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The CTS KL2 is a highly competitive program for junior faculty at the University of Pittsburgh that offers 75% salary support for up to 5 years to provide protected time to conduct preliminary research for a career development award. The CTS KL2 provides courses, seminars, workshops, and experiential training to build essential translational research skills in team science, leadership, stakeholder engagement, communication, and moving innovations to commercialization.


TRANSFORM aims to improve the diversity of the biomedical research workforce by enhancing the retention, promotion, and attainment of institutional leadership roles for URM mid-career faculty. TRANSFORM leverages the Association of American Medical Colleges’ annual Mid-Career Minority Faculty Leadership Seminar as the entry point to matriculate 20 scholars per year into a yearlong multi-faceted program that builds senior leadership and career development, and institutional sponsorship for advancement in academia.


Supporting our Scientists (SOS) is a year-long program that supports faculty who have experienced undue caregiving responsibilities as a result of COVID, and whose research productivity and career trajectory has been disrupted due to these responsibilities. Recipients will be awarded $35,000 for supplemental research support, have access to individual career coaching from certified coaches, and be given a ‘work-life flexibility debit card,’ which can be used to facilitate time-saving activities. This opportunity is available to basic, translational, and clinical scientists from across the schools of health sciences.


The CTS TL1 Fellowship equips researchers with the skills to advance the translational of discoveries into improved patient outcomes and health policy. Both pre- and postdoctoral students are eligible to receive rigorous translational research training and multidisciplinary mentoring through this personalized, 1-year fellowship.

Building Up

The Building Up program is an NIGMS-funded U01 grant that is testing the effectiveness of the Career Education and Enhancement for Research Diversity (CEED) program with a cluster randomized trial. CEED was developed by the ICRE over 10 years ago to improve the Psychological Capital of postdocs and junior faculty who are underrepresented in the biomedical workforce.


The LHS Fellowship prepares graduates to be on the front lines of the transformation of the health care system. Fellows gain experience in reforming payment or delivery systems, and stimulating change within a complex health system.


The CEED Program is designed for postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty from underrepresented minority groups at the University of Pittsburgh. Scholars receive mentoring and intensive training in grant writing, preparation of publications, and development of leadership and management skills.


The CEED II Program provides University of Pittsburgh medical students with exposure to translational research and the skills needed for a successful research career, along with networking opportunities and mentoring.


The LEADS program is a yearlong fellowship in translational research for junior faculty and postdocs at Minority Serving Institutions. Scholars develop essential skills in areas such as grant writing and team science, and receive targeted career coaching from members of our dedicated leadership team.


Excel-CRT provides top-quality clinical research training to international scholars.


Residents in this program pursue mentored research and a clinical research seminar throughout their clinical training. In addition, they devote 2 months to completing the core curriculum in clinical research following their intern year.


In this program for international residents at the University of Pittsburgh, residents pursue mentored research and attend clinical research seminars throughout their clinical training. In addition, they devote 2 months to completing the core curriculum in clinical research following their intern year.


Residents in this three-year program will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to design and implement academic projects. Participants are paired with a mentor and pursue a project in one of five wide-ranging areas, which will result in a presentation and a published manuscript.


This intensive 8-week program is designed to teach fundamental skills of clinical research to physicians in UPMC-affiliated residency and fellowship programs.


The CSTP is a yearlong clinical research training program for medical students at the University of Pittsburgh who are committed to careers in clinical investigation.

Med Ed

The Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) is offering an exciting new MedEd Faculty Development program, featuring 4-week, small-enrollment, online “mini-courses” focused on timely topics in medical education.


Mothers Leading Science (MLS) is a year-long leadership development program for research-intensive faculty in the health sciences who identify as mothers of school age and/or young children. The purpose of this program is to foster professional and personal growth, provide peer mentoring, integrate the dual roles of scientist and mother, develop future institutional leaders, and build a network of peers for ongoing support throughout their careers.

"The ICRE has been invaluable in my pursuit of both research and leadership training. A career in research is challenging on many levels, but thanks to the willingness of the ICRE faculty and staff to go the extra mile for its trainees, I feel supported and am confident in my ability to succeed as an independent clinician-investigator and health services researcher. "

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
2016 Master of Science in Clinical Research Graduate
2016 Clinical and Translational Science Scholars Program Graduate

Institute for Clinical Research Education
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