KL2 Pipeline

KL2 Scholars Program – Accepting Applications through September 20

The KL2 program, established in 2010, has uniquely focused on high quality career development in clinical and translational research, engaging a diverse pool of faculty mentors and mentees across a range of disciplines to approach science through a “disease-agnostic” translational lens. This dynamic and responsive program is unlike any other at VCU and is an integrated and synergistic component of the Wright Center and university-wide workforce development. There is a national need to increase the clinical and translational research workforce and to prepare them to deal with existing health care challenges as well as the challenges yet to come. VCU is fully committed to enhancing the workforce and to build research capacity to meet these needs. A key “need” in this process is to provide the investigators of tomorrow the skill-sets required to translate their research to have a meaningful impact on the health of the people. The KL2 program has been a promoter of such training and is the pinnacle program of a VCU-wide research capacity building workforce development plan from undergraduate to faculty and staff. The need for training in translational science, the demand for such training, and the availability of a rich environment at VCU to provide such training form the rationale for this KL2 program.

Time Line

 Application Portal Open: August 20, 2018

Deadline for Applications: September 20, 2018

Interview of Selected Finalists: October 1-15, 2018

Selection of Scholars:  October 20, 2018

Program Overview

KL2 scholars are recruited from a robust and diverse pool of junior faculty within the translational workforce pipeline at VCU, which includes a number of feeder programs such as T-32 programs and the recently established Rising- and Emerging Scholar Programs. During the 3-year award, KL2 scholars will have 75% protected research time and receive a supplement of $25,000 per year for research support. All scholars will be enrolled in a personalized curriculum that includes:

  • Required and elective course-work
  • Workshops (eg. Community engaged research, Informatics, Team science)
  • Innovative externships (eg. Penn State, NCATS-Eli Lilly, Regulatory Science)
  • Grant writing and review opportunities
  • Hands-on research including managing finances, presentations/publications and team-science designed to lead to research independence
  • Career/project mentorship
  • Mock study section

Minimum qualifications needed to apply for the KL2 Mentored Career Development Award

  • Full-time faculty position (current or offered for external candidates) in one of the schools or colleges at VCU or partnering institution and possession of a terminal degree.
  • Candidates with MD, DO, DDS, PharmD, or PhD at the Assistant Professor Rank.
  • An ongoing program of research with an established mentor-mentee relationship.
  • At the time of their appointments, scholars must NOT have pending an application for any other PHS mentored career development award (e.g. K07, K08, K22, K23) that duplicates any of the provisions of the K component.
  • Former or current PDs/PIs on any NIH research project grant [this does not include NIH small grants (R03), exploratory Developmental (R21) or SBIR, STTR (R43, R44 grants)] or equivalent non-PHS peer reviewed grants that are over $100,000 direct costs per year, or project leaders on sub-projects of program project (P01) or center grants (P50) are NOT eligible to participate as scholars.
  • Appointed scholars are encouraged to apply for individual mentored K awards (e.g. K07, K08, K22, K23) and independent awards (R01, R03, R21); if successful, the KL2 appointment would be terminated and funding received from the new individual K or R award.
  • In keeping with the type of mentoring and career development being provided by the CTSA, a KL2 scholar candidate who is already in the process of applying for an independent mentored career development grant, a P01 grant, or R01 grant is likely too senior for the KL2 award.

To Apply

Interested faculty should complete the application at VCU’s online Applicant Review, Tracking, and Evaluation System (ARTES).

Application Instructions may be downloaded through the PDF attached below.

Application Information Session

Interested applicants may attend an on-line information session via the Zoom Conference app scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT.  Interested participants may join the meeting at the following link: https://vcu.zoom.us/j/579129617.  Please note that participation is limited to the first 100 enrollments.

Selection Process

Scholars will be selected by a panel of Wright Center faculty and will be based upon the potential impact of the candidate’s competitiveness and career development goals and objectives.


Please direct questions about the application process to:

Dr. Pamela Dillon,  Research Liaison

Phone:  804.827.1519

Email:  pmdillon@vcu.edu

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Cite the Grant!

Please remember to acknowledge NIH grant support in each publication, press release or other documents about research that benefited from the many resources made possible by the VCU Wright Center for Clinical and Translation Research (CCTR)’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (No. UL1TR002649 or KL2TR002648) and include a disclaimer.

Learn about PubMed requirements and how to cite at https://cctr.vcu.edu/resources/cite.html

CCTR Hosts Final Fall Brown Bag Seminar Featuring OnCore Discussion

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The VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research hosted its fifth and final seminar as part of an ongoing Fall Brown Bag series where representatives from the VCU Wright CCTR raised awareness of the various tools and services offered by the Center. 

