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


You are hereby encouraged to contact Gregory Thornton, Program Manager, at gthornton@jhmi.edu or 410-614-3997.

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 http://www.lrp.nih.gov.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.