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The Multidisciplinary Career Development Program (KL2) is a NCATS-sponsored career development award supporting early-career faculty at Northwestern. It is designed to train a diverse workforce of investigators to drive future innovation and implement effective clinical and translational research.

The program, led by Co-Director Leena Sharma, MD, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, and Co-Director Tamara Isakova, MD, MMSc, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology includes robust mentoring teams to assess the educational needs of the individual scholars and to provide them with personalized career development opportunities. In addition, it provides career development resources (formal coursework, peer mentoring, and career guidance) to scholars across disparate areas of expertise.

The award includes salary support and additional resources to ensure protected time for mentored research and didactic training in clinical research. Information about current research funded by the KL2 can be found on our scholar profiles page.

Request for Applications 

The 2021 KL2 Request for Applications is scheduled to be released in early October.


Participating Institutions: