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ICTS Pre- and Post-Doctoral TL-1 NRSA Training Program in
Translational Biomedical Research


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 between five and nine TL-1 Trainees, depending on available funding. The appointment is expected to begin November 1, 2015. Duration of support is 2 years with the possibility of a one year extension.


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
    • 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
    • Travel support: $1,500


  • Personal Statement describing why you want to pursue a research career in translational science and what, specifically, meets the definition of translation in your proposed research (limit 1,000 words)
  • NIH Biosketch (new format)
  • Research Plan Title (limit 300 characters, including spaces)
  • Research Plan Summary (limit 250 words)
  • Research Plan (limit 3,000 words) consisting of three sections:
  • Description of Research Question
    • Hypothesis and specific aims
  • Background and Key Literature
  • Study Design/Research Plan (work closely with mentor to write)
  • Bibliography (not included in the word count)
  • A completed mentor's (and co-mentor’s, where applicable) Letter of Endorsement, including the mentor’s NIH-style biosketch (new format).
  • Letters of recommendation 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).
  • Transcripts: For trainees currently in a degree program, please provide an unofficial transcript.

Applications are due on Friday, October 16, by 5 PM.

All application documents must be submitted online at www.icts.uci.edu/awards

Questions should be directed to Diana Vigil dvigil1@uci.edu