What is this service?

The Mentored Clinical Scientists Career Development (MICHR K) award is a two-year award that provides protected time for a clinician scientist to focus on conducting clinical research.

Awardees receive a KL2 grant through MICHR that includes: 75% protected time (50% protected time for surgical subspecialties), $25,000 for research, and $5,000 for career development expenses annually.

MICHR K scholars have access to a wide variety of benefits:

  • Seminars and workshops in clinical and translational research methodology

  • MICHR Post-doctoral Career Development Seminar

  • Research and career development guidance from a multidisciplinary mentoring team

  • National exposure through participation in the Association of Clinical and Translational Science annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Applications follow the K23 application format, requiring the following elements: a plan for training and career development, a clinical research proposal intended to lead to future clinical trials, a description of a strong mentoring arrangement, and a specific budget with budget justification.

Who can use this service?

University of Michigan early-career faculty and mid-career health care professionals initiating careers in clinical research are encouraged to apply. Each applicant should hold an advanced professional degree (i.e. DDS, JD, MD, PharmD, or PhD) with a clinical or health focus, and must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident.

Candidates must obtain a funding commitment by their department chair and display clear potential for academic success. Individuals already applying for another K award cannot apply for the MICHR K award.

When should I contact MICHR about this service?

When you are at the cusp of pursuing independent research and are in need of protected time to focus on your career development, you should consider applying for the MICHR KL2 award. To ensure that applicants prepare competitive proposals, candidates are strongly encouraged to contact us as soon as they decide to apply for the MICHR K. 

Applications are due October 1, 2019 for the 2020 cohort.

How much does this service cost?

There is no cost for this service. The cost pricing/recharge rates for this and other MICHR services are available here.


To learn more, read our FAQ or view the application.


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