ICTS Pre- and Post-Doctoral TL-1 NRSA

Training Program in Translational Biomedical Research


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 Applications are due on Wednesday, December 13th by 5PM


The UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science NRSA trainee program is funded by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) program designed to integrate training in clinical research and translational science into the core curriculum of pre- and postdoctoral trainees in medicine, public health, nursing, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical and social sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and informatics.  

We are pleased to invite applications from graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical residents and clinical fellows. This funding opportunity is intended to support 2 TL-1 Trainees.

The appointment is expected to begin March31, 2018. Duration of support is 1 years with the possibility of a two, one year extensions, with a maximum of 3 years of support.

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Translation: The process of turning observations in the laboratory, clinic and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public — from diagnostics and therapeutics to medical procedures and behavioral changes.

Translational Science: The field of investigation focused on understanding the scientific and operational principles underlying each step of the translational process.

Translational Science Spectrum: The translational science spectrum represents each stage of research along the path from the biological basis of health and disease to interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public. The spectrum is not linear or unidirectional; each stage builds upon and informs the others. At all stages of the spectrum, NCATS develops new approaches, demonstrates their usefulness and disseminates the findings. Patient involvement is a critical feature of all stages in translation.


Each Trainee will receive:

  • Predoctoral
    • Tuition/Fees: 60% of posted UCI graduate tuition/fees up to $8,000 per year
    • Predoctoral Stipend: $22,476 per year
    • Training-related expenses and health insurance up to $4200
    • Travel support: $1,500

  • Postdoctoral Scholars
    • Non-degree seeking Trainees: up to $3,000; costs related to seminar registration and formal coursework
    • Degree seeking Trainees: 60% of posted UCI graduate/tuition fees for the MPH or MS-BATS program up to $8,000 per year
    • Training-related expenses: health insurance and research-related expenses up to $7,850
    • Postdoctoral Stipend: dependent on career level and current NIH stipend rate
    • Travel support: $1,500


  • Must has a project focused on Translational Research
  • Must have a minimum of 2 mentors
  • Currently be an enrolled UCI as a student for the predoc applicants or hold a hired postdoctoral  position at UCI for postdoc and fellow applicants
  • Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder


  1. Personal Statement describing why you want to do research (Limit to 1,000 words)
  2. NIH BioSketch (new format)
  3. Research Plan Title (Limit 300 characters, including spaces)
  4. Research Plan Summary (Limit 200 words)
  5. Description of multidisciplinary integration of project and/or mentoring team (Limit 50 words)
  6. Research Plan (Limit 3,000 words) consisting of three sections:

(a)    Description of Research Question

      • Hypothesis and specific aims

(b)   Background and Key Literature

(c)    Study Design/Research Plan (work closely with mentor to write)

(d)   Bibliography (Not included in the word count)

7. 2 completed Letters of Endorsement from your Primary Mentor and Co-mentor, including the mentor’s NIH-style Bio-sketch (new format).

8. Letters of recommendations from at least two faculty members who are familiar with the applicant’s credentials and work. NIH Biographies of the referees are also required. (To be submitted by the referee)

Applications are due on Wednesday, December 13th by 5PM. All application documents must be submitted online at www.icts.uci.edu/grants. Questions should be directed to Diana Vigil dvigil1@uci.edu; 949-824-1231.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome on or before January 19, 2018.