Translational Science Training (TST) TL1 Program Application Guidelines

2022-23 TST TL1 Applications are due February 1, 2022

The Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) at UT Health San Antonio includes a TL1 component that follows all NIH T32 rules and regulations.

TL1 Program Directors:

     Yong-Hee P. Chun, DDS, Dr. med. dent., MS, PhD (

     Christopher R. Frei, PharmD (

TL1 Program Support:

      Julie Barker (

      Phone: 210.480.5527

Predoctoral application link -

Postdoctoral application link

Application components should be prepared as a PDF document for upload. This includes:

Applicant's Fellowship Biosketch (Biosketch)

Applicant's Other Support Form (Other Support)

Project Narrative - Communicates the public health relevance of the project to the public, No more than 2-3 sentences. Use plain language understandable by a general audience.

Research Supervising Professor/Mentor's Biosketch (Biosketch)

Research Supervising Professor/Mentor's Other Support Form (Other Support)

* NIH link to all Tables for download - (NIH Data Tables)

Research Supervising Professor/Mentor's - SF424 Table 5A 

Research Supervising Professor/Mentor's  SF424 Table 5B 

Research Supervising Professor/Mentor's  SF424 Table 8A. This should include All Current and Prior Predoctoral Trainees; to provide outcomes of past and present predoctoral trainees of the Research Supervising Professor/Mentor

Research Supervising Professor/Mentor's SF424 Table 8C. This should include All Current and Prior Postdoctoral trainees; to provide outcomes of past and present postdoctoral trainees of the Research Supervising Professor/Mentor

In addition to the 9 items listed above, other application components include:

Abstract; to be typed into (or copy/pasted into) a field within the online application.

Contact Information for individuals who will provide Letters of Reference. The online system will automatically generate an email request to each. Letters must be submitted via a link provided by the online system.  At least three (3) Letters of Reference are required.  One of these must be from the Research Supervising Professor/Mentor.  


Application to the TST TL1 Program includes:

  • An Abstract of the applicant’s well articulated career goals and research plans; 3100 characters including spaces.
  • NIH Fellowship Biosketch and Other Support Form.
  • A Narrative (up to 12 pages total - format: 1 inch margins, 11 point Arial font) with the following sections:
    • Applicants Personal Statement - addressing the following:
      • Applicant's statement of interest in and commitment to a translational science career.
      • How and why the TST TL1 Program is important to and will facilitate the applicant’s future research career.
      • Immediate and long-term career research interests/goals, and how the TST TL1 program will contribute to their attainment.
    • An Education plan that describes objectives of the applicant’s research interests/goals and how the TST Program will help achieve those objectives. Applicants should describe participation in coursework on translational science topics and other educational activities, such as  participation in practicums to achieve well articulated objectives.
      • Research Experience/Background
      • Research education, and career development activities planned during award.
    • A Research plan describing the proposed translational research project/plan. The research plan must include:
      • Specific Aims (one page)
      • Research Strategy (six pages)
        • Significance
        • Innovation
        • Approach (including Hypotheses, Rationale, Preliminary Studies, Methods, and Data Analyses)
    • Cited literature (this is not included in the page limitation)
    • Letters from Consultants (if any; this is not included in the page limitation)
  • Contact information of Persons who will provide Letters of Reference:  Contact information (name, title, email) for all persons who will submit a letter of recommendation.
  • Supporting Information from the Research Supervising Professor/Mentor and co-mentor if applicable, to include:
    • Biosketch,
    • Other Support form
    • SF424 Table 5A. Publications of All Predoctoral Trainees of the Research Supervising Professor/Mentor
    • SF424 Table 5B. Publications of All Postdoctoral Trainees of the Research Supervising Professor/Mentor
    • SF424 Table 8A (Part I) to include All Current and Prior Predoctoral Trainees of the Research Supervising Professor/Mentor
    • SF424 Table 8C (Part I) to include All Current and Prior Postdoctoral trainees of the Research Supervising Professor/Mentor
  • If the application includes a Research Co-Mentor, prepare the Biosketch, Other Support, Table 5A, Table 5B, Table 8A (Part I), and Table 8C (Part I) for this person also. In this case, prepare a single PDF document for each required component that contains information for both the Mentor and Co-Mentor. This single PDF document for each required component will then be uploaded in the appropriate location of the online application.
  • Letters of Recommendation:
    • Letters of recommendation should be on letterhead and signed by the recommender and must be submitted electronically.
    • Letters of recommendation should address the TST TL1 Review Committee or the TST TL1 Program Directors (listed above).    

The letter of recommendation from the Research Supervising Professor/Mentor should address:

The Applicant’s: 

  1. Translational science research training plan
  2. Capability to pursue the chosen research topic; and
  3. Potential for a career in multidisciplinary translational research

The Research Supervising Professor/Mentor’s: 

  1. Qualifications in the proposed research area.
  2. Previous experience as a research mentor including a description of the nature and extent of supervision experience with pre-doctoral and/or postdoctoral trainees.
  3. If the application includes a Co-Mentor, a separate letter of recommendation must be provided by this person as well.
  4. Two additional letters of recommendation should address, at a minimum, their relationship to the applicant (the position on which they base their knowledge of the applicant) and the applicant’s background and potential for a career as an investigator, both in the selected specialty field and in translational science. At least one of these letters must be from a UTHSA faculty member.

Application Review and Selection of TST TL1 Awardees:

The TST TL1 Program will review applications for completeness.

All applications will be comprehensively reviewed by the TST TL1 Review Committee.

The NIH scoring scale (1-9 in whole numbers with 1 = best and 9 = worst) is to be used in assessing Translational Science Training (TST) TL1 Program Scholar applications (See NIH Scoring Guidance). This scale will be used to assign a numerical rating for the Overall application as well as for each of the Scored Review Criteria. Note that for scores in the range of 4-6, weaknesses exceed strengths. In the online form, comments (both strengths and weaknesses) and scores must be provided for:

-Overall application 


-Career Goals & Objectives and Career Development Plan 

-Research Plan 


Qualified applicants will be selected on the basis of:

  1. Evidence that training in translational science will facilitate the applicant’s long-term research and career development goals.
  2. Prior educational performance and prior research training.
  3. Recommendations from the Research Supervising Professor/Mentor and two independent references.
  4. The scope and focus of the research and career development/educational plan provided in the application. Specifically, how well will the TST TL1 program activities help achieve the applicant’s well articulated research and learning objectives? 

The TST TL1 Review Committee will evaluate applications for scientific and technical merit. The following factors will be considered during the review:

Quality of the Applicant:

  • Quality of applicant's academic and research record
  • Potential to benefit from a multidisciplinary translational research training program
  • Commitment to a career in translational science
  • Potential to become a successful investigator in multidisciplinary translational research

Quality of Career Development Plans:

  • Alignment of applicant's career development plan with prior and current research experience
  • Likelihood that career plans contribute substantially to the applicant’s scientific development and necessary skill acquisition to conduct multidisciplinary translational investigations

Quality of Proposed Research:

  • Scientific and technical merit of the research question, experimental design and methodology
  • Relevance of proposed research to the applicant's career objectives
  • Appropriateness of research plan to the stage of research development and as a vehicle for developing the research skills as described in the career development plan
  • Reviewers will take into account that an individual with limited research experience is less likely to be able to prepare a research plan with the breadth and depth of that submitted by a more experienced investigator. Nevertheless, a fundamentally sound research plan must be provided.


  • Funding will be awarded on an annual basis.
  • Annual funding for each TST TL1 Scholar will include a stipend at the NIH-specified level, plus other support.