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Program Milestones

While recognizing that each KL2 scholar will have his or her own individualized program and timeline, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) will track specific program milestones.

After you are accepted to the KL2 Mentored Career Development Program, an orientation is scheduled for March or April with you, your mentors and program leadership to provide information regarding milestones, requirements, timelines and expectations.

Milestone 1: Research proposal and career development plan

Submission of your detailed research proposal, in PHS 398 format, and career development plan is required by May 15 prior to the start of your funding year. Submit your proposal according to National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines for an R01 application.

Your career development plan will include specific details about your career goals, mentoring and training. Details will be discussed at your program orientation meeting.

Milestone 2: Annual NIH progress report and internal progress report

NIH progress report

This report is required by NIH. You and your mentors will complete this form annually, and it will be submitted to NIH by CCaTS.

Internal progress report

This report is required by CCaTS. Your first year, a template is provided to you. For the remainder of your award years, you will be sent your previous year's report to add your achievements and progress.

Both the NIH progress report and the internal progress report templates will be provided to you in early February and are due to the KL2 education specialist by March 15.

Milestone 3: Annual review with CCaTS Education Resources

In your first and third years, you will meet with the CCaTS Postdoctoral Programs Executive Committee to discuss your program progress and goals for the next year, including publications and grant applications. This meeting takes place in the spring.

Milestone 4: Didactics

The following courses are required to ensure each scholar leaves our program with a set of core competencies. However, prior completions of the required courses are accepted.

Course Credits
CTSC 5300: Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology 1
CTSC 5310: Clinical Epidemiology II 1
CTSC 5600: Statistics in Clinical Research 2
CORE 6000: Responsible Conduct of Research 1
CTSC 5080: Introduction to Health Disparities 1
Total 6

Milestone 5: Meetings, workshops and presentations


  • Scholar Forum.
  • Grand Rounds. CCaTS Grand Rounds are held on Fridays from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Translational Science Meeting. Held every April in Washington, D.C., travel expenses are covered by the grant. You are required to attend at least one meeting and participate by submitting an abstract and registering for the mock study section. Early registration is encouraged, as the mock study section fills quickly.
  • Other specialty meetings. As identified by your mentors.



  • Scholar Forum: End of grant year 1. During the first year of your appointment, you will present your progress to the current KL2 scholars.
  • CCaTS Postdoctoral Committee: End of grant year 2. During your second year of your appointment, you will present your progress to CCaTS Scientific Review Board members. Your mentors are encouraged to attend. Following your presentation, you will be provided with written feedback regarding your progress and plans for the next year.
  • CCaTS Grand Rounds: End of grant year 3. During your final year in the KL2 Program, you will present your research findings to date at CCaTS Grand Rounds.

Milestone 6: Grant application submission

One marker of your success in the KL2 Program is your ability to obtain extramural grant funding to support your research career.

The CCaTS Postdoctoral Programs Committee requires that you prepare and submit a grant application to a peer-reviewed funding source by the end of year two of your KL2 Program. Grant applications to intramural funding opportunities are also encouraged during this time.

Milestone 7: Outcomes reporting

At the end of your grant, you will complete an exit survey, mentorship survey and CTRAI post-program survey, and participate in an exit interview.

Upon completion of the KL2 Program, you will submit a current National Institutes of Health (NIH) biosketch that documents your current publications, grant support, academic rank and other academic activities.

We also request that you respond to our annual tracking survey as well as provide us with an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a general update about your professional achievements on a regular basis.


Our Education Contacts page contains a listing of team members who can assist you with questions.

  • Aug 1, 2017
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