Training Grants Resources

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WELCOME, UArizona faculty & staff!

Explore these pages to learn more about training grants and the process of obtaining them. If at any point you would prefer to speak with someone, please contact Courtney Coffey,, at Research Development Services.

What are training grants?

NIH, NSF, USDA and other federal sponsors offer grants to support training the next generation of diverse STEM and biomedical professionals. Training grants are those where the majority of the budget is dedicated to

  1. direct financial support of participating trainees (undergraduates, graduate students, or postdocs) in the form of stipends, scholarships and/or salary; or
  2. personnel and activities that support trainees' persistence and graduation from an educational program. Research Development Services, in collaboration with key campus stakeholders, has prepared these resources to help faculty and staff in their pursuit of training grants.

PDF: Developing a Diversity Plan for STEM Education Grant Proposals

Tips, best practices, and further resources including a directory of potential UArizona Consultants and partners

For Trainees

The Graduate Center Office of Fellowships is available to help any UArizona graduate student seeking additional funding for their graduate education. Please see their extensive set of resources here: Office of Fellowships.

Trainees and Mentors in the College Medicine: Please see this website for numerous internal and external fellowship opportunities, best practices for applying from UArizona, and other resources: College of Medicine Trainee Opportunities.


PDF: Federal Sponsors' Inclusive Language Guidance

A style guide based on language guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Document: Institutional Letter of Support Template

This adaptable template can be used to create an institutional letter of commitment for your T32 or R25 grant proposal.

Box folder with PDFs: Logic Models

Training for faculty

University-wide MENTOR Institute Training is available for Faculty, Graduate Students and Post-docs. Please read more about the two levels of training available (each takes about 60 minutes to complete) and how to register here: MENTOR Institute Training

Short description of this training: 

All faculty mentors and their mentees will be required to take mentoring workshops through the MENTOR (Mentorship through Effective Networking, Transformational Opportunities, and Research) Institute at UArizona. This program is based on the National Research Mentor Network and the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research training. The 2-hour MENTOR Institute training focuses on building effective mentoring skills, for both the mentor and the mentee. Content includes creating individualized mentoring plans, setting expectations, and regularly reviewing the mentoring relationship. The training includes a synchronous discussion-based session where participants share their mentoring philosophy and practice positive communication. These training activities will help ensure faculty provide high quality research and professional mentorship, while trainees feel empowered to maximize the benefits of mentorship.


Mentoring activity ideas

PDF: Graduate Student Mentorship Program Ideas & Resources

PDF: Undergraduate Mentorship Program Ideas & Resources


This national volunteer-led group meets tri-annually to discuss guidelines and share resources for NIH training grants, particularly T32s. Consider joining if you are a training grant director, or if you support training grants as a research administrator or research development specialist. This group also dialogues with NIH on policies, guidance and issues related to data tables. 

The Center for Educational Assessment, Research, & Evaluation, housed in the College of Education, offers customized program evaluation services. Contact CEARE staff, Drs. Adriana Cimetta (Associate Research Professor) and Rebecca Friesen (Research Scientist) to request an initial meeting:;  

Dr. Sanlyn Buxner, Associate Research Professor in the College of Education, has extensive experience as both a STEM education researcher and as an evaluator of STEM education programs. To request an initial meeting write to Dr. Buxner at

The Southwest Center for Research on Women has decades of experience evaluating projects centered on marginalized communities and individuals, with expertise on not only assessing program impacts, but also identifying and responding to unexpected impacts, whether positive or negative. To request an initial meeting, write to SIROW Director, Josephine Korchmaros at

Dr. Stephanie Murphy, Associate Research Professor and Director of the Women in Science and Engineering Program, provides both qualitative and quantitative program evaluation. Her expertise includes intersectionality, community-based research, and structural equity issues within STEM education. Write to Dr. Murphy at 

Cancer Training Program Evaluation staff provide evaluation services for training grants focused on cancer/oncology. 

Informational page: Responsible Conduct of Research

Box folder: UArizona Funded Training Grant Proposals

PIs who have been awarded a training grant have generously shared their proposal as a reference for others within the University of Arizona community who wish to apply for a training grant themselves. Please note: by accessing this library, you agree to keep the information within confidential and not to share outside of the University of Arizona.  Funded proposals in this folder (please see link above) include: 

1. NIH Diversity Supplement

2. NIH T32 (three examples)

3. NSF REU Site Grant

We welcome additional proposals for this growing library! 

Tips & Stories 

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Tips from training grant Principal Investigators.

Follow these tips, and you'll be well on your way to developing a successful training grant proposal!

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Discover why researchers invest in training grants.

Principal investigators give their reasons for investing in training programs.

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NSURP: An All-Online Training Program

Summer traineeship empowers diverse students in science. 

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IMSD has helped more than 20 cohorts succeed.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) supports a growing number of PhD students in biomedical fields. 

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