Mayo Clinic provides Business Objects, an online accounting software application, for tracking time and expenses within a research budget.
KL2 Program scholars have up to $25,000 each year to support their research. Funds are available as of July 1.
Each KL2 scholar receives a unique posting account unit (PAU) and activity number to track expenses (research activity). Scholars also meet with their finance team quarterly to review budgets.
For effort certification purposes, scholars are responsible for charging their time to the unique PAU and activity number (effort activity). Scholars should note that activity numbers change each grant year.
Scholars are also responsible for certifying their percent effort every month, as certification is tracked to verify compliance to the grant. If effort certification falls below the approved 75% effort (50% for surgical specialties), the education coordinator, program director or both will contact scholars and their department chairs for corrective steps. Failure to maintain the 75% effort may result in loss of funding.
Scholars should keep both their research and clinical administrators informed about their responsibilities in the KL2 Program so that their efforts are correctly reflected. Scholars having difficulty maintaining the appropriate effort should contact KL2 Program leadership immediately to resolve any time concerns.
KL2 scholars receive travel expenses of up to $2,500 a year. Attendance at the Association for Clinical and Translational Science's Translational Science meeting in Washington, D.C., is required at least once during the funded period.
If not used, travel funds do not carry forward to the next year. Review Mayo's trip policy (must be logged in to the Mayo Clinic network) for guidance on the use of trip days and research time for trips.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires that you cite the CTSA grant if you received training or funding through CCaTS — which all KL2 scholars do — or if you used any CCaTS services to support your research. CCaTS also relies on these citations as a critical performance measure when reporting productivity (publications) to NIH each year. Including appropriate citations is a key component to pursuing grant renewals and additional funding.
Scholars should note KL2 funding on their curriculum vitae and biosketches using the following citation format:
Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science, KL2 Mentored Career Development Award. Funded by National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (KL2 TR002379).
The CCaTS Education Contacts page contains a listing of team members who can assist you with questions.