Mechanisms and Innovations in Cardiovascular Disease T32 Training Grant

Deadline: March 15, 2024

Program Overview

This program trains a total of six fellows over two years through the NIH T32 training grant "Mechanisms & Innovation in Vascular Disease" in the following areas of vascular medicine and research: Vascular Reactivity & Thrombosis, Vascular Regeneration & Development, Metabolic or Lifestyle Influences on Vascular Outcomes, Proteomic Markers & Genetic Determinants of Vascular Disease, Gender & Ethnicity Differences in Vascular Disease, and Vascular Bioengineering. Twenty-nine faculty mentors from eighteen different departments within the School of Medicine and the University provide a variety of angles from which to address fundamental questions about vascular disease.

A structured curriculum, well-defined mentorship, and both internal and external evaluations ensure that fellows receive training in both research and career development to prepare them for independent careers. All fellows undergo a minimum two-year training period, with strong encouragement to submit individual research proposals (NRSA and AHA) for the following year(s). Support for a second year is conditional on evidence of research progress. At times a third year is offered for the transition to independence. It is mandatory that in Year 1 the trainee and mentor will outline a career plan for transition to independence, which may include grant preparations for funding through a K08 mechanism or application to the existing K12.

T32 trainees in the Mechanisms and Innovations in Cardiovascular Disease Program receive the following opportunities and programming to help secure their future success:

Research and Career Advice

— Trainees meet quarterly with T32 directors for feedback on their projects and career goals as well as discussions about topics relevant to academic research.

— T32 trainees also have prioritized access to mentors in the CVI Mentorship Program, to build out their Mentorship network.

— Short presentations at the Annual CVI Trainee Review Meeting also provide the trainees with feedback on their research and career trajectory from their peers and senior CVI scientists.

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research Training

— Auditing two quarters MED223 provides the trainees with a broad foundation in cardiovascular and pulmonary research topics   

— MED255 is a short and extremely valuable course on the responsible conduct of research.

Conferences and Invited Talks

— Typically between $1000 and $3000 per year is available for conference- and training-related expenses. The exact number varies depending on the details of your appointment.

— Trainees are invited to present at CVI's monthly Early Career Research Roundtable Series.

— Trainees are also invited to participate in CVI's annual Postdoc Symposium, at which they are eligible for a presentation award.

Additional Benefits

— Trainees may request grant and manuscript feedback and support from CVI staff, as well as write-ups of their publications for CVI's website.

—  As members of CVI, T32 trainees are eligible for CVI's Manuscript and Travel Awards.

— Compensation: The expected base pay for this position is the Stanford University required minimum for all postdoctoral scholars appointed through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The FY24 minimum is $71,650. The pay offered to the selected candidate may be determined based on factors including (but not limited to) the qualifications of the selected candidate, budget availability, and internal equity. Please note: the T32 program can only provide compensation at the NRSA stipend level set by the NIH; the remainder of the trainee's compensation must be provided by the faculty mentor or their department.

Application Instructions

Deadline: March 15, 2024

Please Note: Do NOT apply if your research proposal primarily or exclusively focuses on cardiomyocyte biology, plasticity, senescence or translational applications in heart failure research, which should be directed to our sister T32 "Research Training in Myocardial Biology at Stanford". Proposals that focus on imaging should investigate our other sister T32 "Multi-Disciplinary Training Program in Cardiovascular Imaging at Stanford".

If you are interested in applying for two-year research opportunities, please:

  1. Check to make sure you meet the following eligibility requirements (as per NIH policy) listed below:
    • You must be a US citizen or permanent resident
    • You must not have already received more than two years of post-doctoral funding from NIH training grants (e.g., T32, NRSA) in order to be eligible for this award
    • You must have a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree by the start of training.
  2. Please identify and contact a faculty mentor to ensure that he or she has space in the lab, and that there is mutual interest in a training opportunity. Additional Stanford faculty members may also act as mentors in our program. Please indicate in your application who you would like to act as your primary research mentor.
  3. Fill out the online application. Please include all information and uploads during your application.

Reference letters are not required, but if you would like to submit them, please send to:

Philip Tsao, PhD
Program Co-Director

Nick Leeper, MD
Program Co-Director

Download the program flyer


Micaela L. Harris
Education and Outreach Administrator
Cardiovascular Institute