Career Development Awards

Two scientists observe ocular tissue samples with microscopic detail (NEI). This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Copyright © Rhoda Baer PhotographyThe 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 - April 1, 2021, for July 2021 Start

The goal of the ICTR TL1 Postdoctoral Program is to train individuals holding professional doctoral degrees, facilitate differentiation/specialization of participants along various contemporary clinical and translational pathways, and prepare them for academic development supported by training grants, career development awards, or other types of extramural funding.

We expect trainees to gain competency in two areas,  1) fundamentals of research design & data science, and 2) regulatory & research ethics, through a variety of courses, workshops, seminars, etc.

Eligibility is limited to applicants who are either currently in a non-tenure track faculty title series or academic staff, who upon successful completion of the TL1 Postdoctoral award, will be appointed to the UW Madison faculty (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. Mandatory Letters of Intent (LOI) are due two weeks in advance of each application deadline.

Additional submission dates (July 1 or Jan 1) are 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; updated Feb 22, 2021)

To apply, review the application requirements in detail and plan with your mentor and department chair. Please direct questions about the application process or training support to Ana Garić, Career Development Coordinator, At least one week prior to the deadline, contact her to request a link to the Qualtrics submission form for application materials.

TL1 Predoctoral Training Program - Updated Application Forms Coming Soon for April 9, 2021, Deadline

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.

TLI Program FAQs (PDF) updated Jan 13, 2020

Application for the 2020 TL1 Predoctoral Program will be released early in Jan 2020.

***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 1, 2020
Award Announcement: May 15, 2020
Appointments Begin: July 1, Sept 1, Dec 1 2020

2020 TL1 Predoctoral Training Program RFA (Individual)

2020 TL1 Predoctoral Training Program RFA (Team)

Online application forms and instructions will be sent to individuals upon request. Please direct questions to Sally Wedde, TL1 Program Coordinator,

Two information sessions for the team trainee application will be held in Spring 2020.

KL2 Scholars Program - 2020 Deadline Passed

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 previous application cycle (Awards beginning July 1, 2021)

  • RFA Release Date: June 2020
  • Dean/Chair Nomination Letter Receipt:  July 31, 2020
  • Mandatory Information Sessions (attend one): August 5 & 7, 2020
  • Application Receipt: Oct 1, 2020
  • Scientific Peer Review: Oct 2020
  • Finalist Selection: Nov 11, 2020
  • Study Section & Award Selection: Dec 2020
  • Award Just in Time: Jan 2021
  • Award Announcement: end of Jan 2021
  • Appointment Start Date: July 1, 2021

The next round of nominations will begin in Summer 2020 for July 2021 appointments.

Please direct KL2 Program questions to Ana Garic,

AHEAD Program Pilot Awards – Letter of Intent Due March 9, 2021

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 - 2020 Deadline Passed

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.

For Fellowship Applicants:

  • Anticipated release of RFA and application materials is Summer 2020.
  • Full applications, prepared by the fellow and mentor team, will be due on January 11, 2021. 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 2021, for an Aug 2021 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 Dr. Robert Rebhun, or Dr. Lauren Trepanier, if you have questions about this opportunity.