The NIH-funded CTSC supports highly qualified junior faculty to conduct mentored, multidisciplinary, patient-oriented clinical research. Clinical research is defined as (a) patient oriented research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin) that includes mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, and/or development of new technologies; (b) epidemiologic and behavioral studies; (c) health services and outcomes research. The period of support is for 2 years but may extend for up to 3 years.


The goal of the program is to accelerate the career development of promising junior faculty, promoting their development as independent clinical multidisciplinary research investigators. The program will provide selected scholars with a salary of $110,000 plus benefits (up to $145,090 in salary and benefits combined), as well as $25,000 for travel and research expenses each year. Travel to the annual CTSA Translational Science meeting is mandatory in the first two years, and submission of an abstract is required for reimbursement of travel expenses, and submission of an abstract is required for reimbursement of travel expenses. Scholars in the KL2 program will:

  • Obtain additional research training through participation in coursework, workshops, and/or individualized programs of study.
  • Conduct a rigorous multidisciplinary clinical/patient-oriented research investigation relevant to their research interests.
  • Be mentored by senior investigators from diverse backgrounds with a demonstrated track record of successfully developing the careers of junior colleagues.
  • Utilize, and participate in, the activities and resources of the UC Davis CTSC, as well as a nation-wide consortium of 60 other NIH-funded CTSA sites. This will include a commitment to presenting their research progress at meetings and in seminars.

Call for Applications

Scholar Success

January 15, 2020

CTSC KL2 scholar Ian Koebner — A creative approach to addressing chronic pain

“Chronic pain is a complex condition,” said Ian Koebner, an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and the director of Integrative Pain Management at UC Davis Medical Center. “It affects the body, the mind, and can significantly impact social interactions. More than 100 million American adults suffer from chronic pain, which is more than those stricken with heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. We are trying to identify ways to more effectively address the problems associated with ongoing pain.”

November 18, 2019

Lisa BrownCTSC KL2 scholar Lisa Brown —  Lung Cancer Awareness, importance of screening

As part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we had a Facebook Live conversation on Nov. 19 with thoracic surgeon Lisa Brown of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. Watch the recording to learn about lung cancer screening and more.