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The ITM administers the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Career Development (K12) Awards, including the Paul Calabresi and Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) K12 Award programs. This funding opportunity is open to all ITM institutions, including researchers at UChicago, Rush, Loyola University Chicago, NorthShore University HealthSystem, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Advocate Health Care.
Since the programs began, the ITM has awarded more than $6.8 million to more than 50 junior investigators at multiple ITM institutions, and many alumni have gone on to secure major grants and scale their projects to improve people’s health.

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The prestigious K Awards support young researchers 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:

“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 CTSA KL2 Clinical and Translational Scholar award are now being accepted through 11:59 p.m. Sept. 29, 2024.
Other questions? Contact Sonya Redmond-Head, ITM Pilot Process Coordinator, at

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This project is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through Grant Numbers UL1TR002389, KL2TR002387, and TL1TR00238 that fund the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.