KL2 On-Line Information Session – View It Here!

If you were not able to attend or view the on-line information for the KL2 Scholar Program, you may view the video now.

You may also refer to our FAQ page here –  KL2 FAQs 2018-08-31

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.

Questions

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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KL2 Alumna, Dr Esra Sahingur, honored by WISDM

Congratulations to Dr. S. Esra Sahingur as the 2018 Women in Science, Dentistry, and Medicine Professional Achievement Award winner in Dentistry. This award recognizes excellence in leadership, advocacy and mentoring. Dr. Sahingur is a noted research in periodontics and systemic relationships to oral disease.  She is also a Wright Center KL2 Scholar alumna.

The Wright Center’s KL2 program, established in 2010, is 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. The broad ranging educational programs of the Wright Center and the KL2 will continue to expand research capacity in Virginia, nationally, and across the network of CTSA hubs capitalizing on strengths in Community Engaged Research, Team Science, and Informatics. 

For more information about the Wright Center and its training programs for faculty, including the KL2 and Emerging Scholars programs, please contact Dr. Pam Dillon, Research Liason.  

Dr. S. Esra Sahingur Presents Periodontitis Research at West Hospital

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S. Esra Sahingur, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Periodontics for the VCU School of Dentistry and former Center for Clinical and Translation Research (CCTR) KL2 scholar, gave a presentation titled, “A New Paradigm in the Pathogenesis of Periodontitis: Intracellular Innate Sensors and Emerging Therapeutic Targets,” at the West Hospital’s Cardiology Conference Room on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

An R01 grant-recipient, Sahingur is studying the cause of periodontitis, an inflammation of gums that can lead to tooth loss and additional health complications if not treated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47.2% of U.S. adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.

Click here to learn more about Sahingur’s research and R01 grant.

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First image up top: S. Esra Sahingur, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Periodontics for the VCU School of Dentistry and former Center for Clinical and Translation Research (CCTR) KL2 scholar