The primary goal of the TRANSFORM programs (TRaining And Nurturing Scientists FOr Research that is Multidisciplinary) is to recruit, train, support and nurture the next generation of clinical and translational (C/T) investigators in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary team-oriented environments. The training and career development activities that comprise TRANSFORM will produce C/T scientists familiar with interdisciplinary team structures, comfortable with leadership roles, trained to integrate research from other disciplines and methodologies and, finally, prepared to direct the next generation of multi- and interdisciplinary research. These activities fall into five major categories:

  • KL2 The Mentored Career Development Award for Clinical/Translational Investigators, open to Assistant Professors.
  • TL1 Training Program for Doctoral Students and postdoctoral fellows
  • MS/POR The Master of Science training program in Patient Oriented Research for post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty.
  • Reach for the First R01 Workshop for developing your first R01 proposal, open to Early Stage Investigators
  • Short-term Training Short-term training opportunities, lecture series and career development initiatives in clinical and translational science.

For a list of research grants that have been awarded to our trainees please click here.

For more information on any of our programs, please email Sophia Li Ferry, Senior Program Manager


Melissa D. Begg

Melissa D. Begg, ScD
Vice Provost for Academic Programs, Columbia University
Professor of Biostatistics, Mailman School of Public Health
Co-Director, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research


TRANSFORM Advisory Board

Mentored Career Development Program
This program combines didactic training, significant mentoring, exposure to interdisciplinary research and on-going evaluation to prepare young investigators for careers in clinical and translational research.

  • 2 years of support (with a possibility of extension) including 75% of salary and funds to put towards travel, supplies and tuition
  • Applicants must have a professorial appointment at the time of the award
  • Applicants must be able to devote a minimum of 2 years towards the KL2 training program
  • Two-part application process begins each Fall for June 1st award date

Training Program
  • 2 year program for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellow
  • Summer training program for doctoral students
  • Recipients may not accept funding from another NIH source while in the TL1 program
  • Application process begins each Fall for July 1st award date (2 year program only)

Master of Science Patient Oriented Research
A broadly based didactic program offering training in the fundamentals of interdisciplinary clinical and translational research to fellows and junior faculty.
  • 2-year, 30-credit program
  • Open to MD, DDS, DMD, DO, DC, ND or DNSc holders, and PhDs involved in clinical research
  • Applicants must be able to commit to 2 years of study and CSRI
  • Full scholarships offered each year to most highly qualified applicants
  • Applications due in mid-March; classes begin in July

Reach for the First R01
  • One semester (Fall or Spring) workshop to finalize first R01 submission
  • Applicants must be Early Stage Investigators

Short-term Training
Educational and General Interest Seminars
In support of the TRANSFORM goal of encouraging the next generation of clinical and translational investigators, the CTSA sponsors a variety of several educational and general interest seminars. These activities fall into the following categories:
  • Courses
  • Seminars, workshops, and conferences
  • Online Training








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