Education: Conference Grants and Research Training Awards


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 ( Applications are due by 2pm on May 31, August 31, and November 30, 2023. Applications must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the first day of the conference. 

EDUC 1.5: Funding Opportunity to Manage the 2024 SPARK Annual Meeting

The objective of this request for applications (RFA) is to solicit a highly qualified applicant to develop and manage the 2024 annual meeting in support of the CIRM
SPARK program, to take place in August of 2024,

he SPARK program provides hands-on summer training opportunities in stem cell and gene therapy related research to California high school students who represent the diversity of the state’s population. The SPARK meeting is a one to one-and-a-half-day program that highlights the
accomplishments of these students in the form of posters and presentations.

Please see the Request for Application for full details:

The application for the 2024 SPARK Annual Meeting is available in the Grants Management Portal ( Applications are due by 2pm on November 30, 2023.

EDUC 1.12: Funding Opportunity to Manage the 2024 CIRM Annual Trainee Network Conference

The objective of this request for applications (RFA) is to solicit a highly qualified applicant to help develop and manage an Annual Trainee Network Conference in support of CIRM’s Research Training grant (EDUC) Programs, to take place between May and August of 2024, with a preference for June-July, excluding July 9-13.

Please see the Request for Application for full details:

The application for the Annual Trainee Network Conference is closed.

To Submit an Application:

  1. Go to the Grants Management Portal ( 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.