The VCU KL2 program is supported by the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award and administered through the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Through the award, the Wright Center provides early-career researchers with dedicated time to help their findings benefit human health more quickly, while becoming successful, independent translational scientists. We engage with a diverse pool of faculty mentors and mentees across a range of disciplines to approach science through a “disease-agnostic” translational lens. This dynamic and responsive program is unlike any other at VCU and is a benefit we provide to researchers as the only academic health center in Virginia to receive a Clinical and Translational Science Award.
There is a national need to increase the clinical and translational research workforce, and to prepare our future research leaders to address existing health care challenges along with the challenges yet to come. VCU is committed to building the commonwealth’s research capacity to meet the health care needs of tomorrow. A key step in this process is providing early-career investigators with the skill sets required to translate their research discoveries into clinical treatments. The KL2 program has been a promoter of such training and is the pinnacle program of a university-wide research capacity-building workforce development plan. The need for training in translational science, the demand for such training, and the availability of a rich environment at VCU to provide such training form the rationale for the Wright Center KL2 program.
The KL2 program has completed enrollment for the current awards cycle.
Clinical Research KL2 Scholars are recruited from a robust and diverse pool of junior faculty within the translational workforce development pipeline at VCU, which includes a number of feeder programs such as T32 programs and the university’s Rising and Emerging Scholar programs. During the three year award, KL2 scholars have 75 percent protected time to pursue a mix of:
Specific competencies, milestones and timelines will be established, monitored, and facilitated by an individual development plan that includes career and content mentorship to support development of skills needed to:
Full-time faculty position (current or offered for external candidates) in one of the schools or colleges at VCU, or partnering institutions, and possession of a terminal degree.
The current KL2 Program awards cycle is complete. Please check back for information on the next awards cycle.
Clinical Research KL2 Scholars are selected by a panel of Wright Center faculty members and will be based upon the potential impact of the candidate’s competitiveness and career development goals and objectives.
Please direct questions about the application process to:
Rob DiRenzo, M.S.
Faculty Professional Development Manager