TL-1 NRSA Training Program

ICTS TL-1 Scholars Training Program

The UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) has a NIH-funded (TL-1) training program designed to integrate training in clinical research and translational science into the core curriculum of students in medicine, biology, public health, nursing, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical and social sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and informatics.

Funding not currently available


  • Project focused on Translational Research
  • Have 2 Mentors
  • Currently hold a postdoctoral position at UCI or be an enrolled doctoral student
  • Be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder


Each Trainee will receive:

  • Predoctoral
    • Tuition/Fees: 60% of posted UCI graduate tuition/fees (up to $8,000 per year)
    • Predoctoral Stipend at the NIH Rate (available here)
    • Travel support: $1,500
  • Postdoctoral   
    • Postdoctoral Stipend: dependent on career level (available here)
    • Travel support: $1,500

To apply for the ICTS TL-1 Scholar position applicants must submit the following:

  • Personal Statement describing why you want to do research (1 page)
  • NIH BioSketch (new format)
  • Research Plan Title (Limit 300 characters, including spaces)
  • Research Plan Summary (Limit 200 words)
  • Description Mentor team and training plan (1 page)
    • Description of primary and secondary mentor
    • Description of meeting frequency and content of meetings
    • Other training and professional development
  • Research Plan (3 pages) 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)
  • 2 completed Letters of Endorsement from your Primary Mentor and Co-mentor, including the mentor’s NIH-style Bio-sketch (new format).
  • 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)
Questions should be directed to Diana Vigil dvigil1@uci.edu; 949-824-1231.