Education: Conference Grants and Research Training Awards

Objective

The mission of California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) is to accelerate world class science to deliver transformative regenerative medicine treatments in an equitable manner to a diverse California and world. In December 2021, CIRM released its Strategic Plan for 2022-2027. The Strategic Plan describes CIRM’s expanded education and training programs.

EDUC 1: Funding Opportunity for Conference Grants

The objective of this program announcement (PA) is to create a highly competitive opportunity for CIRM to support valuable mission-specific scientific conferences. A scientific conference is defined as an organized event where persons physically assemble to exchange scientific information and explore a defined scientific subject relevant to CIRM’s mission. Support of such conferences is contingent on the fiscal and programmatic priorities of CIRM at time of submission.

Under this program, CIRM will only accept applications for review of conferences aligned with CIRM’s short and long-term goals. In addition, CIRM may issue specific requests for applications to develop a conference in collaboration with CIRM to fulfill a specifically defined need.

Please see the PA for full details and submission deadlines:

The application is available in the Grants Management Portal (https://grants.cirm.ca.gov). For 2022, applications are due by 2pm on February 28, May 31, August 31, and November 30. Applications must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the first day of the conference. 


EDUC 1.5: Funding Opportunity to Manage the 2022 SPARK Annual Meeting

The objective of this request for applications (RFA) is to solicit a highly qualified applicant to develop and manage the 2022 annual meeting in support of the CIRM SPARK program.

The SPARK program provides hands-on summer training opportunities in stem cell research at leading stem cell institutes to California high school students who represent the diversity of the state’s population. The SPARK meeting is a one-day program (plus an evening networking reception the night before) that features the scientific accomplishments of these students in the form of posters and presentations. The awardee will retain the primary responsibility for planning, directing, and executing the proposed event; however, the CIRM team will work with the awardee during the planning phase to make sure it is responsive to specific CIRM needs.

Please see the RFA for full details and submission deadlines:

Applications for EDUC 1.5 are closed.


EDUC 5: Funding Opportunity for Creating Opportunities through Mentorship and Partnership Across Stem Cell Science (COMPASS)

The objective of the COMPASS Training Program is to prepare a diverse cadre of undergraduate students for careers in regenerative medicine through the creation of novel recruitment and support mechanisms that identify and foster untapped talent within populations that are historically under-represented in the biomedical sciences, and by combining hands-on research opportunities with strategic and structured mentorship experiences to enhance transition of students to successful careers.

Please see the RFA for full details: 

Applications for EDUC5 are closed.


 

To Submit an Application:

  1. Go to the Grants Management Portal (https://grants.cirm.ca.gov) and log in with your existing CIRM Username and Password. If you do not have a Username, Click on the "New User" link and follow the instructions to create a CIRM Username and password.
  2. After logging in, Click on the Menu tab. Select the tab labeled "Open Programs". Under the section labeled "RFAs and Programs Open for Applications", click on the "Start a Grant Application" link for your selected program.
  3. Complete each section of the Application by clicking on the appropriate link and following the posted instructions. Proposal templates can be located and submitted under the "Uploads" section.
  4. To submit your Application, click on the "Done with Application" button. The "Done with Application" button will be enabled when all of the mandatory sections have been completed. Please note that once this has been selected, you will no longer be able to make changes to your Application.
  5. To confirm submission of your Application, select the tab labeled "Your Applications" and check the table under the section labeled "Your Submitted Applications". You will see your Application number and project title listed once the submission process has been completed.