2024 TL1 Training Award RFA

Deadline Date: 
5PM on March 06, 2024

$35, 694 for one year (Pre-docs)

Up to $75,792 for one year* (Post-docs)

*Depending on level of experience

Year 1 Funding Dates: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025

Possible 2 Year Renewal Period: July 1, 2025 – June 30, 2026

Appointments are for 2 years and based on positive annual evaluation of trainee progress


The goal of the CTSC TL1 Training Award is to support career development among pre- and early post-doctoral trainees near the beginning of their careers by providing rigorous training and mentoring to conduct translational team research across disciplines and institutions.

 TL1 projects must have a translational or clinical research focus; Purely basic research proposals will not be funded. Pre‐clinical studies should have near‐term potential to translate into patient‐oriented research. Emphasis is placed on precision medicine, drug discovery, targeted therapeutics, biomarkers, device development, novel technologies,  LGBTI health needs, underserved populations, community health outcomes, pediatric and women’s health, life  course studies of diseases, and studies incorporating biostatistical methodologies and design. 

 TL1 Trainees pursue research training on a full-time basis, defined by NIH as 40 hours per week (100% time and effort). Appointments are normally made for 12 months (no less than 9 months), up to 2 years, based on positive bi-annual evaluation of scholarly progress. Trainees receive:

  • Stipend coverage at the NIH approved level
  • Funding for supplies and research support including educational expenses
  • Funding for travel to present at national conferences and symposia
  • Access to research support services to facilitate conducting C/T research
  • Multi-level mentoring
  • Clinical and Translational (C/T) research training
  • Professional skills and career development training   

 PDF icon Click Here to View 2024 TL1 Application Instructions and Eligibility Criteria


Pre and Early Post-doctoral MD Trainees

TL1 awardees who currently hold a medical degree or are medical students are required to enroll in either the Advanced Certificate (if funded for 1 year) or the Master’s in C/T Investigation Degree (if funded for 2 years).

Pre and Early Post-doctoral PhD Trainees

TL1 trainees are encouraged to enroll in the Advanced Certificate and/or Master’s Degree in C/T Investigation. TL1 Awardees who are enrolled in, or currently hold doctoral-level research degrees (PhDs) are required to complete a total of 10 course credits during their appointment.

Upon completion of the TL1 program, the following are required:

  • A first author scientific article submitted to a high-quality scientific journal OR if appropriate, a clinical & translational grant proposal submitted to a federal (i.e., K award or other NIH funding mechanism) or other funding agency requiring peer-review with the trainee named as Principal Investigator
  • Abstract submission and poster presentation of CTSC TL1 research project at the annual Translational Science National Conference
  • Presentation of CTSC TL1 research project at a local, national, or international scientific conference
  • Presentation of CTSC TL1 research project at a Research-in-Progress forum
  • Completion, within the last four years, of human subjects protection training such as the Responsible Conduct of Research training course

Questions? See CTSC FAQs, or email CTSC-education@med.cornell.edu 

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