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A two-year mentored research & education program for junior faculty and senior fellows. KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training
At a glance
Opportunity for
  • 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
Time commitment
  • Two years
Funding level
  • 50-75% of salary
Application due
  • 5:00pm on May 1, 2020
The application process is closed.

The KL2/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 KL2/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.

Boston Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center – Harvard Catalyst KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training (CMeRIT) Joint Funding Program

The partnership leverages mentorship within the Boston Pepper Center and the KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training (CMeRIT) program. A joint application should include a description of how the application is responsive to Pepper's thematic focus (see below), in addition to meeting the KL2/CMeRIT requirements. Applications for joint funding will be reviewed jointly by Harvard Catalyst and Pepper OAIC reviewers.

Joint awards should include a focus on the Boston OAIC theme: "Function Promoting Therapies."

This theme includes, but is not limited to the following areas of research:

  • Causes, prevention, and treatment of age-related functional limitations/specific disabilities in older adults
  • Therapeutic interventions to ameliorate functional limitations and disability in older adults, including drugs, devices, and behavioral approaches
  • Novel approaches for the measurement of physical function
  • Studies of the mechanisms of functional decline that have the potential for facilitating drug discovery
  • High throughput strategies for identifying novel therapeutic agents
  • Novel statistical or data-driven approaches for analyzing epidemiological data

Mentoring and Program Oversight

Each awardee will work with his/her mentor to develop and execute a work plan for his/her 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.

Cite Us

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