ICTS Funded Summer Research Programs

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The UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) has two NIH-funded (T-35) training programs designed to support research projects focused on basic, clinical, and translational aspects of research. These summer programs provide a dedicated research stipend for up to 12 weeks of consecutive full-time research between the months of May and August, and funds for research expenses (lab materials, statistical support, etc.). Grant funding is available for research projects related to the following areas:

  • The National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK): research projects related to areas concerning diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic diseases, liver and other digestive diseases, nutritional disorders, obesity, kidney and urologic diseases, and hematologic diseases. More information on supported research projects and the Mission of the NIDDK here.
  • The National Institute on Aging (NIA): research projects related to areas concerning Alzheimer’s disease and related-dementias (ADRD), and aging and the health and well-being of older people. Projects focusing on ADRD will be prioritized. More information on supported research projects and the Mission of the NIA here.

This opportunity is intended to support first-year medical scholars for summer research (May – August) between MS1 and MS2. Students in the MSTP program beyond MS1 who have 8-12 weeks of consecutive dedicated summer research time may also apply.


The Applicant Must:

  • Have a project related to the mission of the NIDDK or NIA
  • Have a faculty research mentor at UC Irvine
  • Be a current first-year medical student, or MSTP student with 8-12 weeks of available consecutive summer research time
  • Conduct research and/or participate in training activities full-time for a minimum of 8 and maximum of 12 consecutive weeks during the summer
  • Be a US Citizen or Green Card holder


Each trainee will receive a summer research stipend to exceed no more than 12 full-time weeks of research, as well as dedicated funds for research and training expenses (current NIH predoctoral stipend rates can be found here).

To apply for the ICTS T-35 training position applicants must submit the following:

  1. Grant application (online via REDCap)
  2. NIH Biosketch or personal CV
  3. Research Plan Summary detailing the project and proposed summer training (limit 3 pages excluding references)
  4. Letter of Support from your faculty research mentor (limit 1 page)

Applications are due on Sunday, March 5, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.

Applications to the NIDDK T35 program should be submitted here.
Applications to the NIA T35/RAMP program should be submitted here.

To view our currently and previously funded awardees, please click here.

Questions should be directed to Brooke Piercy at piercyb@hs.uci.edu.