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Training Grants and Initiatives

Graduate students in the Molecular Biology, Biological Chemistry, and Neuroscience Programs are not expected to secure their own funding.

All PhD students admitted to the Molecular Biology Program and Biological Chemistry Program who remain in good academic standing receive financial support throughout their graduate training.

There are, however, a number of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Grants for which students may apply.

NIH Institutional Training Grants​ foster collaborations amongst departments, programs, and strategic initiatives. With this approach, we hope to cultivate a robust training environment for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and to enrich investigator research programs. These include the following:



 Developmental Biology Training Grant (T32)

  • Program Director: Joseph Yost
  • Program Administrator: Teresa Upton
  • 7 graduate student and 2 postdoctoral slots for support

Call for Developmental Biology Training Grant Applications - The deadline is Friday, August 16, 2019


Immunology Training Grant (ITG) 


Interdisciplinary Training in Cancer, Caregiving & End-of-Life Care (T32)

  • Program Director: Lee Ellington & Kathleen Mooney 
  • Program Administrator: Lee Ellington 
  • 4 graduate student and 4 postdoctoral slots for support


Interdisciplinary Training Program in Computational Approaches to Diabetes and Metabolism Research (T32)

  • Program Director: Wendy Chapman & Simon Fisher
  • Program Administrator: Barb Saffel
  • 3 graduate student and 2 postdoctoral slots for support

Call for Applications- Submission Deadline: September 16, 2019



Interdisciplinary Training Program in Metabolism (T32)

  • Program Director: Simon Fisher & Carl Thummel
  • Program Administrator: Jessica Kieper
  • 3 graduate student and 2 postdoctoral slots for support


PITCH (Program for Interdisciplinary Training in Chemical Biology) (T32)

  • Program Director: Michael Kay


  • Program Administrator: Jill Wilson 
  • 4 graduate student slots for support

Call for PITCH Training Grant Applications- The deadline is July 26, 2019 at Noon


Research Training in Hematology (T32)

  • Program Director: Elizabeth Leibold & Josef Prchal
  • Program Administrator: Heather Parkin
  • 4 graduate student and 2 postdoctoral slots for support

Request for predoctoral applications- Deadline September 16, 2019

Request for postdoctoral applications- Deadline 5 pm, September 3, 2019


Training Program in Genetics (T32)

  • Program Director: Gillian Stanfield
  • Program Administrator: June Blackburn
  • 9 graduate student slots for support

Request for predoctoral applications- Deadline Wednesday, October 9, 2019- Submission Deadline: August 2, 2019


Training Program in Microbial Pathogenesis (T32)

  • Program Director: Matt Mulvey
  • Program Co-Director: Janis Weis
  • Program Administrator: Kim Springer
  • 3 graduate student and 3 postdoctoral slots for support

Inflammation, Immunology, & Infectious Diseases (III) Associated Training Grants


University of Utah Biomedical Informatics Training Grant (T15)

  • Program Director: Wendy Chapman
  • Program Administrator: Shannon Ritzman
  • 5 graduate student and 3 postdoctoral slots for support


Vision Research Training Grant (T32)

  • Program Director: Wolfgang Baehr
  • Program Administrator: Julee LaMothe
  • 2 graduate student and 2 postdoctoral slots for support



Human Genetics Scholars Initiative

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Human Genetics Scholars Initiative, a new program to advance diversity and inclusion in the genetics and genomics workforce. The program will:
Identify, mntor and help prepare a select group of high-potential, diverse early-career individuals for professional success.
Develop and sustain a community of researchers across generations commited  to diversity and inclusion, who are willing to foster sustained attention to these issues in their research institutions and training programs.
Provide complimentary ASHG membership, funding to travel to and atteng the ASHG 2019 Annual Meeting, and funds for career development.

To apply for this two-year, intensice program, applicants must submit an abstract to the ASHG 2019 Annual Meeting by the June 6 deadline, as well as a CV/resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. The program is open to U.S. late-stage graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career researchers from underrepresented groups, as defined by NIH Guidelines

For more information please click here.




The Solve ME/CFS Initiative

The Solve ME/CFS Initiative is sponsoring a grant program to attract researchers who work in the broad scientific domains of immunology, metabolism, the microbiome, genetics, and neurology to apply their research to the problem of solving/treating myalgic encephalomyelitis (formerly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, or ME/CFS). This current seed grant funding range is $35k-$55k, ad their information indicates that this may lead to larger grants after the pilor phase. The application deadline is June 30th.

Please click here for more information.


Pilot and Feasibility Award from the University of Utah—Washington University Diabetes Research Center Collaboration

Grants of up to $40,000 (direct costs) for one year will be awarded.


  • New faculty members involved in diabetes-related research who have not yet obtained independent funding. Applications from these individuals are most likely to be supported by this mechanism.
  • Established investigators not involved in diabetes-related research who propose feasibility studies related to diabetes.
  • Established investigators involved in diabetes-related research who propose feasibility studies clearly not related to previously supported research.

Application Details- Deadline 5 pm, September 3, 2019.

Questions: Contact Dr. Simon Fisher at or Karen Muehlhauser at




Additional Opportunities can be found on our Affiliated Research Programs Page!


Last Updated: 9/13/19