Duke CTSA Research Career Development Award Program (Duke CTSA KL2) (Duke Internal Funding -- for Duke Faculty Only)

Funding Agency:
Duke University

The Duke CTSA KL2 program provides training and research opportunities for junior investigators that will equip them to:

  • Participate in and ultimately lead transdisciplinary research teams that both transcend traditional scientific silos and embrace diverse stakeholder input
  • Facilitate advancement of discoveries to their next translational phase
  • Represent a more diverse workforce to meet evolving translational science priorities
  • Leverage partnerships locally, regionally, and nationally to enhance the impact of their discoveries

These overall goals will be achieved through both group and individually tailored activities for Duke’s KL2 scholars, and by extensive interactions with Duke’s CTSA cores. We expect our scholars to complete the KL2 program equipped and inspired to become successful, independent investigators, making contributions across the entire spectrum of clinical and translational research.

Each year, we will select up to three Duke CTSA KL2 Scholars. Each scholar will be awarded 75% total protected effort for 3 years, up to $20,000/year for research expenses, and up to $2,500/year for travel to professional meetings.

The KL2 program provides support for three years of consecutive funding for each scholar, consisting of consecutive 12-month appointments. Benefits are contingent upon available funds.


  • Strongly Recommended Letter of Intent due: November 1, 2021
  • Application deadline:   November 29, 2021

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  1. KL2 scholars must have a research or health-professional doctoral degree or its equivalent, i.e., a Doctor of Medicine (MD), MD/PhD, or PhD degree. An appointment as a Duke Faculty member is required.  An applicant may be in the final year of (postdoc) fellowship, but must have a faculty appointment by the start of the KL2 award.  (please see #5). 
  2. All candidates must be U.S. citizens, naturalized citizens, or permanent residents. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
  3. Candidates must be able to commit a minimum of nine calendar months of total professional effort (75%) for career development and research activities associated with the program. For surgeons or others in procedural based specialties, effort requirements may be reduced to at least 50%.  The eligibility of potential candidates holding VA appointments will be confirmed with NCATS Office of Grants Management and Program staff prior to the individual being appointed to the program. 
  4. Commitment to 3 years of research training.
  5. If you are a Senior Research Fellow, Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Scientist, Research Scholar, or Senior Research Associate, you are eligible for the KL2 only if your division chief and department chair affirm that, if funded, you will be appointed to faculty as of the KL2 start date. Department Chair recommendation letters must include assurance that you will have received a faculty appointment prior to or by the start of the KL2 appointment. You are not able to receive KL2 funds until you are appointed to faculty.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

November 29, 2021