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Education & Training

Investigation Training Through Classroom & Clinical Mentorship

The CTSI transforms the approach to education and training that is required to accelerate the pace of discoveries in the life sciences and the rapid translation of these discoveries into clinical practice. It is designed to enhance the development of all individuals involved in translational science and to reengineer the training of future investigators in each step of clinical research from bench to bedside and finally to practice in the community.

The training core brings together faculty and trainees from basic science and clinical research departments, the graduate and medical schools, academia, health care delivery, and the biopharmaceutical industry.

The CTSI is funded by the NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program (UM1TR004409). View Cite and Submit for details.

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STARS T32 Program

Provides the necessary predoctoral and postdoctoral training through a deep appreciation of multiple domains, a team science outlook, and an aptitude for cross-discipline communication.

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K12 Mentored Career Development Program

Fosters mentorship and career development support for translational research on clinically relevant questions enabling basic scientific findings to be more rapidly applied to clinical problems.

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Masters in Clinical Investigation (MSCI)

Prepares trainees to be competitive investigators capable of gaining extramural funding for their clinical research projects through a classroom and mentorship experience available through two different tracks: Med into Grad and Clinical Scientist.

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Internal Funding Opportunities

Funds projects which exemplify the bench-to-bedside goal of the NIH to produce preliminary data for competitive NIH grant proposals.



Features a speaker who is preparing a grant application or an independent research project proposal which occurs the second Tuesday of every month at noon.

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Grant-Writing Support Program

Created to support any faculty member applying for first-time R01 or equivalent funding including all internal and external career development awardees.

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Med into Grad Program (U2M2G)

Provides the didactic and mentoring support to train this new breed of PhD scientists featuring curriculum in fundamentals of human biology, pathophysiology and molecular medicine.

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Peer Grant Review Program

Provides useful pre-submission feedback regarding the proposal’s strengths and weaknesses in order to aid the investigator in submitting the strongest application possible.


Provides comprehensive training and learning opportunities and resources for faculty, students and staff engaged in responsible conduct of research at the University of Utah.


Offers team-based (or one-on-one, if preferred) moral aid in perplexing research situations—by providing discreet, informal and advisory consultations with an expert or experts in the relevant ethical, institutional, legal and / or scientific matters.

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Seminars & Events

Expands and cultivates the transfer of clinical and translational research knowledge within the University of Utah and the research community at large featuring established speakers and CTSI program candidates alike.

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VPCAT Research Scholars Program

Designed to offer intensive mentorship and support to early-stage faculty members engaged in clinical and translational research using a multi-level mentoring matrix model.

R01 Writing Groups

R01 Writing groups for NIH new investigators are held three times a year in preparation for each of the NIH submission dates. The writing group is a comprehensive, 6-month program utilizing a multi-faceted approach to provide participants with the tools and knowledge needed to write a successful R01 or equivalent application.