TL1 Training Grant

Are you a predoctoral student interested in clinical and translational research?

The CTSI TL1 Predoctoral Training Program

The CTSI TL1 Predoctoral Training Program provides predoctoral trainees with the skills required to develop a career in multidisciplinary clinical and translational research. The program uses a team-science approach and provides mentoring and didactic training for predoctoral students performing clinical and/or translational research in health-related fields at UF.


About the Program


In this program trainees will accomplish the following:

  • Complete the Clinical & Translational Science Interdisciplinary Concentration
  • Present their research at the annual Translational Science (Association for Clinical & Translational Science) conference during each year of TL1 funding, and at the annual CTSI Research Day each year until graduation.
  • Design at least one CTS Specific Aim for dissertation project
  • Participate in a TL1 Team
  • Submit results of clinical/translational team research for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Attend a number of career & professional development events
  • Submit semi-annual progress reports during the funded period, and annual progress reports thereafter until graduation.

TL1 teams

TL1 Trainees will be expected to identify at least one other TL1 Trainee as a research collaborator. TL1 Team members must be pursuing their PhD degree in different PhD programs in different colleges.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents per NIH policy and entering their second or third year of doctoral graduate study. Students from populations underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences are encouraged to apply (more information).
  • Doctoral students from all UF PhD programs are eligible to apply, as long as their dissertation research is relevant to human health.
  • Applicants must apply in the first or second year of Ph.D. studies, prior to defending their dissertation proposal.
  • Applicants should have strong academic credentials and good communication skills.
  • Applicants must be able to commit to all course and research training requirements of the training program.
  • Applicants must propose a research project relevant to human health, which should include at least one component of clinical and/or translational research as defined by the NIH.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an interest in developing a career in multidisciplinary, translational biomedical research.
  • Applicants must have strong mentor support.


TL1 trainees will initially receive one year of funding, including a stipend (current year level: $24,324*), tuition waiver and health insurance; $2,500 for lab and training-related expenses; and a $1,500 travel allowance to attend and present research at the annual Translational Science conference. A second year of funding may be awarded based on performance, progress and available funding.

Contact the program with any questions at

*If a TL1 trainee’s current stipend is above $24,324, their mentor should supplement the stipend from non-federal funds to the original stipend level.

2019 Applications

First, we invite you to participate in an information session to learn more about the program.

Information Sessions

All events will take place in CG-72A, Communicore

  • Dates TBA

After you complete the information session, please plan to attend a TL1 networking session if you are still looking for a TL1 team partner.  Even if you have found a partner, you are welcome to attend to meet other students interested in the CTS programs.  Dinner will be provided.

TL1 Networking Sessions

All events will take place in CG-11, Communicore

  • Dates TBA

Once you have your TL1 team, please complete the application and follow the timeline below.

Application Process

Applicants must assemble an application packet that includes:

  • A completed TL1 Application 2019 form (available in September), which will include a proposed research plan with individual and team components. More details will be posted in September.
  • Supporting materials from applicants:  modified NIH Biosketches. More details will be posted in September.
  • Supporting materials from proposed TL1 Team mentors:  joint letter of support and mentoring plan; NIH Biosketches.

Finalists will be interviewed by the TL1 Advisory Committee. New applications must be submitted electronically to by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019. Paper documents will not be accepted.

2019 TL1 Timeline

  • March 22, 2019 | Applications due
  • April 12, 2019 | Finalists for interviews notified
  • April 25-26, 2019 | Team interviews
  • May 10, 2019 | Awardees announced


If you have questions about the program, please contact Susan Gardner at