UCLA CTSI K Award Bridge Grant 2023
Request for Applications (RFA)

Deadline Extended to September 15, 2023

Important Dates
Application due date: September 15, 2023 by 5:00pm
Award notification: End of September 2023
Funding period: October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2025

The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute is pleased to announce the UCLA CTSI K Award Bridge Grant for highly qualified junior faculty who conduct mentored, interdisciplinary, translational research. Eligible junior faculty at one of the four UCLA CTSI institutions are invited to apply for a one-time bridging grant for up to $130,000 per year for 2 years.

This bridge funding is specifically intended to help junior faculty who have submitted a NIH K award grant (mentored career development scientist award) within the last 12 months and have received competitive scores on their proposal. This funding will support the faculty member and provide additional time for productivity as they strengthen their proposal for resubmission. This program emphasizes systems biology, clinical pharmacology and translational, community-partnered interventions to prepare trainees for interdisciplinary team science in all populations, across the life cycle. Diseases that disproportionately affect minority populations are a particular focus.

Who May Apply
Applicants must:

  • Be full-time junior faculty, including clinical instructors and assistant professors, at one of the four UCLA CTSI institutions (Cedars-Sinai, Charles R. Drew, Lundquist Institute at Harbor-UCLA, and UCLA Westwood) seeking a career in interdisciplinary, translational research.
  • Have a doctoral-level research or professional degree. Candidates should have the potential to lead excellent interdisciplinary teams and to become outstanding translational science investigators who will make an important impact on health.
  • Be the Principal Investigator (PI) on a recently submitted (in the last 12 months) and reviewed early career NIH K award (K01, K02, K07, K08, K22, K23, K25, K76 and K99/R00) application that was scored but not funded.  If you applied for the 2023 CTSI KL2 Award, you are not eligible.
  • Be eligible for NIH K funding.
  • Commit a minimum of 75% full-time professional effort to conduct research.
  • Not have received an equivalent NIH K, K12/KL2 or other equivalent career development award.
  • Plan to resubmit the NIH K application in response to the review within the next 12 months.

Scholar Selection Criteria
The following criteria will be used to select K Award Bridge Scholars:

  • Highly scored, but unfunded NIH K award applications submitted in the last 12 months with addressable concerns.
  • Quality and innovation of the research proposed for the award period.
  • Need for career development funding.
  • Research productivity and academic performance to date.
  • Proposed training environment and mentorship team.

The Award
CTSI K Award Bridge Grant recipients will receive 2 years of funding or until receipt of an individual NIH K award (or equivalent grant from the Veterans Administration or foundation), whichever comes first.  The following table lists the maximum allowable annual amounts for salary, fringe benefits, research expenses, tuition, travel, and statistical support.  If selected for this award, you will be asked to provide a budget and budget justifications at that time.

KL2 Allowable Amounts tabke

Application Packet
Please CLICK HERE to submit your online application packet by 5:00pm on September 15, 2023 to include the following required items:

  1. A copy of the most recently submitted K award application materials on Standard Forms SF424 (R&R).
  2. NIH Summary Statement.
  3. Current NIH Biosketch.

Questions??? Contact Lisa Chan at CTSIWD@mednet.ucla.edu.