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Training Program Overview and Application

Training Program Overview and Application

Utah CTSI Interdisciplinary Spheres of Translation Across the Research Spectrum (STARS) TL1 Training Program

Trainee Positions:

At this time, we are not seeking applicants for this Program. 

Trainees must have training interests in clinical or translational science in two of the three spheres and interested in working across multiple disciplines.

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 TL1 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: January 21st

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 TL1 Program, and description of how participation in the Program would facilitate achievement of those goals. Please also include a statement addressing current and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, professional activity, and/or service. Font must be 11 pt Arial with at least .5 inch margins. Max 3 pages (including Figures/Tables), excluding references.
  4. 1-2 letter/s of support from previous training supervisors. Letters should be sent directly to lyalya.sultanova@hsc.utah.edu.
  5. One letter of support from a TL1 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 lyalya.sultanova@hsc.utah.edu

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 lyalya.sultanova@hsc.utah.edu