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KL2 Career Development Award

The Multidisciplinary Career Development Program (KL2) is a National Center for Advancing Translational Science (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 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.

About the Program

 Eligibility & How to Apply

This program is for early career investigators who have or will have a faculty appointment at the time of receiving the award. Individuals belonging to groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences (e.g., certain racial, ethnic, and gender minorities and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and individuals with disabilities) are strongly encouraged to apply to this program.

Please see the RFA for more detailed eligibility requirements.

View the RFA

 Info Session Recordings

 Recent KL2 News

Pregnant Gen Zers, Millennials Twice as Likely to Develop Hypertension in Pregnancy 
Gen Zers and millennials are approximately two times more likely to be newly diagnosed with high blood pressure during pregnancy, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study led by KL2 alumna Sadiya Khan.

Three Feinberg Researchers Named KL2 Scholars
Three Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine early-career investigators have joined the NUCATS Institute's KL2 Multidisciplinary Career Development Program.

Yanez Named Associate Director of Northwestern’s KL2 Program 
Betina Yanez, PhD, associate professor of Medical Social Sciences, has been named associate director of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute’s KL2 Program.

Northwestern receives $18.1M to study the most common type of heart failure
Diastolic heart failure affects 2.5M Americans; little is known about its causes, how to treat it.

SuperAger Study Expands Nationally with $20 Million Grant
Scientists search for protective factors that enhance brain’s resistance to Alzheimer’s disease and wear-and-tear of aging.

Questioning Dogma: Study Sheds New Light on Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction
Ravi Patel became involved in the research through his KL2 mentor Sanjiv Shah, MD, who was the principal investigator on the project.

Study: Neighborhood Poverty Associated With Heart Failure
Patients who live in high-poverty neighborhoods were nearly twice as likely to develop incident heart failure than those who live in low-poverty neighborhoods.

 Frequently Asked Questions

The NUCATS Institute has compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding the KL2 application process.

Download the FAQ

Meet Our Team

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Faculty Director

Dr. Sharma

Leena Sharma, MD
Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) and Preventive Medicine
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Associate Faculty Director

Dr. Yanez

Betina Yanez, PhD
Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences
For questions:

Senior Project Coordinator

Megan Barrowman

Morgan Barrowman
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