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ITHS TL1 Translational Research Training Program

TL1 Translational Research Training Program Request for Applications

The ITHS TL1 Program is a one-year mentored research training program in translational science for predoctoral students. This program creates a cross-disciplinary community of emerging researchers and provides them with specific training, career development opportunities, and team science skills to help them function effectively within translational science teams.

The TL1 Program is open to applicants from all disciplines and backgrounds who meet the eligibility criteria.

Application Period Closed
Key Dates

  • Application Deadline
    October 30, 2017
  • Notification of Awards
    Mid-December, 2017
  • Program Start and End Dates
    March 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019

Through a combination of thoughtful mentorship, interdisciplinary interaction, and focused training, TL1 Trainees receive the career development tools needed to become impactful translational researchers.


The ITHS TL1 Program supports trainees on their path to becoming successful translational investigators with the following:

  • Research and study opportunities: The program provides career development through seminars, mentored training from experienced clinical researchers, experiential learning, and networking opportunities.
  • Stipend: Trainees receive monthly predoctoral stipends, which are uniformly set for all trainees by the National Institute of Health. Review the current NRSA stipend levels.
  • Tuition: The TL1 Program will pay 60 percent of full-time tuition (up to $16,000/year).

TL1 support is contingent upon continual trainee progress and compliance with ITHS directives, as well as continued support from the NCATS grant that funds the TL1 Program.

Program Description
Program Description

The TL1 Program is a predoctoral training program sponsored by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This program focuses on improving Trainee experience and knowledge of the Core Competencies of Clinical and Translational Research. TL1 Trainees commit full-time effort towards their translational research and the training involved in the program. They participate in regular seminars, attend ITHS career development events, take part in cohort building activities, and expand their translational skillset through training.

By the end of their appointments, Trainees can expect to be able to:

  • Conduct a small research study, under supervision
  • Present their research with confidence to a general research audience
  • Participate in data collection, management, and analysis within a transdisciplinary research team
  • Coordinate their own research with that of the larger team
  • Develop proposals for independent research funding
  • Evaluate ethical issues facing beginning clinical/translational investigators
  • Communicate research effectively with diverse audiences

Core Competencies
Core Competencies

The TL1 Program training elements focus on increasing competency in the following core thematic areas of clinical and translational research:

  • Clinical and Translational Research Questions
  • Literature Critique
  • Study Design
  • Research Implementation
  • Sources of Error
  • Statistical Approaches
  • Biomedical Informatics

  • Clinical Research Interactions
  • Scientific Communication
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Translational Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Cross Disciplinary Training
  • Community Engagement


TL1 Trainees will continue the pursuit of their terminal degrees while also incorporating the quarterly TL1 Seminars (UCONJ 517 in Summer, UCONJ 599 in Fall, Winter, and Spring).

As part of their training in translational science, applicants selected for the TL1 program are expected to take courses in addition to those in their current program of study. The TL1 program requires courses in Biostatistics (e.g., BIOST 511, 512, 513 or BIOSTAT 517, 518), Epidemiological methods (e.g., EPI 511 or EPI 512, 513 or equivalent) and clinical trial methods (e.g., BIOST 524). The exact course plan to meet these requirements will depend on each individual’s prior course work, area of study and goals. Other relevant methods courses may also be taken, such as qualitative and mixed-methods.

Course credits from the TL1 program can be fully transferred to more advanced master’s or doctoral programs. Some students who enter the program will extend their professional predoctoral training up to a year. However, there will be some students whose prior coursework or experience may allow them to integrate their coursework easily into their ongoing professional doctoral work.


The TL1 Program is open to students enrolled in predoctoral programs within the University of Washington. These include Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work, as well as health-related programs in the College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences.

To be considered eligible for the TL1 Program, applicants must be:

  • Pre-doctoral trainees training at a post-baccalaureate level and enrolled in a program leading to a PhD in a health science research-related doctoral degree program, or a combined doctoral level professional degree plus a clinical research-related advanced degree (such as a MD, DDS, DO, DNP, PharmD/MS or MD, DDS, DO, DNP, PharmD/PhD). Students who wish to postpone their professional studies for one year to gain research experience may be appointed to the TL1 Program for that period, provided that all other eligibility criteria are met.
  • A U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, with verification documents (individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible).
  • Able to commit full-time effort in the program at the time of appointment.

Applicants must not:

  • Conduct research outside of the United States during their appointment period.
  • Accept salary support from other Public Health Service-funded grants during their appointment period.
  • Have previously received five years or more of NRSA support in aggregate at the predoctoral level, including any combination of support from institutional training grants and individual fellowship awards.

How to Apply
How to Apply
Key Dates

  • Application Deadline
    October 30, 2017
  • Notification of Awards
    Mid-December, 2017
  • Program Start and End Dates
    March 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019

Up to sixteen (16) Trainees will be selected for the TL1 Program.

Step 1. Obtain Mentor Letter of Recommendation (LOR)
Letters should be submitted online through the Mentor LOR form.

You will need one letter of recommendation:

1) Letter of Recommendation from Primary Mentor – Letters of recommendation should be no longer than two pages, address the applicant’s promise as a translational researcher, and include information on the level of support and involvement the mentor expects to provide the applicant during their potential appointment. Letters of recommendation should be submitted by mentors through the Mentor Letter of Recommendation Form.

Applicants: Please direct your mentors to the Mentor Letter of Recommendation Form as early as possible. All letters of recommendation are due on October 30, 2017 at 11:59pm PDT.

You can either:

1. Copy the following link, and deliver it any way you’d like (e.g. Craft your own email).
– OR –
2. Enter a few details into a form, and we’ll send the link to them for you.

Visit the form

Step 2. Complete the following items prior to accessing the online application
Combine Items 2-5 into a single PDF file.
Step 3. Complete the online application form
About Translational Research
About Translational Research

Translational research involves moving knowledge and discovery gained from the basic sciences to its application in clinical and community settings. This concept is often summarized by the phrases “bench-to-bedside” and “bedside-to-community” research. Take a look at the Translational Science Spectrum from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences to see where your research fits.

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