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Training Grant Program Resources

UC San Diego provides a broad variety of campus resources to support training programs, PD/PIs, mentors, and trainees, making UC San Diego an ideal training environment. See below for institutional resources ranging from research ethics training to diversity programs to grant administration tools.

Institutional Support Letter

Many new and renewal NIH training applications now require a combined Institutional Letter of Support signed by the Executive Vice Chancellor that describes all institutional resources supporting the planned training program and its trainees as well as how the program strategically fits within the overall training grant landscape of campus. This single institutional support letter replaces the former process of collecting multiple letters of support from across campus.

To obtain the most current version of the Institutional Letter of Support template, please complete this brief form and the current template will be emailed to you as a GoogleDoc link within 10 business days. This will kick off the collaborative editing process within the GoogleDoc, where the PI/PD and staff will make edits and add detailed program information directly into the shared document. 

At least four weeks prior to the submission deadline, once the PI/PD has tailored the letter to their specific program (no longer than 10-pages), tag Jenn Bourque ( and Tamara Schaps ( in the GoogleDoc or email the link back to us. The letter then will be reviewed, approved, routed for signature, and then returned to the PI/PD and staff for inclusion in the proposal. 

Depending on program particulars, the review process may involve the Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, Department Chairs, School Deans, and the appropriate sponsored projects office prior to routing to the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for final signature. 

Matching Fellowship Support

When applying for extramural research grants that support graduate students, Principal Investigators (PIs) may request San Diego Match Fellowships from the Division of Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs to enhance the proposal and promote inclusive excellence. PIs should complete the online request form at least one month in advance of the submission deadline to allow adequate time for review. Learn more about requesting support.

If approved, information about the commitment will be inserted into the institutional support letter and a separate [internal only] confirmation letter will also be sent to the PI and/or fund manager outlining next steps, should the application be selected for funding. If the application is not selected for funding, a new matching fellowship request must be submitted for any subsequent resubmissions or new proposals. 

Matching fellowship support from the Division of Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs is contingent upon the continued availability of funds and may shift at any time. Learn more here.

Faculty Mentoring

Trainee-centered mentoring is an essential component of a successful research training experience. Below are resources at UC San Diego and beyond to support faculty mentors of research trainees.

  • Individual Consultations: Faculty Leadership and Development provides consultations with PIs and other faculty leaders on best practices in mentoring, strategies for working with your trainees and staff, and navigating common challenges encountered in the research training environment. Contact Ellen Beck for details. 
  • Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars:  Mentors can use IDPs to facilitate communication about a trainee's short- and long-term career objectives as well as the professional development plans to reach these goals. 
  • Health Sciences Faculty Mentor Training Programa formal structured mentorship program in Health Sciences designed to support the success of junior faculty, while also improving their sense of satisfaction and engagement with the institution. Recently this training has been made available to the broader campus community, if interested please email: 
  • Equity in Graduate Education (EGE) Resource Center: offers professional and organizational development opportunities that foster reflection, healthy discussion, and practical strategies for equitably recruiting, admitting, and serving students. A three-part workshop series (Introduction to Equity-Minded Mentoring, Fostering Wellbeing in Racialized Mentoring Environments, and Creating Cultures of Mentoring & Wellbeing) is offered annually through the UC San Diego Division of Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs. Email Tamara Schaps: 
  • NASEM Science of Effective Mentoring Resources: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine compiled and analyzed current research on effective mentors and developed these interactive resources, for example an amazing podcast offering short glimpses into real mentorship experiences through the eyes of both student mentees and faculty mentors.
  • National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN): resources to support the adoption of evidence-based mentoring practices to prepare trainees for successful careers.
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring: Annual award recognizing faculty who serve as effective advisors, advocates, role models, and colleagues for UC San Diego postdocs.

Program Evaluation/Assessment & Trainee Outcomes

NIH is prioritizing comprehensive program evaluations, logic models, and assessment, with a focus on trainee goals and learning outcomes in its proposal reviews. As the community continues to develop best practices, here are some resources to help you in creating your program assessment strategy.

  • Center for Research & Evaluation: resources for evaluation design/methodology, program monitoring/progress reports, data collection, data analysis, and evaluation reporting.
  • Teaching & Learning Commons: resources for assessment, setting program learning outcomes, and implementing an assessment plan.
  • NIH TWD Meeting: presentations from the 2019 Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity Program Director Meeting providing the latest community input.
  • NSF NRT Evaluators: resources for program evaluation specific to NSF Research Traineeship programs. 

Research Excellence

University facilities and trainings support the cutting-edge research conducting across campus and ensure research is conducted in an ethical and responsible manner. The below resources delineate expectations for the high standards of ethical behavior for faculty and students involved in research and provide procedures for addressing allegations of misconduct in research.

Diversity & Inclusion

UC San Diego values a positive, supportive, and inclusive research and training environment for individuals from all backgrounds. Below are resources from the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as well as our Principles of Community that are vital to the success of the University and the well-being of its constituents.

  • Principles of Community: guiding principles of UC San Diego to foster the best possible working and learning environment.
  • Diversity Programs: listing of the more than 30 programs designed to enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus.
  • Interactive Diversity Dashboards: transparent institution-wide data displays of diversity among undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty as well as results of campus climate surveys and reports prepared by campus committees, task forces, advisory panels and other groups regarding faculty, gender, equity and racial diversity.
  • Graduate Diversity Coordinators Program: department and program representatives within the UC San Diego community that are committed to recruiting diverse graduate students.
  • Resources on Managing Implicit Bias in Hiring: as part of UC's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, training was created to increase awareness of implicit bias and reduce its impact.
  • National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity: NCFDD is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students. UC San Diego maintains an institutional membership, which can be activated here.

