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K-to-R Transition Program

The “K-to-R” Transition Program was implemented in response to the growing need to enhance the transition from mentored career development awards (K’s) to independent awards (R’s). The ICTR’s Training, Education, & Career Development Programs has partnered with the Office of Faculty Development and the Professional Development and Career Office to provide oversight, support, resources, and networking opportunities for K-level mentored awardees.  To address some of the needs and overcome the barriers identified, this program links available resources for preparation of future R grant submissions, including individual or small group mentoring and an annual retreat for engaged mentored awardees. Please contact our program … Continue reading

Questions about the Clinical Research Scholars Program?

What career stage is appropriate for potential KL2 Scholars?

Junior faculty (within their first 5 years) who are interested in developing academic and research expertise and plan to conduct, or are conducting, clinical research. If you are currently in your last fellowship year and have a pending faculty appointment beginning on or prior to July 1, 2015, you may be eligible.

How long are appointments in the Clinical Research Scholars program?

Clinical Research Scholars is a three-year program with the KL2 award providing the first two years and the Scholars’ nominating department/division providing the third.

How may I find out if I’m eligible to apply?

Please see our eligibility requirements. To be eligible for the KL2 award, each of the listed criteria must be met. We are committed to a program that embraces racial, ethnic, gender and disciplinary diversity, and we encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and clinical disciplines.

Am I eligible if I have already had a K23 award or another award?

Individuals are not eligible if they have been PI on an R01 award, a subproject of a program project (P01) or center project (P50, P60, U54), a mentored career development (K) award, or other equivalent research grant. However, they are eligible if have had support from a NRSA (F or T) or NIH small grant (R03).

Am I eligible if I have a pending K application to NIH?

No, NIH policy does not permit multiple K applications under review simultaneously.

Are non-U.S. citizens eligible for this KL2 program?

U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and non-citizen nationals are eligible, but not those on temporary or student visas. Proof of status will be required prior to official appointment.

How do I apply?

Application materials must be submitted via our online application system, located at

What is the timetable for applications and selection?

Applications are evaluated by a multidisciplinary selection committee based on prior training, research, and commitment to a clinical research career, as well as potential to excel. Reviews will take place in mid-to-late January, selected candidates will likely be interviewed in February and candidates will be notified of their status by mid-March. Applicants not selected to interview are removed from consideration and will not be waitlisted.

How many Clinical Research Scholars will be selected?

If we are funded, we anticipate appointing approximately 5 new scholars on July 1, 2015.

What is the success rate?

It varies from year to year but averages 33% for faculty that are eligible have completed all required components of the application.

Can I reapply to the program if I did not get in the first time?

Yes, of course you may reapply to the program. However, reapplying does not guarantee admittance.

If I am offered an award but cannot accept, may I defer my acceptance to a year later?

No, but you are welcome to reapply during the following year.

Will I be at a disadvantage coming from a division where a Scholar already was selected?

No, all applications are evaluated individually on their merit. Given the quality of the applicant pool, awardees will need to exhibit extraordinary capabilities and potential no matter their department/division/school.

Is tuition paid by the grant?

Yes, resources for tuition are available for scholars’ formal degree programs and approved courses that are in alignment with the scholars’ required curriculum, research training, and career development goals. Please be aware that tuition support paid on behalf of faculty is considered taxable income.

Are there exceptions to the 80% professional effort requirement?

Yes, but this is extremely rare. Exceptions to the 80% effort requirement may be made for limited specialties (e.g., surgical specialties requiring greater clinical effort to maintain surgical skills), but any exceptions must be sufficiently justified and approved by both the program and our Grants Management Specialist at NCATS.

Can KL2 Scholars use other federal grants to support the other 20% of their salary?

No, KL2 Scholars may not receive salary support from other US Public Health Service sources (NIH, CDC, FDA, etc). Non-federal grants can be used to support the remaining effort. Grants from private foundations, voluntary organizations (Heart Association, Cancer Society), and professional societies are all acceptable.

Does receiving a KL2 award make one ineligible to apply for a future K08 or K23?

No, appointed KL2 scholars may apply for K08 or K23 support. If successful, they move from one mechanism to the other. However, the total combined K award time can’t exceed 6 years depending upon the guidelines of individual institutes within NIH. The goal is to have KL2 awardees “graduate” as quickly as possible to NIH funding. Typically, this would be an NIH career development award in the K series.

May I apply if I do not have a faculty appointment yet?

No, a faculty appointment in Medicine, Public Health, Nursing or Engineering is required for the KL2 appointment. If you are currently in your last fellowship year but will be appointed to the faculty on or before July 1, 2015, you will need to submit a letter from the department/division indicating this pending appointment in your application.

Will KL2 Scholars be given office space?

There is limited office space available for KL2 scholars in the program office, based on need and availability.

If I accept a position at another institution, may I transfer my KL2 award there?

