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Training at NCATS Laboratories

The NCATS Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation participates in a variety of NIH training opportunities for high school, undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral trainees. Research areas of interest to NCATS span the earliest steps in translation and include:

  • Biology (biological and disease assay development)
  • Automation and engineering (high-throughput screening robotics)
  • Informatics and data analysis
  • Medicinal and analytical chemistry
  • Strategic alliances (creating research collaborations and licensing intellectual property)

Training the next generation of translational scientists is a top priority at NCATS. As such, individuals can apply to train with NCATS researchers through several NIH programs, subject to availability.

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

The NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research offers summer research opportunities to high school students aged 16 and older, undergraduate students, graduate students and professional (medical, dental) school students. Applicants can apply online from mid-November to March 1 each year. Watch the Applying Successfully video.

NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Program

Recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy) school can spend one to two years performing full-time research at NCATS through the NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Program. Applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. Watch a videocast on how to apply.

Postdoctoral Training in the NIH Intramural Research Program

Opportunities for Postdoctoral Training in the NIH Intramural Research Program enable recent doctoral degree recipients to enhance their research skills at NIH. Potential applicants should contact the NIH investigators with whom they would like to work directly to inquire about next steps.

Graduate Partnerships Program

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education hosts the Graduate Partnerships Program, which is designed to attract Ph.D. students to the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) for dissertation research. Participants enjoy the academic environment of a university, the extensive research resources of NIH, and the breadth and depth of research programs at their host university and the NIH IRP. The goal is to create a different kind of graduate experience that focuses on training the next generation of scientific leaders by emphasizing communication and collaboration skills, integration of information, and interdisciplinary investigation.

NIH Visiting Program

The NIH Visiting Program provides opportunities for foreign scientists in Ph.D. programs or for those that have received doctoral degrees to train and conduct collaborative research at NIH. Through the program, Visiting Fellows can receive awards for research training, and Visiting Scientists can receive appointments to conduct research. Find out how to apply.