Robert “Bobby” Moulden, manager of Clinical Trials Management System for the VCU Wright CCTR, led this presentation with a particular focus on Online Collaborative Research Environment (OnCore), which is a Clinical Trials Management System (CTMS) designed specifically for large academic medical centers with vibrant, expanding clinical research programs. The event received a large turnout with representatives from the VCU Department of Pathology, VCU Massey Cancer Center, VCU Department of Neurosurgery, and the VCU Department of Internal Medicine, among others in attendance. 

OnCore is a web-accessible, centralized database with role-based security. It provides a platform to track clinical research studies and participants, and includes features such as  audit/monitoring capabilities, electronic case report forms (eCRFs), and custom reporting. Additionally, patient research participation is now shared from OnCore to Cerner through an integration.

Moulden and his team reviewed OnCore’s audit console, which supports a standard institutional audit process and incorporates input provided by the VCU Office of Research and Innovation’s Clinical Research Compliance Program, the Institutional Review Board, and VCU Massey Cancer Center.

“OnCore helps coordinators work together on the most up to date forms and information,” Moulden said. “It eliminates the need for teams to email files back and forth and provides a secure platform for materials containing patient health information.”

To learn more about OnCore, visit go.vcu.edu/oncore or go.vcu.edu/wiki. Email OnCore@vcu.edu with questions.



First image up top: Robert “Bobby” Moulden, manager of Clinical Trials Management System for the VCU Wright CCTR

CCTR Presents at VCU School of Nursing Research Council

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Representatives from multiple cores within the VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research led a presentation on the various tools and services offered by the Center at a recent VCU School of Nursing Research Council.

The VCU Wright CCTR reviewed research definitions set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the services offered by the CCTR Research Innovator, Clinical Research Services policies, and institutional information. 

“You are not alone,” said Shirley L.T. Helm, MS, CCRP, manager of clinical research administration for the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services. “We are here to help you with a team of experts in the areas of research, biostatistics, informatics, study conduct, regulatory development…you name it.”

The team went on to explain how the VCU Wright CCTR caters to investigators at many levels and functions as an umbrella center for various hubs, which includes the Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry, the Community Engagement Core, and the Collaborative Advanced Research Imaging (CARI) program, among others.

“As the School of Nursing is ramping up it’s own clinical research projects, it was good to identify areas of concern and educate them as to the services the CRS provides to the greater research community here at VCU,” said Art Carpenter, senior financial analyst for the VCU Wright CCTR. “I was happy to walk the audience through requesting quotes for services and procedures from our identified ancillary services.”

Click here to view the presentation slideshow.

Shirley Helm, M.S., CCRP, manager of clinical trial administration for the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services
Alanda Perry Jones, MA, CCRP, clinical trials specialist for the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services
Joelle Lemmons, RN, BSN, MS, nurse manager for the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services
Art Carpenter, senior financial analyst for the VCU Wright CCTR


Dr. Moeller Discusses Clinical Research with Visiting Italian Medical Students

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The VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research proudly welcomed nine medical students from the Università Campus Bio-Medico in Roma, Italy to VCU for a two and a half week program titled, “A Primer on Clinical and Translational Research.”

The program took place from Monday, Sept. 5 to Saturday, Sept. 24, during which time the Italian students attended lectures on clinical and translational research with Antonio Abbate, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services, and associate chair of the VCU Scientific Review Committee, and other esteemed VCU scientists and researchers. 

The students also visited the Richmond Academy of Medicine (RAM) building to meet with F. Gerard Moeller, M.D., director of the VCU Wright CCTR, who sat down with the group to discuss the value of clinical research and the paths to a research career. 

“As a medical professional, there is always a pull to just do clinical work because the career path of a researcher is difficult,” Moeller said. “But the work done by researchers is a vital component of the scientific field and there are many funding opportunities, fellowships, and mentors available to support you along your path.”

Dr. Moeller also stressed the importance of young scientists finding a good team and supportive institution. He explained the functions and services of the various programs offered to researchers by the VCU Wright CCTR, including protected time in the form of the KL2 (formerly known as K12) scholar program. The KL2 provides substantial salary support and $25,000 in start-up funds for faculty-level clinical and translational scientists near the beginning of their investigative careers. 

The Italian medical students’ visit to VCU was made possible by a cooperative partnership between VCU and the Università Campus Bio-Medico. This past June, five American students in their 3rd and 4th years of VCU’s medical program visited Italy for three weeks as part of an intensive training program dedicated to generating enthusiasm for research and exposing VCU students to medical practices abroad. 



First image up top: F Gerard Moeller, M.D., director of the VCU Wright CCTR , presents a lecture on the value of clinical research