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SCTR KL2 (K12) Multidisciplinary Scholars Program in Clinical & Translational Science


The goal of the SCTR KL2 program is to foster the discipline of clinical research and increase clinical research capacity through the training of junior faculty, bridging clinical and translational research training with research independence. The SCTR KL2 will provide mentored, protected research experiences to enhance the development and retention of early career investigators. The program includes the option to pursue a master's degree in clinical or translational science, a supportive environment, start-up research funds, and access to program faculty who will provide expertise and guidance in research design, measurement and questionnaire design, study coordination, data management, biostatistical analysis, publishing and presenting research, and grant writing. 


Degrees: Junior faculty and senior fellows pending faculty appointment with doctoral-level professional degrees. Examples include both Clinical Doctoral (M.D., DrPH, Pharm. D., etc.) and Non-Clinical Doctoral (Ph.D., ScD).

Citizenship: Must be a US Citizen or permanent resident.

Employment: KL2 scholars must devote a minimum 75 percent of full-time professional effort.

Term: 2 years; $25,000/year in Research Project and Training Funds

Key Dates

RFA Release Date: January 2, 2019

Application Deadline: February 28, 2019

Anticipated Start Date: April 15, 2019

Key Personal

Marc I. Chimowitz, MBChB
KL2 Principal Investigator

Carol Feghali-Bostwick, Ph.D.
KL2 Associate Principal Investigator

Diana Lee-Chavarria
SCTR Education & Workforce Program Manager


Please contact Diana Lee-Chavarria at as soon as you decide to submit an application. The program will be holding a Q&A for interested candidates on Thursday, January 24. 




January 24 Q&A Session Slides (PDF)

Current KL2 Scholars

Shannon Phillips, Ph.D., RN is an Assistant Professor and a Junior Research Scientist at the College of Nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Florida and her Ph.D. in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Phillips’s background is as an acute care nurse in the pediatric critical care setting.

Dr. Phillips’s research interests stem from her experience as a pediatric critical care nurse and center on the care of children with medical complexity. Her dissertation study was a mixed methods analysis of hospital admissions and emergency department visits in this population of children. She is interested in health care utilization, care coordination, and the role of palliative care services among children with medical complexity, particularly children with sickle cell disease. She is also interested in rural disparities in access to care among children with medical complexity.

Christine Cooper, M.D.Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology
College of Medicine

DeAnna Baker Frost, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
College of Medicine