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.

News and Information about Programs

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Please contact with questions. All applications are accepted online.

Faculty News

  • ICRE Degree Program Alumnus Dr. Brian A. Primack has been named the Bernice L. and Morton S. Lerner Chair and dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s University Honors College. Dr. Primack graduated from the Master of Science in Clinical Research Degree Program in 2008 and went on to earn a PhD from our Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical and Translational Science Program in 2011. He is currently the Leo H. Criep Endowed Chair in Patient Care in Pitt’s School of Medicine, and an interdisciplinary scholar and researcher with broad research interests ranging from media messaging and community engagement to clinical medicine and public health. Primack’s deanship begins on July 1, 2017.
  • Wishwa Kapoor, MD, MPH, Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, was selected as the winner of the 2016 Association of Chiefs and Leaders of General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM) Chief’s Recognition Award, which is given annually to the general internal medicine division chief who most represents excellence in division leadership. This is a highly competitive award and, in the words of the awards committee, Dr. Kapoor “stood out as having strengthened your division with special attention to growth in all areas, with a strong focus on faculty development and mentoring.” Dr. Kapoor will receive his award at the ACLGIM Awards Dinner at the annual meeting in Florida in May 2016.
  • Doris Rubio, PhD, director of the Center for Research on Health Care Data Center and co-director of the Institute for Clinical Research Education, is the 2016 winner of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science Distinguished Educator Award. Dr. Rubio, the second woman to win this award since its inception, is recognized because she has distinguished herself as an investigator, mentor, and academic leader in clinical and translational research education and training. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Rubio on this well-deserved award.
  • Wishwa Kapoor, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Director of both the Institute for Clinical Research Education and the Center for Research on Health Care, gave an insightful interview to science writer and Pitt Med contributor, Alla Katsnelson. Dr. Kapoor remarked on physician-scientists and suggested ways institutions and, specifically, mentors can help bolster and sustain the careers of this “endangered species.” Click here to read the full article on Pitt Med.
  • Two new federally funded programs aimed at enhancing diversity in the biomedical sciences are being implemented at the ICRE. Doris Rubio, PhD, Co-Director of the ICRE, is the Director of both the Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS) and the Professional Mentoring Skills Enhancing Diversity (PROMISED) programs. LEADS, funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, is a one-year program that provides professional skill training for postdoctoral students and junior faculty at our five participating Minority Serving Institutions. PROMISED, funded by the National Research Mentoring Network, provides leadership training for mentors across the country to help them serve as mentors to groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.

Recent Grant Opportunities

2019 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

The Vilcek Foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to young foreign-born biomedical scientists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Eligible work may be in basic, applied, or translational biomedical science.

For more details, please click here. Applications are due by June 11, 2018.

Physician-Scientist (PS) Research Award for Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional)

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has announced the Physician-Scientist Research Award for Early Stage Investigators, intended to support the independence of physician-scientist faculty committed to academic careers in heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders research, and related implementation science.

For more details, please click here. Applications are due by June 4, 2018.

NIA-Sponsored Workshop on Forming Science–Industry Research Collaborations to be Held in September at Stanford University

The Stanford Center on Longevity and Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Science are inviting applications from early career social scientists to attend a 2-day training workshop at Stanford University, September 10-11, 2018.

Supported by a National Institute on Aging grant, this workshop will focus on strategies and tools for academic researchers to collaborate with private sector companies on applied research problems and interventions related to everyday decision making and behavior.

Assistant professors, postdocs, and PhD students who have advanced to candidacy are eligible to apply. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Travel and lodging will be covered for trainees. Applications are due May 1, 2018. Click here to apply.

Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Cancer Research (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

This award represents the continuation of a National Cancer Institute program to enhance the diversity of the pool of the cancer research workforce by recruiting and supporting eligible junior investigators and Early Stage Investigators from underrepresented groups. This funding opportunity will also provide a bridge to investigators who have completed their research training and may need extra time to develop a larger research grant application.

For more details, please click here. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

2018 Health Disparities Research Institute

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) from July 23-27, 2018. The HDRI aims to support the research career development of promising minority health and health disparities research scientists early in their careers, stimulating research in the disciplines supported by health disparities science.

For more details, please click here. Applications are due by April 27, 2018.

2018 NHSC Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) seeks clinicians who demonstrate an interest in serving the nation’s medically underserved populations and remaining in Health Professional Shortage Areas beyond their service commitment.

To view the Application and Program Guide (PDF), click here. Applications are due by April 23, 2018.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs

  • Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers (LRP-CR) (NOT-OD-17-077) National Institutes of Health
  • Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Pediatric Research (LRP-PR) (NOT-OD-17-078) National Institutes of Health
  • Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Contraception and Infertility Research (LRP-CIR) (NOT-OD-17-079) National Institutes of Health
  • Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research (LRP-HDR) (NOT-OD-17-080) National Institutes of Health
  • Extramural Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (LRP-IDB) (NOT-OD-17-081) National Institutes of Health

For more grant opportunities, please see the grant opportunities page.


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"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