Pre-Doctoral Training Award (TL1)

Pre-Doctoral Training Award (TL1)2021-11-01T08:36:10-04:00

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

  • These awards are designed to provide promising predoctoral students with the opportunity to be mentored in research-intensive, multi-disciplinary settings toward the goal of developing careers in translational research.
  • Translational research is the process of turning observations in the laboratory, clinic, and community into interventions to improve the health of individuals and the public.
  • Emphasis of these awards is to move findings from basic laboratory and pre-clinical research (T1) to the development of new treatment options/interventions or clinical trials (T2) to dissemination/clinical implementation (T3) to studying population health outcomes/health metrics (T4).
  • The goal of the CTSI is to make awards at all of these stages.
  • It is important that the proposed research has clear applications to human disease and health outcomes.

Pre-doctoral Training Award eligibility requirements

Criteria for applications include:

  • Candidates must have completed at least one year of a pre-doctoral training program, but they cannot have completed more than their third year (i.e., applicants must be in the second or third year of their pre-doctoral program when they apply).
  • Co-mentorship by faculty investigators from at least two different disciplines (preferably a clinician and a non-clinician scientist).
  • Research that is translational in nature and takes advantage of the synergism that comes from working at this basic/clinical interface.
  • Candidates must be United States citizens or permanent residents.

What are the benefits?

Pre-doctoral Training Awardees receive:

  • Annual stipend
  • Health insurance
  • Partial tuition remission
  • 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 their work at several Indiana CTSI pre-doctoral gatherings during the academic year.

How to Apply

Applications for the Pre-doctoral Training Award are due in November and awards begin July 1 the following year. The award is for two years(renewable at the end of year one with satisfactory progress).

2022 TL1 Predoctoral Training in Translational Research RFA

Questions? Contact Patricia McGuire at or 317-278-2824.

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