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Current Select Institutional Training Grants



Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

To apply contact: Laura Kasman, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: Post-baccalaureate Research Education Programs are funded by the NIH at selected universities around the United States with the goal of increasing the diversity of the biomedical research workforce, which in turn will be better equipped to address and reduce health disparities. 


Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Program (NIH/NIGMS)

Principal Investigator: Cynthia Wright, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: The goals of this program are to promote the participation of underrepresented groups in the biomedical sciences and prepare them for successful careers as research scientists.

GAANN Graduate Education at the Interface of Human Biology and New Technologies (DOE)

Principal Investigator: Perry Halushka, Ph.D., M.D.,

Objective of grant: The main goal of this program is to address the national need for doctoral-trained scientists in biology and information sciences and provide quality teaching experiences for the graduate fellows with adequate instruction, supervision and instruction.

SCTR TL1 (T32) Predoctoral Clinical & Translational Research Training Program

Principal Investigator: Perry Halushka, Ph.D., M.D.,

Objective of grant: The NIH-funded predoctoral training program is designed to increase the number of well-trained translational researchers who also will assume leadership roles. The program is designed for PhD and dual degree candidates with strong interest in clinical & translational research careers. The training program will provide early exposure and appropriate training in clinical research methodology, the application of cutting edge technology to clinical research, and address pipeline issues by stimulating interest from doctoral students in health- and disease-related disciplines. The program combines rigorous research experiences with a complementary didactic curriculum with a team science approach.

Predoctoral Training in Clinical Research (NIH Roadmap T32)

Principal Investigator: Kathleen Brady, Ph.D., M.D.,

Objective of grant: This program is designed to increase the number of well-trained clinical researchers who will assume leadership roles in the design, conduct and oversight of future clinical investigations. Eligible participants are predoctoral medical students, dental students, nursing students, students from the College of Health Professionals and students from the College of Graduate Studies. They will learn the principles and practice of clinical investigation and the application of cutting edge technology to clinical research.

Training Program for Medical Scientists (NIH/NIGMS)

Principal Investigator: Perry Halushka, Ph.D., M.D.,

Objective of grant: The goal of this program is to train physician-scientists to become leaders in academic medicine by providing in-depth training in how to synthesize the knowledge of basic science gained through research with clinical observation and experience gained during professional training. The ultimate goal is to produce trained professionals who chose a life-long career in biomedical research leading to the translation of fundamental discoveries into improved health care delivery.

Pre and Post-doctoral

Research Training in Bioenergetic, Oxidative Stress and Metabolic
Syndromes (NIH/NIDDK)

Principal Investigator: John LeMasters, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: The goal of this training program is to train pre- and post-doctoral scientists in research on the roles of bioenergetics and oxidative stress in the pathophysiology of metabolic syndrome. Research projects are concentrated in the areas of bioenergetics and oxidative stress as they relate to the various aspects of the metabolic syndrome, including insulin resistance, diabetes, obesity, dyslipidemia, hepatic steatosis, inflammation, and consequent tissue injury, especially to the liver and kidney.

Drug Abuse Training Program (NIH/NIDA)

Principal Investigator: Jacqueline McGinty, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: The goals of this training program are to produce well-rounded individuals 1) who are knowledgeable about the basic science and clinical aspects of substance abuse; 2) who are familiar with treatment strategies, and 3) who are trained to appreciate and conduct independent research in the area of substance use, abuse and dependence.

HML Consortium for Research Training in Oceans and Human Health (NOAA)

Principal Investigator: Eric Lacy, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: The goal of this program is to support training in the application of molecularly based biological and chemical techniques to solve relevant health problems that link humans with the marine environment. The research foci include training in: (1) bioinformatics, biostatistics and epidemiology (2) structural biology (3) immunology/ecotoxicology (4) functional genomics and (5) marine microbiology.

Training in Craniofacial and Oral Health Research (T-COHR)

Principal Investigator: Keith Kirkwood, D.D.S., Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: The overarching objective of the training program is to train an interdisciplinary cadre of talented investigators for careers in dental, oral and craniofacial science. Training activities are thematically grouped in four stratetic areas of research focus: (1) infection and immunity (2) oral and systemic health (3) oral cancer and (4) regenerative medicine/bioengineering.

Training in Alcohol Treatment Research (NIH/NIAAA)

Principal Investigator: John Woodward, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: The overall goal of this program is to produce scientists knowledgeable in the field of substance abuse to conduct independent substance abuse research. A multidisciplinary mentor-apprenticeship model is used and training is complemented by seminars on substance abuse, the neurosciences, grant writing, statistics, ethics, and exposure to treatment strategies.

Training to Improve Cardiovascular Drug Therapies (NIH/NHLBI)

Principal Investigator: Donald Menick, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: Our objective is the training of promising new predoctorial and postdoctorial fellows with cutting edge experimental strategies, technologies and research experience necessary for understanding the molecular basis of cardiovascular disease and in the development of novel therapeutics targeting this devastating disease. The program focus is in three broad research areas: (1) mechanisms of cardiac failure, (2) signal transduction in hypertension, vascular disease and diabetes, and (3) developmental biology of the cardiovascular system. Our faculty is highly interactive in both predoctoral and postdoctoral training, and our postdoctoral students benefit in many ways from an organized graduate program in cardiovascular biology.

Traumatic Stress Across the Lifespan: A Biopsychosocial Training Program (NIH/NIMH)

Principal Investigator: Dean Kilpatrick, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: This research training grant will provide trainees with mentorship, coursework, seminars, mental health treatment experiences, and research experiences they need to do competent, interdisciplinary, translational traumatic stress research.

Post-doctoral Only

Research Training in Pediatric Cardiology (NIH/NHLBI)

Principal Investigator: J. Philip Saul, M.D.,

Objective of grant: The majors aims of this program are to 1) provide superior training in basic cardiovascular science research for clinically trained and Ph.D. postdoctoral investigators, 2) develop a clinical research training pathway for M.D./D.O. investigators and a translational research pathway for Ph.D. postdoctoral investigators, both of which are integrated with the Master of Science in Clinical Research program.

Training in Glomerular Disease and Function (NIH/NIDDK)

Principal Investigator: P. Darwin Bell, Ph.D.,

Objective of grant: The aim of this program is to produce academically oriented physicians and basic scientists with investigative expertise in diseases that affect the kidney. Training emphasizes the interplay between systemic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, and local factors in the kidney, which may regulate the development of glomerular pathology.

Health Services Research/Academic Generalist Fellowship Program

Program Director: William T. Basco, M.D.,

Objective of grant: The program is designed to prepare physicians, post-doctoral nurses, and pharmacists for productive academic careers as educators and as investigators in Health Services Research.

Training Program in Inflammatory and Fibrosing Diseases (NIH/NIAMS)

Principal Investigator: Gary Gilkeson, M.D.,

Objective of grant: The emphasis of this program is on identifying and studying factors related to ethnic disparity in systemic lupus erythematosus and scleroderma in African Americans. Efforts focus on defining societal, environmental and genetic factors that impact morbidity and mortality in African Americans with rheumatic diseases.

Short Term Training Grants


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