Research Administration Resources

The VCHS Research Service Core provides administrative support and research administration tools for NIH training grants, including workshops, FAQs, and resources on submission, reporting, and award administration. See below for a menu of resources. To request access, contact Jill Weller (

Administrator Resources

  • Upcoming Workshops
  • NIH News Updates
  • Listserv & Message Board

Getting Started with your Training Grant Proposal

  • Planning
  • Strategies for a successful proposal
  • What do NIH Reviewers look for?
  • Strengths and Weaknesses from Previous NIH Reviewed Applications

Gathering Proposal Documentation

  • Program Plan
  • Recruitment Plan to Enhance Diversity
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Rigor and Reproducibility
  • Biosketches
  • Other Project Information
  • Additional Review Criteria

Building a Budget

  • Templates

Completing the Data Tables

  • What tables do I fill out for my application?
  • Data Table Details
  • xTRACT
  • Data Table Training

Award Management

  • Re-budgeting
  • Budget Tracking
  • Unliquidated Expenses
  • Progress Report
  • Financial Expense Report
  • Closeout

Working with Trainees

  • Trainee Tracking Spreadsheet & Tips
  • Managing Appointments
  • Tax Information
  • Payback Agreements
  • Ethics and Training
  • Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Training Grant Funding Opportunities

For faculty members and academic researchers interested in hosting an institutional training grant, funding agencies offer a variety of mechanisms for undergraduate, predoctoral, postdoctoral, and summer training programs. See below for resources and funding opportunities from various agencies. For information on administering or applying for a training grant, contact your sponsored office contact (OCGA, HSSPPO, or SIO OCGA).

Here is a helpful article spotlighting the unique aspects of the T32 mechanism.

National Institutes of Health

  • T32: predoctoral and/or postdoctoral research training programs.
    • NIGMS: overview of the NIGMS Institutional Predoctoral Training Program
  • T34: undergraduate academic and research training programs. 
  • T35: short-term (usually summer) programs for students in health professional schools, or for predoctoral and/or postdoctoral research training.
  • R25: research education activities for undergraduates through senior researchers.
  • K12: clinical scientist institutional career development program for postdoctoral and clinical residents.
  • T90/K90: comprehensive interdisciplinary research training programs at the undergraduate, predoctoral, and/or postdoctoral levels. 
  • T15: continuing education training grants, specifically to assist professional schools to establish, expand, or improve programs of continuing professional education. 
  • D43: international research training grants for predoctoral, postdoctoral, clinical
  • D71: planning grants to support development of international research training programs (D43) or U2R international research training cooperative agreements.
  • SUPP: diversity supplements to existing research grants to support additional personnel (undergraduate, graduate, clinical, postdoctoral, early career, or established investigators) and promote diversity in health-related research. See UC San Diego ACTRI's Diversity Resources for samples and submission tips.

National Science Foundation

NIGMS Administrative Supplement Opportunities

On January 18, 2022, NIGMS announced a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) for their annual administrative supplement opportunities for institutions with K12, T32, and select R25 awards.

Due to our success last year, UC San Diego is only eligible to apply for:

  • Administrative Supplements to Enhance Laboratory Safety Curriculum and a Culture of Safety in Biomedical Research Training Environments (NOT-GM-22-010

 Institutions with two or more eligible grants are expected to develop a single application proposing activities that are broadly applicable to individuals in all their programs. Due to multiple eligible awards, internal coordination may be required. If you are considering a supplement request in response to this notice, a very brief internal notification is due by Monday, January 31. Please contact Lynsey Fitzpatrick ( in the Research Development office.

 Note: UC San Diego is not eligible to submit to any of the following NIGMS training-grant supplements this year due to successful awards received last year:

  • Administrative Supplements for Curriculum or Training Modules to Promote Safe and Inclusive Biomedical Research Training Environments (NOT-GM-22-011)
  • Administrative Supplements for Curriculum or Training Modules to Enhance Undergraduate Biomedical Research Training (NOT-GM-22-012)
  • Administrative Supplements to Enhance Program Evaluation Capacity (NOT-GM-22-013)
  • Administrative Supplements for Curriculum or Training Activities to Enhance Mentoring in the Research Training Environment (NOT-GM-22-014)
  • Administrative Supplements for Curriculum or Training Activities to Enhance Wellness and Resiliency in the Training Environment (NOT-GM-22-015)

National Training Grant Community of Practice

In Spring 2021, Northwestern University, together with Georgetown University, Emory University and University of Wisconsin-Madison, invited UC San Diego to join a new group that was coming together to discuss NIH guidelines, share resources, and support training grant administration. This group is called the National Training Grant Community of Practice and meets three times per year. Below are recordings and slides from these meetings. If you're interested joining the community of practice, please email the organizing committee ( to get added to the listserv.

  • Next Meeting: February 16, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (PT) 

* A New Google Shared Drive has been created for all members of the National Training Grant Community of Practice. Please request access to this shared drive to view comprehensive resources; to reduce redundancy, no additional resources will be posted as links on this page, rather interested individuals should request access to the Shared Drive to view all community of practice resources. If you have trouble accessing the Shared Drive, please email