K Career Development Award Programs and Scholars

CICATS Pre-K Scholar Award Program

Not accepting applications at this time.

Created in 2013, the CICATS Pre-K Scholar Award Program is a 2-year interactive program designed to equip junior faculty with the knowledge and competencies to effectively apply for an NIH Research Career Development Awards (K award) as well as become leaders in clinical and translational science. The long-term goal is to increase the pipeline of researchers applying for K awards and a culture that supports this goal.

The Pre-K Scholar Award Program curriculum assists faculty in writing a successful NIH K award by focusing on finding mentorship, writing specific aims, developing research plan, determining career development needs, obtaining letters of support, institutional support, etc. Pre-K Scholars are awarded 30% protected time, as well as funding for travel to national conferences. (Open to all UConn Health/UConn with the rank of assistant professor. Faculty outside of UConn/UConn Health are eligible to apply only if their respective institution will cover 30% of their protected time and related travel costs.)

Program Goals:

1. Developing the skills needed to compete for a K award
2. Provide Pre-K Scholars with mentoring and career development guidance
3. Provide opportunities to connect with investigators across the UConn campuses


For more information about the program please contact Hanna Koziol at hkoziol@uchc.edu.

2018 Pre-K Scholars

Past Pre-K Scholars:
2016 Cohort
2014 Cohort

Pre-K Program Directors

Pre-k Advisor Dr. Lisa Barry

Lisa C. Barry, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
UConn Center on Aging

Pre-K Advisor Dr. Lisa Barry

Mark Litt, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Community Health, UConn School of Dental Medicine
UConn Psychiatry
UConn Obstetrics and Gynecology

Pre-K Advisor Dr. Julie Robison

Julie Robison, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
UConn Center on Aging

KL2 Program

Not accepting applications at this time.

As part of its goal to promote current and future clinical and translational research, CICATS has a strong focus on education, training and career development. CICATS works collaboratively with other programs in the University and with community partners to create a transformational environment that will train investigators and support staff on effective ways to contribute to current and future clinical and translational research. To address the scarcity of scientists prepared for future translational research, CICATS has developed a KL2 mentored career development program that includes mentored research experiences and career development training for junior faculty leading to research independence.

 The plan described here includes:

  1. A  KL2 program to provide an intensive mentored research experience for promising junior faculty;
  2. Mentor training to maximize the potential of the mentors for training future researchers; and
  3. Leadership training to develop the necessary skills among the next generation of researchers.

All KL2 scholars will be required to complete the MSCTR and to participate in all core curriculum activities. The Master of Science requirement may be waived or modified depending on the credentials of the applicant. For example, if an applicant has already completed advanced research training in a Ph.D. program, the requirement may be waived. KL2 scholars will be required to attend a monthly seminar series sponsored by CICATS.

Other core activities include:

  1. Monthly research series that will provide a forum for scholars to present their research proposals and preliminary research findings. In addition to scholar presentations, in each year the seminar series will include programs in responsible conduct of research, power-point presentation techniques, scientific writing, funding opportunities and oral presentation skills;
  2. Mentoring workshops aimed at developing and improving the skills necessary to be successful as both a mentor and a mentee;
  3. Leadership training; and presentations at the annual CICATS Research Trainee Day KL2.

Past CICATS KL2 Scholars:
Biree Andemariam, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine; Director, New England Sickle Cell Institute at UConn Health
Katie Martin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor-In-Residence of Allied Health Sciences, University of Saint Joseph