Post-Doctoral Training Award (TL1)

Post-Doctoral Training Award (TL1)2020-01-22T14:21:48-05:00

The Indiana CTSI provides funding for its special Post-doctoral Training Award in Translational Research.

In biomedical terminology, translational research refers to what is popularly termed “bench to bedside,” the process by which research in the lab translates into patient treatment. This may involve applying discoveries made during lab research to the development of clinical trials and studies in humans, or carrying out research aimed at enhancing adoption of best practices, or both.

These two types of translational research are usually described as consisting of either:

  • T1 research: basic biomedical research, e.g. study disease at a molecular or cellular level, as it progresses to the development of new treatment options at the clinical level
  • T2 research: enhancing access to and the adoption of evidence-based strategies in clinical and community practice, institutionalizing programs, products, and services to improve health

Post-doctoral Training Award eligibility requirements

Criteria for applications include:

  • Candidates must have received a PhD or equivalent degree and have less than 36 months combined experience as a post-doctoral fellow at any academic institution or industry
  • Per NIH policy, no individual trainee may receive more than three years of aggregate Kirchstein-NRSA support at the post-doctoral level
  • Candidates must identify co-mentors from two different disciplines
  • Candidates’ research should be translational in nature
  • Candidates must be a US citizen or permanent residence

What are the benefits?

Post-doctoral Training Awardees receive:

  • Salary support
  • Health insurance
  • Monies for research supplies
  • Travel funds to attend the annual national meeting of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program in Washington, D.C., in April*

*Note that trainees are required to attend the national CTSA meeting in Washington, D.C., and to present a poster about their work at the Indiana CTSI’s Annual Meeting in September.

How to apply

Applications for the Post-doctoral Training Award are due in November* and awards begin April 1 the following year. The award is for two years, with the second year of funding contingent upon review and demonstration of satisfactory progress.
*Note that pre-screening to ensure eligibility to apply is strongly encouraged.
Questions? Contact Patricia McGuire at or 317-278-2824.

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