment to conducting translational research
  • identify two established faculty members to serve as mentors
  • commit to a minimum of 75% protected time (50% for surgeons with justification) to career development research training for two years

Application Process

The CCTS Deep South Mentored Career Development (KL2) Program is competitive. The application process comprises two stages: (1) a pre-application and (2) a full application, which is open only to those candidates who are accepted in the pre-application stage.

The Pre-Application requires:
  •  Letters of support (2) including one from a primary mentor and one from an immediate supervisor (1-2 pages each)
  • a pre-application Research Plan (2 pages)
  • NIH Biosketch documents for applicant and mentor (see our CCTS Grant Library for biosketch examples)


Because the CCTS KL2 is a two-year award, RFAs are generally released during even-numbered years. The next competition will be in mid-2022. The timeline from the last cycle can be seen below as a general guide. There are sometimes opportunities for funding available in the interim. Please contact Jeanne Merchant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about funding or with questions. We look forward to getting to know you and your research! 

2021 KL2 RFA Launch
- Friday, May 8, 2020

 LOI/Pre-Applications Due - Sunday, July 5, 2020

 Applicants Invited to Submit Full Proposal - On or Before July 31, 2020

 Full Proposals Due - Friday, October 1, 2020

 Awardees Notified - By October 29, 2020

Application Instructions
Current KL2 Scholars
Previous KL2 Scholars
KL2 Application Example