As of May 1, 2023, the KL2/CMeRIT program is the K12/CMeRIT program. Those applicants who receive an award for the 2023 funding cycle will fall under the new K12 structure, with funding to commence on October 1, 2023. Information on the K12 funding mechanism can be found on the NIH website.


The K12/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training (CMeRIT) program provides advanced training in clinical and translational research to senior fellows and junior faculty from all health professions represented by Harvard Catalyst, including medicine, dentistry, and nursing.

Awardees will pursue a mentored research project in their area of expertise. It is expected that the research performed within the K12/CMeRIT program will provide the basis for an independent NIH award (e.g., K23, KO8, or RO1).

Awardees will also pursue an educational program that fulfills the mission of the program and provides optimal training in their chosen career objectives. They may do this by taking part in the courses found in LearnResearch where applicable, or by participating in Harvard Catalyst-based courses.

Awardees are additionally required to participate in Harvard Catalyst’s Grant Review and Support Program (GRASP) and will be automatically enrolled in the program.

Mentoring and Program Oversight

Each awardee will work with their mentor to develop and execute a work plan for their research project. Mentors must be accomplished investigators in clinical and translational research and have a track record of success in training new investigators and fostering their success as independent researchers. An advisory committee will connect each awardee with a group of experienced clinicians and researchers to provide additional resources in the fields of genetics, biostatistics, biomarkers, and imaging.

Time commitment

Two years


Mentored clinical and translational research and education.


  • Research or health-professional doctoral degree
  • Junior faculty within the first three years of appointment or senior fellowship appointment at a Harvard-affiliated institution
  • Hold a full time position at a Harvard-affiliated institution

Funding Level

75% of salary for K12 awardees

50% of salary for CMeRIT awardees

RFA, Application Components and Process, & FAQs

Please review our RFA, Application Components and Process, and FAQs for more information.

Cite Us

Have you received a KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training award or K12/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training award? Remember to cite Harvard Catalyst in your publications and posters.


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