Program Milestones

While recognizing that each KL2 scholar has his or her own individualized program and timeline, Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) tracks specific program milestones.

After acceptance to the KL2 Mentored Career Development Program, an orientation is scheduled for March or April with incoming scholars, their mentors and program leadership to provide information regarding milestones, requirements, timelines and expectations.

Milestone 1: Research proposal and career development plan

Submission of a detailed research proposal in PHS 398 format, Human Subjects Protections prior approval documents (if applicable) and career development plan is required by May 15 prior to the start of the funding year. Proposals should be submitted according to National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines for an R01 application.

The career development plan includes specific details about the scholar's career goals, mentoring and training. Details are discussed at the program orientation meeting.

Milestone 2: Annual NIH progress report and internal progress report

NIH progress report

This report is required by the NIH. The scholar and his or her mentors complete this form annually, and it is submitted to the NIH by CCaTS.

Internal progress report

This report is required by CCaTS. CCaTS provides scholars with templates in the first year. For the remainder of the award years, scholars are sent their previous year's reports to add their achievements and progress.

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

Milestone 3: Annual review with CCaTS Education Resources

In the first year, each KL2 scholar meets with the CCaTS KL2 Leadership Committee to discuss program progress and goals for the next year, including publications and grant applications. This meeting takes place in the spring. Mentors are encouraged to attend.

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. KL2 Scholars 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 the scholars' mentors.



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

Milestone 6: Grant application submission

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

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

Milestone 7: Outcomes reporting

At the end of his or her grant, each KL2 scholar completes an exit survey, mentorship survey and CTRAI post-program survey, and participates in an exit interview.

Upon completion of the KL2 Program, the scholar submits a current National Institutes of Health (NIH) biosketch that documents his or her current publications, grant support, academic rank and other academic activities.

CCaTS requests that scholars respond to an annual tracking survey and provide an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a general update about professional achievements on a regular basis.


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