Graduate Division

Training Grants


Graduate Division supports the efforts of Principal Investigators (PIs) applying for training grants by providing any of the following items:

  • Institutional Letter of Support
  • Matching 25% of Student Support of Grant Expenditures (stipends and tuition/fees only). For maximum 8 Trainees.
  • Diversity Component (Recruitment and Retention plans) and Campus Professional/Personal Development Resources for Trainees
  • Predoctoral Student Data Tables for Training Grants, as needed and applicable to each grant.

For T32s, Graduate Division will

    • Direct New Training Grant PIs to the appropriate NIH Institute & Center (IC) and assist New and Renewal grant PDs decipher updated priorities and trends to develop a strategical approach for successful funding. Also provide:
      • Institutional data for TABLE 1 - Census of Participating Departments & Interdepartmental Programs.
      • Master TABLE 3 - Federal Institutional Research Training Grants and Related Support Available to Participating Faculty Members.
      • 5 Year Predoctoral student institutional data TABLE 6A - Applicants, Entrants, and Their Characteristics for the Past Five Years.
      • 5 Year available Postdoctoral data TABLE 6BApplicants, Entrants, and Their Characteristics for the Past Five Years.
      • Templates for data table collection (Please make sure that they are compatible with the Tables that you are working with).
      • Boilerplates for Diversity Component (Recruitment and Retention plans) and Campus Professional/Personal Development Resources for Trainees.
    • Review the completed Data Tables, for accuracy and consistency. (In order to give us time to assist everyone, you need to send back the completed data Tables at least TWO weeks before the date of submission, or the planned date of submission.
    • Flex funds to be used for evaluation, retreats and professional development activities that cannot be covered by the training grant budget.

To receive the above support for T32 training grants, R25 and any other training grant that needs elaborated tables, please make a formal request 5 weeks, for Predoc ONLY application and 8 weeks for Predoc/Postdoc applications before the SPA due date to Yergalem Meharenna with the following information:

  • Name of funding agency, Funding Opportunity Announcement with a weblink and Title of training grant
  • The date due to SPA
  • If the grant will include both predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees (needed for Letter of Support)
  • The number of predoctoral trainees to be supported and a preliminary budget for stipends and tuition/fees for trainees (used for tracking Graduate Division cost-share)
  • For the predoctoral student data, please provide a list of graduate programs/departments inlcuded in the training grant proposal (Use the form here)
  • If Graduate Division support is needed again for a resubmission, please make another formal request to Yergalem Meharenna.

If the training grant is funded, please provide Yergalem Meharenna with a copy of the agency award letter (used for tracking Graduate Division cost-share) and an annual progress report (same progress report submitted to funding agency).


Please confirm all data, regarding application dates and requirements with PIs and faculty

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Current NIH Training Grants

NIH T32-Epilepsy Research Training Program 

T32 NS045540
PI: Baram, Tallie Z.
(949) 824-1131, 1063
Trainees: Graduate students and Post-doctoral Trainees
Program Period: 2003-2024

NIH T32- Gynecology oncology Fellowship Program

T32 CA060396
PI: Bristow, Robert
(714) 456-5968
Trainees: MD Gyn/Onc Fellows Only
Project Period:1994-2021

NIH T32-Training in the Neurobiology of Aging

T32 AG000096
PI: Cotman, Carl 
(949) 824-5847
PI: Andrea J. Tenner 
(949) 824-3268
Trainees: Predoc/ Postdoc
Project Period: 1982-2024

NIH T32-Training Program in Cancer Biology and Therapeutics (CBT) 

T32 CA009054
PI: David Fruman
(949) 824-1947, 2274 
Trainees: Graduate students and Post-doctorate Trainees
Project Period: 1980-2021

NIH T32 - Medical Sciences Training Program 

T32 GM008620 
PI: Goldin, Alan L.
(949) 824-5334, 8508
Trainees: Graduate students (MD/PhD students only)
Project Period: 1999-2024

NIH T32-Cardiovascular Applied Research & Enterpreneurship (CARE)

T32 HL116270
PI: Hughes, Christopher C.W.
(949) 824-8771, 8143, 3379
Trainees: Graduate students and Post-doctorate Trainees
Project Period: 2013-2021

NIH T32- Mathematical, Computational & Systems Biology 

PI: Lander, Arthur D. 
(949) 824-1721 
PI: Nie, Qing 
(949) 824-5530 
Trainees: Graduate students 
Project Period: 2020-2025 

NIH T32 For Training In Microbiology & Infectious Diseases. 

PI: Lodoen, Melissa B.
(949) 824-7805
PI: Goulding, Celia
(949) 824-0337, 4-3379
PI: Martiny, Jennifer
(949) 824-0487
Trainees: Graduate students
Project Period: 2019-2024

NIH-T32 Interdisciplinary Training in the Center for Hearing Research 

T32 DC010775
PI: Metherate, Raju 
(949) 824-6141
Trainees: Graduate students and Post-doctorate Trainees
Project Period: 2010-2025

NIH T32-Immunology Research Training Program 

T32 AI060573
PI: Pearlman, Eric 
(949) 824-1867
Trainees: Graduate students
Project Period: 2010-2021

NIH T32-Training in the Molecular Biology of Eukaryotic Viruses

T32 AI007319 
PI: Semler, Bert 
(949) 824-7573, 6058
Trainees: Graduate students
Project Period: 2013-2025

