Translational Workforce Development

Career Development Awards

The overall aim of ICTR Career Development awards is to develop a diverse and multidisciplinary clinical and translational research workforce. Awardees and their research mentors reflect the scope of the ICTR partners. While scholars are drawn primarily from the UW Schools of Medicine & Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine, the College of Engineering, and Marshfield Clinic, successful applicants have been affiliated with almost all of the UW-Madison schools and colleges. Programs include a TL1 Pre-Doctoral Award, a TL1 Post-Doctoral Award, a KL2 Scholars Program, and the AHEAD Pilot Award. In addition to these offerings, ICTR also supports Certificate Programs in Fundamentals of Clinical Research and Clinical and Community Outcomes Research.

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TL1 Postdoctoral Training Program - Rolling Applications due Oct 1 and April 1

The goal of the ICTR TL1 Postdoctoral Program is to recruit and train individuals of diverse backgrounds and research interests in translational science. The program will support mentored training of U.S. citizens or permanent residents with professional doctoral degrees, providing salary and training support at the NIH rate. Training will focus on preparation for academic or leadership careers, supporting individualized research specialization, along with academic skills in leadership and team science, writing, responsible conduct of research, and rigor and reproducibility.

Funding is typically provided for two years, with an option of a third year of funding under extenuating circumstances. Successful applicants will have already identified a UW mentor, will have funding to complete the proposed research, and will have a letter of support from a department chair, indicating their potential to enter a faculty position when the fellowship is finished. It is anticipate the postdoctoral fellow will be supported by independent training grants, career development awards, or other types of extramural funding at the completion of the program.

We expect trainees to gain competency in both the fundamentals of research design & data science and in regulatory & research ethics through a variety of courses, workshops, and seminars. Additionally, the candidate will identify other domain-specific training appropriate for their career development program.

Eligibility is limited to applicants who are applying for or currently holding a postdoctoral position, academic staff, or non-tenure track faculty title series. In most cases, after completion of the TL1 Postdoctoral award, the trainee will be appointed to the faculty at UW Madison or elsewhere (tenure track or non-tenure track title series).

Biannual Admissions

Most applications should be made on Oct 1 or April 1 for appointment start dates of Jan 1 and July 1, respectively.We require an email notifying us of your intent to apply at least one week in advance of the application deadline. Please email Ana Garić, Career Development Coordinator (, who will provide a link to the Qualtrics form for uploading the application.

Additional submission dates (July 1 or Jan 1) are available for individuals outside of UW who are applying for an early decision prior to joining UW (A UW faculty mentor must be identified, and the appointment dates will stay the same).  UW-based trainees do not qualify for an early decision.

TL1 Postdoctoral Training Program RFA (PDF)

To apply, review the application requirements in detail and plan with your mentor and department chair. Due to NIH requirements, we highly recommended you consult with us prior to applying.  Please direct questions about the application process or training support to

TL1 Postdoctoral Application Instructions and Forms

TL1 Postdoc Application Instructions (PDF)
TL1 Postdoctoral Application Form (Applicant Info, Title, Abstract) (PDF)
Mentor Information (PDF)
Applicant Demographics (PDF)
Individualized Development Plan (PDF)  (UW Resources)
Sample Training Timeline Plan (PDF) (Additional Suggestions)

Funding for appointments starting July 1, 2022, is subject to competitive renewal of the ICTR Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health.

TL1 Predoctoral Training Program - Next Deadline Spring 2022

The goal of the ICTR TL1 Predoctoral Program is to train future clinical and translational leaders and to introduce UW health-care professional and engineering students to the scientific foundation of this discipline. It builds on existing, strong clinical and translational training programs in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, and the College of Engineering.

Trainees earn a stipend, health insurance, tuition and fees, and a travel allowance. They participate in biennial mentor meetings attended by ICTR leadership and monthly writing workshops.

