Training Program Overview

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

Trainee positions:

At this time, we are seeking 1 predoctoral and 2 postdoctoral trainees 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).

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.

Please fill out the online form below to begin your application.

Once submitted you will be contacted through the e-mail you provide in ‘Section 1 - Personal Data’ with a request for further documents (see below). Application deadline: JANUARY 7TH, 2019

Eligible applicants will be required to provide the following documents before the deadline

  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, including title and aims (not specific format required)
  3. A short (2 page max) letter of interest that includes a description of prior research, rationale for interest in the Program and description of how participation in the TL1 Program would facilitate achievement of those goals. Font must be 11 pt Arial with at least .5 inch margins.
  4. 1-2 letter/s of support from previous training supervisors. Letters should be sent directly to
  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

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.

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For additional information, please contact Ruben Rocha at

Utah CCTS Interdisciplinary Spheres of Translation Across the Research Sepctrum (STARS) TL1 Training Program

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