NIH T32-Training Program in Stem Cell Translational Medicine for Neurological Disorders

T32 NS082174
PI: Thompson, Leslie M.
(949) 824-6756, 1910
PI: Donovan, Peter J.
(949) 824-3691
Trainees: Graduate students
Project Period: 2013-2023

NIH T32 Training Program in Substance Use Disorders

T32 DA050558 
PI: Wood, Marcelo
(949) 824-2259
Trainees: Graduate students
Project Period: 2020-2025

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NIH T32 Training Program in Learning & Memory

T32 MH119049
PI: Yassa, Michael A.
(949) 824-9642
PI: McNaughton, Bruce L.
(949) 824-9642
Trainees: Graduate students
Project Period: 2019-2024

NIH/ R25

NIH R25 Systems Biology: A Foundation for Interdisciplinary Careers

R25GM126365-03 **
PI: Encisco, German A. 
(949) 824-3727
Trainees: Short Term Training
Project Period: 2017-2022

NIH R25 MBRS IMSD Program at the University of California, Irvine

PI:  Mota-Bravo, Luis 
(949) 824-5680
Trainees: Graduate students
Project Period: 1996-2022

NIH R25 A short Course in Cancer Systems Biology

R25CA214654-03 **
PI: Waterman, Marian L.  (MMG) 
(949) 824-2885, 3096
PIs: Lowengrub, John S. (Mathematics) 
(949) 824-8456
Trainees: Short Term Training
Project Period: 2017-2022

NIH R25 Orange County Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program

PI: Mota-Bravo, Luis
(949) 824-5680
Trainees: Short Term Training for Community College Students
Project Period: 2017-2022

NIH R25 Broadening Research Achievement in Neurosciences (Brain) for a Diverse Workforce.

PI: Mota-Bravo, Luis
(949) 824-5680
PI: De La Cruz, Marlene
(949) 824-2589
PI: Wood, Marcelo,A.
(949) 824-2259
Trainees: Undergraduate Students
Project Period: 2019-2024

Other NIH Training Grants

Institute for Clinical and Translational Science NRSA Training

PI: Vincent J. Caiozzo
Project Period: 2015 - 20204


PI: Vincent J. Caiozzo
Project Period: 2015 - 2024


PI: Luis Mota-Bravo
Project Period: 2000 - 2025

K08 MH102336: Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award

PI: Stephen Schueller
Project Period: 2020 - 

U.S. Department of Education (DOED)

H325D190031: Integrated Research Training: Languare and Literacy Disabilities

PI: Pena, Liz

GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need)

P200A180013GAANN: Fellowships in Aerospace Engineering

PI: Jabbari, Faryar
Tel: (949)824-6433

P200A180015GAANN: Socially-Responsible Artificial Intelligence

PI: Dourish, James
Tel: (949)824-8127

P200A180043GAANN:Graduate Fellowship for Chemical & Biomedical Engeering & Material Sciences Engineering

PI: Mecartney, Martha
Tel: (949) 824-2919 

P200A180052GAAN: Secure Cyber-physical Systems for Smart Manufacturing

PI: Li,Guann-Pyng
Tel: (949) 824-4194

Current NSF Training Grants

NSF Research Traineeship (NRT)

Program- A training incubator for addressing urban environmental change from Ridge to Reef (R2R) 
PI: Steven Allison
(949) 824-2772

NSF NRT-DESE: Team Science for Integrative Graduate Training in Data Science and Physical Science

PI: Padhraic Smyth
(949) 824-2558

NSF Logic in Southern California with UCLA & California Institute of Technology

PI: Matthew Foreman
(949) 824-5424

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT)

Biophonics across Energy, Space, & Time (BEST) IGERT
PI: Vasan Venugopalan
(949) 824-5802


MELLON Foundation 

5+2 and Humanities Core: Reforming Graduate Education through Improved Humanities Teaching:  An Integrative Approach 
PI: Tyrus Miller

U.S.–China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) for Water-Energy Solutions and Technologies

PI: Scott Samuelsen
(949) 824-5468

Opportunities for Nuclear Research and Training in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering: UC Irvine Nuclear Fellowship Program

PI: Mikael Nilsson
(949) 824-2800

Graduate Professional Success in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (GPS-STEM)

Graduate Professional Success in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (GPS-STEM) program started in October 2019 and is sponsored by the Schools of Biological Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, Physical Sciences and the Provost's Office. The program serves both PhD students and Postdoctoral fellows from all S.T.E.M disciplines. 

GPS-STEM program is designed to better prepare our scientists for a variety of careers within the S.T.E.M research workforce, and empower them to become not only skilled researchers, but also polished professionals. GPS-STEM works to create, identify and support innovative approaches to broaden graduate and postdoctoral training STEM.

The program is designed to achieve following goals - 

  • Increase awareness and interest in diverse careers outside of academic research (EXPLORE).
  • Improve communication and other skills needed to pursue academic and non-academic career paths (TRAIN).
  • Provide hands-on experience through on campus and external internships (EXPERIENCE).
  • Build networks that allow our members to prepare for and transition to diverse careers (TRANSITION).

GPS-STEM was formerly called GPS-BIOMED, which was funded by a NIH-BEST award to increase career and professional development of trainees in the biomedical sciences. In Oct 2019, after the NIH-BEST funding expired, the program transitioned and expanded to all S.T.E.M disciplines. 

PI: David Fruman 
(949) 824-1947, 2274 

Director: Harinder Singh
(949) 824-8372.

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