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Overview of the Clinical Research Scholars (KL2/K12) Program

The mission of the KL2/K12 program is to develop future leaders in clinical research who are highly trained in clinical research design and methods, skilled in the tools of clinical investigation, and able to work creatively and collaboratively with their colleagues in other disciplines to generate new knowledge to improve health.

We do this by:

  • providing individuals with rigorous training leading to an advanced degree
  • helping them to develop and execute a clinical research project
  • matching scholars with mentors

The Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Scholars Program (JHCRS) is a joint effort of many entities. Our funding, administration and resources are provided by the ICTR. The Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research (and its Clinical Epidemiology Program) and the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation (GTPCI), both multidisciplinary enterprises of the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health provide career development support including rigorous didactic training in a supportive work environment as well as mentorship. The Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing are also key components of the program.

JHCRS is a three-year commitment. Often year one is devoted to didactic studies. Year two is devoted to a research project, any remaining academic requirements, and submission of K or other career development award (e.g. K23, K08, K01). Year three is a continuation of research efforts and grant writing.

All KL2/K12 scholars will be required to fulfill the following requirements while in the program (subject to change):

  • Submit an abstract and attend the annual ACTS Conference
  • Attend Grants-In-Progress and CATALiST Seminars  – 1st Tuesday of each month, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Present once per year during Grants in Progress
  • Schedule regular meetings with their mentor(s)
  • Submit a yearly budget justification and progress report