Promoting Education and
   Research in Clinical and Translational
Science across the Career Pipeline

The Institute for Clinical Research Education

The Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) is the home for the University of Pittsburgh's premier clinical and translational research training programs as well as the home for the Research Education and Career Development Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

The ICRE's primary objectives are to develop, nurture, and support a cadre of clinical and translational scientists by building on the University of Pittsburgh's existing clinical research training programs to establish a comprehensive program with activities ranging from early research exposure for high school students to programs for faculty. We offer degrees in clinical and translational science as well as medical education. We also have numerous career development programs for trainees across the pipeline.

Linking You with the Tools for Success

The ICRE offers customized training opportunities at every stage of the career pipeline for clinician-educators and researchers in clinical and translational science. Please view our right sidebar to navigate the career pipeline.

News and Information about Programs

  • For Dr. Wishwa Kapoor's 2014 State of the Division Address, click here.
  • We will be holding an informational session for all interested applicants to the KL2-CRSP program on Thursday, November 13th, 2014 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM in the Parkvale Building, Room 305 A/B.
  • We are now accepting applications for the KL2-CRSP program. Click here for important information. Application deadline is 4:00 PM on Monday, February 16th, 2015.
  • The NIH has announced a set of loan repayment programs to support qualified scientific researchers by mitigating the burdens of student loan debt. The programs will repay up to $70,000 of student loan debt over the course of a two-year contract. The application cycle will open Sept. 1 and close Nov. 17. The website explaining the loan repayment programs includes eligibility details and an online application. Click here to visit the site.
  • Congratulations to Drs. Morone and Abebe, Co-Directors of the CEED program, who were featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune.
  • Do you need help finding a mentor? The ICRE has a database of mentors that is searchable by name, sex, race or ethnicity, department, type of research, field, method, funding status, or keyword.

Recent Grant Opportunities

Listed below are some of the most recent grant opportunities available to everyone. For more grant opportunities please see the grant opportunities page.

  • Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award

    The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has announced its Physician-Scientist Training Award to help physicians with clinical fellowship training gain more research skills and work as investigators. The program will retire up to $100,000 of medical school debt and provide a stipend of $100,000 in the first year, with $10,000 increases for three years.
  • Center for Medical Innovation Offers Funding

    Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) is requesting proposals for early-stage medical technology research. Pilot funding awards of up to $25,000 are available to help clinical and engineering faculty to develop innovative technology solutions to improve disease diagnosis, treatment, and patient care. Proposals should be e-mailed to using this clinical concept questionnaire (with “CMI early-stage preproposal submission” in the subject line) no later than 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15. Questions may be directed to CMI codirector Alan Hirschman, PhD, by calling 412-624-1177 or e-mailing
  • Funding Available for New Technologies

    Letters of intent due November 3, 2014.

    The Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Partners II Program at the University of Pittsburgh supports translational research projects in health care, with the goal of accelerating the introduction of new technologies into patient care to address unmet clinical needs. Specifically, the program supports partnerships between bioengineers and clinicians to speed translational research to patients and encourage commercialization of discoveries. More information is available by e-mailing
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Funding Available

    Awards offer $150,000-plus yearly for three years.

    The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is soliciting applications for the 2015 Clinical Scientist Development Award to help “junior physician-scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers.” Applicants should have an MD or OD degree, a valid medical license in the United States, and a full-time position as an assistant professor received between November 1, 2009, and November 1, 2013. Pre-proposals are due no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014. Full proposals are due on February 24, 2015.
  • Novo Nordisk Diabetes and Obesity Biologics Science Forum

    Informational teleconference Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

    The Novo Nordisk Diabetes and Obesity Biologics Science Forum Program is offering awards to faculty members at select leading institutions for research that highlights new ideas for biologic innovation within diabetes and obesity research. Novo Nordisk, a leader in diabetes innovation, will consider non-clinical research by both young and established researchers. There is a $250,000 Early Exploration Award for nonclinical research for promising hypotheses that do not yet have clinical data and a $500,000 Proof of Principal (PoP) award for nonclinical research for the validation of early stage innovations with sufficient supporting data. Proposals must be submitted by Monday, November 17, 2014. To attend the informational teleconference, please email Amy Phillips at by 9:00 AM on Monday, October 20, 2014.


March 2015

2 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
"Clinical Scientist Track/International Scholars Track Seminar"
Speaker: Dr. Venkata Akshintala
Institute for Clinical Research Education
[MUH NW 804]
18 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
"Mentoring and Burnout"
Speaker: Melissa McNeil
[Parkvale 305]
23 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
"Clinical Scientist Track/International Scholars Track Seminar"
Speaker: Dr. Emily Guhl and Dr. Ja Din
Institute for Clinical Research Education
[MUH NW 804]
24 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
"CEED Monthly Meeting"
Speaker: Mary Walsh, PT
Institute for Clinical Research Education
[Parkvale Building, room 219]
30 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
"Clinical Scientist Track/International Scholars Track Seminar"
Speaker: Dr. Bruno Lima and Dr. Matthew Rosengart
Institute for Clinical Research Education
[MUH NW 804]

"I'm always using things that I've learned in class one way or another.  Whether I'm reviewing a journal article, teaching at the bedside, or reviewing goals and objectives for our fellowship, being a part of the program has taught me a great deal and has afforded me many opportunities.  It's not uncommon for me to refer back to the material from various classes to help me with a specific issue. "

—Graduate, MS in Medical Education