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Hear it From Them
The K Award gave me the bandwidth and space to think creatively, which has been a great gift. It started out as a way to help my patients. Little did I know it would change the trajectory of my life.
Dana Suskind, MD,
Professor Surgery and Pediatrics
Director of Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program and Thirty Million Words Initiative

The ITM administers the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Career Development (K12) Awards at UChicago, including the Paul Calabresi, Lung Omics, and Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) K12 Award programs, and hosts monthly ITM K Scholar meetings for all recipients.

Since the UChicago programs began in 2007, the ITM has awarded more than $4.3 million to more than 40 junior investigators, and many alumni have gone on to secure major grants and scale their projects to improve people’s health.

The prestigious K Awards support young investigators for up to two years. Those holding an MD, PhD, or MD/PhD who are interested in clinical, translational, and/or oncology research are encouraged to apply for:

  • Salary support for up to $75,000 (CTSA) and up to $100,000 (Oncology), plus fringe benefits.
  • Travel funds.
  • At least 75 percent protected time to focus on a clinical/translational research program of your choice.
  • Exclusive mentoring and educational opportunities from senior faculty.

“The K Award gave me the bandwidth and space to think creatively, which has been a great gift,” said Suskind, MD, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program and Thirty Million Words Initiative.

Applications for the KL2 program are now being accepted through 11:59 p.m. Sept. 23, 2018.

Other questions? Contact Sonya Redmond-Head, ITM Pilot Process Coordinator, at srhead*bsd.uchicago.edu.


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