No, the KL2 is an institutional career development award granted to the Johns Hopkins Institute of Clinical and Translational Research. Awards are non-transferrable. Scholars who leave Johns Hopkins will have their award terminated and will not be able to continue to receive funding from the Clinical Research Scholars program.

Are KL2 scholars eligible to apply for the NIH Loan Repayment Program?

Absolutely, many KL2 Scholars have successfully applied for the Loan Repayment Program. More information about this program is available at

If I have additional questions that are not covered here, who can I contact?

You are encouraged to contact Stacey Marks, Program Manager, at or 410-502-0454.


Apply to the Program

Medical Students: You must apply to a degree program, see the websites listed below for specific instructions: MPH: Application Website.  MHS in Epidemiology: Application Website   MSE in Bioengineering Innovation and Design: Application Website A supplemental application to the Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program is required. Nursing Students: This program is only open to trainees who will be entering their 2nd year of higher in the SON PhD program as of matriculation (July 1 following application). Our selection committee will need to review your previous PhD application. Once you have completed the supplemental application, you must e-mail Stacey Marks ( a filled copy of the attached … Continue reading

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Translational Science Conference 2018 – TL1 Trainee Poster Presentations          


Application Deadline – December 1st (MPH/MHS) & January 2nd (MSE and Nursing) PCRTP Monthly Program Meetings: 3rd Mondays of the month, 12-1:20pm August-June 2024 E Monument Street, Suite 1-500Q


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Program Organization

Program Director: Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH, Director Professor of Medicine and Health, Behavior and Society Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research Program Associate Directors: Elizabeth Selvin, PhD, MPH, Associate Director Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research Sarah Szanton Sarah Szanton, PhD, ANP, FAAN, Associate Director Associate Professor of Nursing The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Academic Program Manager: Stacey Marks, MS Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Oversight Committee Members: Daniel Ford, MD, MPH (Co-Chair), Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation; Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management Michael Klag, MD, … Continue reading

Program Experience & Eligibility

This program provides intensive learning experiences that will prepare predoctoral students (MD, PhD) interested in clinical research careers to be exemplary researchers (in any discipline, specialty or subspecialty). Students who are accepted into this program will be exposed to structured curricula through either: a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH concentration in Epidemiologic and Biostatistical Methods for Public Health and Clinical Research) at the Bloomberg School of Public Health a Master’s degree in Health Sciences (MHS concentration in Clinical Epidemiology) at the Bloomberg School of Public Health a Master’s degree in science (MSE) in Bioengineering Innovation and Design at the … Continue reading

About the Program

This program, based out of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is a collaborative effort of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and the Johns Hopkins University Center for BioEngineering Innovation & Design.  Funding for the PCRTP is provided by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) through a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) funded Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Clinical research, the systematic research undertaken to evaluate methods of treating, preventing, or diagnosing disease in humans, is evolving rapidly and … Continue reading

Questions about the Research Coordinator Clinical Trainings?

Can I watch the presentation again?

Yes….log on to MyLearning and click the training link for the course.

If I am audited, what specific documentation am I required to have?

You should have copies of 1) statement of the content of the training with the date of training for each skill (this can be a written statement including the name of the training and the link), 2) copy of a completed competency checklist for each skill.

If we train a study assistant to collect blood samples, is that person allowed to collect blood for other studies?

Yes- remember to keep a statement of the training and skills checklist on file!

What kind of compliance training would a summer volunteer need to take to work on our study?

That would depend on the skills they were going to use as part of the study. If they were doing Blood pressures you would need to have them complete training and competency for that skill. Remember, any person working with study participants must also be named on your IRB application as a study team member and take the required IRB training content.

Where can I get information on the specific policies in the clinical space I use to conduct my research?

You should ask the clinical manager in the specific area that you are working in.

How do I know if a procedure is minimal risk?

You can consult with the IRB if you have a question about a specific procedure not listed in the training. 410-955-3008

How often does my research staff have to re-certify their training?

There are no specific requirements for retraining. A good rule of thumb is every two years. If a staff member is not performing the clinical task often (say hasn’t drawn blood for a year) you should consider retraining and/or an updated skills checklist.

Can the training be done online?

Links to online training are provided on the ICTR website. Skills should be practiced in a “hands on” manner and checklists require physically preforming the skill for a trainer to observe and check off.

Who will track the course completion?

Course completion for the brief module explaining the requirements will be tracked by the IRB through MyLearing. Specific skills training will be the responsibility of the PI and study teams.


Research Coordinator Clinical Trainings

The ICTR has secured training  modules for the most common training needs and provides competency checklists for each skill in the content below. If you have questions please review the FAQ on this page. If your research group does not have the resources to provide clinical skill training and skills check off, this is available on a first come first serve basis through the Clinical Research Units. (see contact information at the bottom of the page.) Height and Weight Download Competency Checklist Link for Online Height and Weight Training Specimen Collection: Midstream (Clean-Voided) Urine Download Competency Checklist Link for Online … Continue reading