CTS Team T32 Training Grant

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

The current TL1 training grant will be succeeded by a T32 grant in 2025, pending a funding decision in the Spring. The new CTS Team T32 Predoctoral Training Program will continue to provide 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.

TL1 Trainees at the 2018 CTSI Research Day
TL1 Trainees at the CTSI Research Day

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 T32 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 T32 Team
  • Submit results of clinical/translational team research for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Attend at least six (6) career & professional development events each year
  • Submit semi-annual progress reports during the funded period, and annual progress reports thereafter until graduation.
  • Participate in program evaluation activities
  • Cite the CTSA TL32 and UL1 awards in peer-reviewed publications

CTS Teams

CTS (T32) Trainees will be expected to identify one other CTS Trainee as a research collaborator, and apply for T32 support as a CTS Team. CTS 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 PhD studies, prior to defending their dissertation proposal.
  • Team specific aims that are clinical or translational must be added to doctoral dissertation research.
  • 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.


CTS trainees will initially receive one year of funding, including a stipend (current year level: $26,352*), tuition waiver and health insurance; $4,200 for training-related expenses (includes student health insurance); and a $1,500 travel allowance to attend and present research at the annual Translational Science conference. A second year of funding will be awarded based on satisfactory performance and research progress.


Please Note: If you currently have a Graduate School Fellowship, you can still participate in a CTS Team with your own funding.

Contact Christian A. Rodriguez with any questions.

*Per NIH NRSA guidelines, adjusted annually. If a CTS trainee’s current stipend is above $24,816, their mentor should supplement the stipend from non-federal funds to the original stipend level.

2025 CTS Team T32 Application Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held every week in-person and through Zoom.

2025 dates will be up at the beginning of the Fall semester.

2025 Application Information

Applicants must assemble an application packet that includes:

  • A completed application which includes a proposed research plan with individual and team components.


  • Supporting materials from applicants:   

Modified- Biosketch Instructions & Sample for CTS Team T32-2025

Blank Biosketch – Fellowship Format

  • Supporting materials from proposed TL1 Team mentors
    • Joint letter of support and mentoring plan
    • NIH Biosketch from each mentor

New applications must be submitted electronically to Christian A. Rodriguez (chrisar94@ufl.edu) by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 4. Paper documents will not be accepted. Finalists will be interviewed by the CTS Team T32 Advisory Committee in late April – early May 2025. New appointments will begin on August 16 for the 2025-2026 academic year.


If you have questions about the program, please contact Christian A. Rodriguez.