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.

  • Benefits
    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
  • Eligibility

    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 at least 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:

    • Pre-Application Research Plan/ Letter of Interest (2 pages)
    • NIH Biosketch documents for applicant and primary mentor
    • Letters of support (2) including one from primary mentor and one from immediate supervisor (1-2 pages each)


  • Deadlines

    Because the CCTS KL2 is a two-year award, RFAs are generally released during even-numbered years. 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! 

    2022 KL2 RFA Launch
    - May 9, 2022
    LOI/Pre-Applications Due - *July 5, 2022
    Applicants Invited to Submit Full Proposal - On or Before August 15, 2022
    Full Proposals Due - November 1, 2022
    Awardees Notified - Mid-December 2022

    *PLEASE NOTE: Due two current-year KL2 Scholars being awarded extramural funding, we have 2 slots that can begin Summer 2022 instead of May 1, 2023 (the start date for the rest of the next KL2 cohort). Well-qualified candidates who 1) could be appointed immediately & 2) already have a developed research proposal ready can submit their pre-application by May 27, 2022 to be considered for selection and appointment Summer 2022. Please contact Jeanne Merchant with any questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 205-996-9672. Any applicant who submits by this date will be considered for slots available immediately; if not selected for one of those slots, their pre-application will be considered as part of the regular application review and selection process.

Application Instructions
Current KL2 Scholars
Previous KL2 Scholars
KL2 Application Example