***Please note that there are two separate application types, one for individual trainees and mentors, and one for teams of two trainees and two mentors applying together***

Application Deadline: April 9, 2021
Award Announcement: May 17, 2021
Appointments Begin: July 1 or Sept. 1, 2021

2021 TL1 RFA Individual Trainee (PDF)

2021 TL1 RFA Team (RFA)

KL2 Scholars Program - 2021 RFA Released, for July 2022 Start Date

This award supports junior faculty at UW Madison pursuing and actively engaged in translational research and who are committed to developing an independent research program. Funded by NIH, three scholars are awarded for two years; additional time in the program is possible upon review of scholar progress and need.

Deadlines for the current application cycle (Awards beginning July 1, 2022)

  • RFA Release Date: June 2021
  • Dean/Chair Nomination Letter Receipt:  July 30, 2021
  • Mandatory Information Sessions (attend one): August 5 or 9, 2021
  • Application Receipt: Oct 1, 2021
  • Study Section: Oct 2021
  • Award Selection: Dec 2021
  • Award Just in Time: Jan 2022
  • Award Announcement: Jan 2022
  • Appointment Start Date: July 1, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Download the RFA (PDF)

Please direct KL2 Program questions to Ana Garic,

AHEAD Program Pilot Awards – 2021 Deadline Passed

The UW ICTR Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD) Program Pilot Award is a mechanism for investigators associated with the AHEAD Program and other UW post-doctoral scholars/junior faculty focused on health equity research to gain experience in translational research that will facilitate their future career development. Specifically, this pilot award program seeks to support post-doctoral scholars who embrace an interdisciplinary approach to research, including those who genuinely engage community partners & stakeholders.

Application for the 2021 AHEAD Pilot Program

RFA Release: Jan 21, 2021
Informational Video Posting: Feb 23, 2021 at 4pm
>> View info video here
Mandatory Letter of Intent Due: March 9, 2021 by noon
Q&A Session: April 6, 2021 at 3pm
Application Deadline: April 20, 2021 by noon
Award Announcement: June/July 2021
AHEAD Projects Begin: July 1, 2021, earliest

2021 AHEAD Pilot Program RFA (PDF)
2021 AHEAD Pilot Program Application Forms (Word Docx)

Helpful: Article discussing Pilot vs Feasibility studies

Funded Projects in Previous Rounds – Descriptions. 

Please direct questions to Caitlin Scott, AHEAD Pilot Grants Administrator,

CTSA Translational Research Fellowship - Full Applications Due Jan 14, 2022

These two-year fellowships will prepare residency-trained veterinary specialists to undertake research projects with high potential for translation to human disease.

For Potential Mentors:

The UW School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) and CTSA One Health Alliance (COHA) are recruiting descriptions of potential fellowship opportunities from mentors appropriate for research training of veterinary specialists. These fellowship opportunities should include a clear translational research program for a veterinary specialist, an interdisciplinary mentor team with a mix of backgrounds, active NIH or comparable federal funding for at least one mentor, and a clear mentorship and collaboration plan. A potential fellow should not be identified in the pre-submission.

  • Pre-submissions describing your fellowship opportunity should be submitted to Dr. Lauren Trepanier ( by July 15, 2021, for an anticipated fellowship start date in August 2022.
  • Opportunities will be screened and posted on the CTSA One Health Alliance (COHA) website by Aug 15, 2021, for advertisement to board certified veterinary specialists and those completing specialty clinical training.
  • COHA fellowship trainer submission form (5.3.21)

For Fellowship Applicants:

  • Anticipated release of RFA and application materials is Summer 2021.
  • Full applications, prepared by the fellow and mentor team, will be due on January 14, 2022. Components of the full proposal, due later, can be found on the COHA website.  Full fellowship applications will be reviewed by the COHA Clinician Scientist Education Subcommittee, joined by an interdisciplinary team of additional reviewers assembled based on pre-submission topics.
  • Funding decisions will be announced in Feb 2022, for an Aug 2022 start date. All regulatory compliance documents (approved IACUC or IRB protocols, consent forms, and human clinical trial protections if applicable) must be approved at the mentoring institution prior to the fellow start date.

Please contact Robert Rebhun, or Lauren Trepanier, if you have questions about this opportunity.