“We provide rigorous didactic training, mentorship, and support for highly-qualified junior faculty to conduct research, with the end goal of competing for external funding. If you’re considering a career in research, this is a wonderful way to get started.”

Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH

Since 2010, Tufts CTSI has offered two K scholar award programs: the K12 Career Development Award and the KM1 Career Development Award in Comparative Effectiveness.

We seek innovative scientists across the entire translational science spectrum (T1- T4) to apply for two years of protected research training time towards the development of a clinical and translational research career. The K program includes research training, funds for protected research time and some research supplies, and a structured program to enhance and prepare candidates for translational research careers.

K Scholar Team/Contact


Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH, KL2 Multi–PI CTSI K12 and BIRCHW K12

Lesley Inker, MD, MS, Multi-PI CTSI K12












Iris Jaffe, MD, PhD, Multi-PI BIRCWH K12












Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, PhD, MPH, CHES, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion







Elizabeth Leary, PhD, Senior Program Manager









Chloe Bird, PhD, Director of Center for Health Equity