The Interdisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Research (CVR) is a T32 Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Health. Appointees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in a research or clinical doctoral or postdoctoral program. Anyone on a temporary or student visa is not eligible.
Appointees must work in the laboratory of a CVR Training Faculty and research must be in the broad fields of: Molecular Basis of Cardiac Function, Signaling in Vascular Disease, and/or Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease. Trainees involved in projects including Precision Medicine are encouraged to apply. All applicants are expected to have taken a course in systems physiology (e.g. PSIO 603 or equivalent) as well as a course in Cell and Molecular Physiology (e.g. PSIO 503, or equivalent).
Predoctoral Trainee Expectations
PhD trainees are typically supported by the CVR Program in years 2 and 3, MD/PhD trainees in years 3 and 4. Appointed trainees are expected to:
- Devote full-time effort during the trainee appointment period.
- Take an NIH approved Ethics course and appropriate graduate coursework aligned with CVR T32 program.
- Prepare and maintain an Individual Development Plan (IDP) that reflects interests and goals (aided by MyIDP: http://myidp.sciencecareers.org).
- Submit and annual mentor evaluation and a short progress report six months after the start of the award.
- Trainees and Mentors must participate (when possible) in all T32 events.
- Present research at a scientific meeting/symposiums including the annual AZ Physiological Sciences Conference.
- With Mentor, submit a manuscript and external funding application (NIH, AHA, etc.) during training period.
- Provide the CVR administration annual updates regarding career moves and publications to for a total of 15 years from date of initial appointment in order to fulfill Kirschstein-NRSA renewal requirements.
Predoctoral Application Instructions
1. Applicant submits the application as ONE PDF file. Include:
- application form
- the trainee’s graduate school application packet (minus confidential reference letters)
- a current transcript
- a description of the applicant’s dissertation project
- CV with the length (in months) of each research experience, including undergraduate research, and appicant's contributions to those experiences
2. Mentor submits a letter of recommendation and current NIH biosketch. All junior mentors (rank at assistant professor) must include a statement from a senior T32 mentor (at the associate or full professor rank) who will serve as a co-mentor.
Length of the award will be for one year, with the option to reapply for a second year of support. The awardees will be chosen by the T32 internal advisory committee.
Submission deadline: April 15. Awards effective: June 1 or on renewal date for reapplicants.