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STARS T32 Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Training Programs Overview and Application

Training Program Overview and Application

Utah CTSI Interdisciplinary Spheres of Translation Across the Research Spectrum (STARS) T32 Training Program

Trainee Positions:

Trainees must have training interests in clinical or translational science in one of the three spheres.

Each trainee will have primary and secondary mentors from two different spheres. (Mentors not included in these lists may also be eligible to participate in the program). Only the primary mentor must be identified at the time of application. The selection process of the secondary mentor will occur during the T32 traineeship.

Training will include translational science, team science, entrepreneurship, community engagement, ethics, grant and manuscript writing, communication, management, and leadership development. Additionally, trainees will receive holistic mentoring and career guidance. create a cadre of scholars with commanding knowledge and experiences across all three translational spheres, and a deep commitment to transdisciplinary team science; thereby producing a new generation of scientists with strategic translational emphases whose breadth of knowledge and ability to communicate across the STARS will increase transdisciplinary cross-fertilization, accelerating healthcare advances.

Application deadline: April 4th at 11:59p.m. MST

  1. Notification emails anticipated to go out in early May 2023
  2. Anticipated Start Date of traineeship July 1st, 2023**

**Please note that funding is contingent upon the T32 grant notice of award which we have not yet received as of February 10, 2023**

Required Documents:

  1. Curriculum vitae, including the following: a) Degree(s) earned, include month/year earned; b) Research Experience and other Positions, include month/year of start/end dates; c) Identify any prior NRSA or other grant support; d) presentations; e) publications; f) awards/honors received.
  2. Project Abstract. A lay-science summary of the intended project, including title and scientific aims. Font must be 11 pt Arial with at least .5 inch margins. Max 1 page (including Figures/Tables), excluding references.
  3. Letter of Interest. Should include: description of prior research and experience; how the project (Project Abstract) fits in the translational spectrum; career goals; rationale for interest in the T32 Program, and description of how participation in the Program would facilitate achievement of those goals; and a plan for current and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, professional activity, and/or service (EDI plan). 
  4. 1-2 letter/s of support from previous training supervisors. Letters should be sent directly to
  5. One letter of support from a T32 mentor (selected primary scientific mentor) that describes their commitment to mentoring you and a description of how the proposed research project would fit in with the mentor’s research program. The letter should state their commitment to you to participate in this program and their commitment to multidisciplinary science and working within a framework of multiple mentors. Letter should be sent directly to

Additional Training Grant Policies that you should be aware of:

  1. The primary criteria for selection will be a) scientific excellence; b) relevance of the proposed research to clinical and/or translational science and its impact on future career; c) good alignment with a primary mentor; and d) potential for future success (publications, grants, etc).
  2. We strongly encourage applications from a) underrepresented minorities, b) disabled individuals, c) individuals from a disadvantaged background, and d) women.
  3. Successful predoctoral candidates must have completed their required coursework. We particularly encourage applications from postdoctoral trainees in year 1 or 2 of training.
  4. Support is provided for a maximum of 2 years. Second year support is subject to evaluation by the training grant steering committee and availability of grant funds. In certain circumstances, only one year of support may be available.
  5. NIH requires that trainees be US citizens, US noncitizen national or permanent residents of the US. Trainees cannot have previously received an NSRA grant.

For additional information, please contact LYALYA SULTANOVA at

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Lyalya Sultanova
Grants and Contracts Officer