Training Grant Programs

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Generous support from scientific funding agencies enables UC Davis graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to receive specialized training from our world-class faculty. 

A training grant is an agreement that provides funding intended to pay stipends to, and provide a coordinated training program for students, postdoctoral researchers, staff, teachers and/or faculty who are selected by the institution to be a part of the training program. Training grants are different from fellowships, which generally provide stipends for individuals who are selected by the agency. Below are some training grants specific to the biological sciences. Graduate Studies maintains an additional list of training grants.

View the Graduate Studies training grant website


Basic Neuroscience Training Grant

Principal Investigator: W. Martin Usrey
Supported by the National Institutes of Health 

The Training Program in Basic Neuroscience provides students a broad training in the fundamental principles of neuroscience.

Visit the Basic Neuroscience program website


Biomolecular Technology Training Grant

Principal Investigator: J. Kent Leach
Supported by the National Institutes of Health

The NIH Training Program in Biomolecular Technology is a graduate-level training grant awarded in recognition of the quality of multidisciplinary research and training provided by the campus. This Training Grant is one of four Biotechnology Training Programs in California. UC Davis joins Stanford, UCLA and The Scripps Research Institute to form an elite group of biotechnology training programs.

View the Biotechnology program's website


Chemical Biology Program Training Grant

Principal Investigator: Peter Beal 
Supported by the National Institutes of Health

The Chemical Biology Program (CBP) supports students engaged in predoctoral training at the chemistry-biology interface. The CBP is funded in part by an NIH T32 Training Grant for Ph.D. students training at this interface.

Visit the CBP program website


Clinical and Translational Science Center TL1 Pre- and Postdoctoral Clinical Research Training Program

Principal Investigator: Lars Berglund
Supported by the National Institutes of Health

The Clinical and Translational Science Center TL1 Pre- and Post-Doctoral Clinical Research Training Program is jointly sponsored by the UC Davis School of Medicine and the Clinical and Translational Science Center. It provides clinical and translational research training for medical students, pre-doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars in the basic sciences using a team science approach.

View the CTSC program website


Environmental Health Sciences Training Grant

Principal Investigator: Pamela Lein
Supported by the National Institutes of Health

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Training Program at UC Davis offers interdisciplinary predoctoral training in environmental health science. The objective of this predoctoral program is to train the next generation of environmental health scientists through interdisciplinary research and coursework.

Visit the NIEHS program website


LaMP Training Program and Grant

Principal Investigator: Kimberly McAllister
Supported by the National Institutes of Health

The Learning, Memory, and Plasticity (LaMP) Training Program and Grant offer in-depth training in learning, memory, and plasticity research. The goal of this program is to teach the next generation of neuroscientists to have the skills and drive needed to work collaboratively and tackle the most important issues in learning, memory, and plasticity in order to improve human health.

Visit the UC Davis MAP website


Molecular and Cellular Biology Training Program

Principal Investigator: Jim Trimmer
Supported by the National Institutes of Health

The Training Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology prepares members for successful careers in the biomedical workforce. Training is provided by 65 trainers in 16 academic departments, with wide-ranging interests including genetics, biochemistry, structural biology, cell, molecular and developmental biology, physiology and neuroscience.

Visit the MCBTP website


NEI Vision Science Training Grant

Principal Investigator: Marie Burns
Supported by the National Institutes of Health

Vision Sciences Training Grant support is available for the training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in Vision Research in laboratories utilizing a wide array of approaches, including genetics of ocular disease, live cell imaging, physiology and behavior, computational modeling, functional neuroimaging, optics, biomedical engineering and psychophysics.

View the NEI program website


Oncogenic Signals and Chromosome Biology Post Doctoral Fellowship Program

Principal Investigator: Wolf-Dietrich Heyer
Supported by the National Institutes of Health

This T32 fellowship program in Oncogenic Signals and Chromosome Biology (OSCB) has developed from a general interest in cellular responses and signal pathways integrating both responses to the cellular environment mediated by cell surface receptors and to signals initiated inside of the cell nucleus such as damage to DNA.  [Note: The program is for post-doctoral scholars.]

Visit the OSCB program website


Predoctoral Training in Pharmacological Sciences Program

Principal Investigator: Donald Bers
Supported by the National Institutes of Health

The Predoctoral Training in Pharmacological Sciences Program broadens the research perspectives and skills of trainees interested in pharmacological research. It leverages the multidisciplinary biomedical research environment at UC Davis with its highly successful programs in drug development.

Visit the PTPS program website


Postbaccalaureate Research and Education Program

Principal Investigator: Dan Starr
Supported by the National Institutes of Health

The Training Program in Learning, Memory, and Plasticity (LaMP) prepares students in modern approaches to multidisciplinary research in learning, memory and plasticity, across disciplines (cell/molecular, systems, behavior, cognitive) and scales (mouse and NHP animal models and humans).

View the PREP website


Sustainable Oceans: from Policy to Science to Decisions Training Grant

Principal Investigator: Jim Sanchirico
Supported by the National Science Foundation

The Sustainable Oceans: from Policy to Science to Decisions training grant will train the next generation of quantitative marine scientists under a new paradigm that begins with the decisions facing policymakers to generate use-inspired research questions across ecology, conservation biology, economics, geology, physiology, biogeochemistry and oceanography.View the Sustainable Oceans program website