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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.

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:

  • Salary support for up to $100,000 plus fringe per year.
  • Travel funds.
  • Research funds of $30,000 per year to spend on your research project or career development activities.
  • 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.
  • Monthly Career Seminars.
  • City-wide and national networking.

“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. Oct. 1, 2023.

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


Click Here For The KL2 RFA And to Apply

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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

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