Conference – Manage The SPARK Annual Meeting

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The objective of this request for applications (RFA) is to solicit a highly qualified applicant to develop and manage the 2017 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 1 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. Please see the Program Announcement for full details.


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, select the tab labeled “Open Programs”. Under the section labeled “RFAs and Programs Open for Applications”, click on the applicable link to Start a DISC Grant Application.
  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.

ICOC Approval:
January 16, 2024
Total Awards:
Award Value:


Institution Investigator Grant Title Award Value
The Regents of the University of California on behalf of its Riverside Campus Dr. Huinan Hannah Liu Manage the 2024 SPARK Annual Meeting $110,000
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Wafa Tawackoli 2023 CIRM SPARK Research Conference $100,000
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Ellen B Fung 2022 CIRM SPARK Research Conference $79,336
University of California, Davis Gerhard Bauer The 2020 SPARK Annual Meeting $22,876
Pathways to Stem Cell Science Dr. Victoria Fox 2019 SPARK Annual Meeting $49,915
University of California, Davis Gerhard Bauer The 2018 SPARK Annual Meeting $39,391
City of Hope, Beckman Research Institute Dr. Paul M. Salvaterra Manage the 2017 SPARK Annual Meeting $22,555