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The mission of California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) is to accelerate stem cell treatments to patients with unmet medical needs.

The overall objective of the CIRM Research Training Program is foster and enhance the research experience of basic and clinical scientists during the doctoral and immediate postdoctoral stages of their career. Specific objectives are to:

  • Enable training programs that create future leaders in the stem cell, gene therapy and regenerative medicine fields.

  • Foster a commitment among trainees to the goal of accelerating the delivery of treatments to patients with unmet needs.

  • Broaden the participation in regenerative medicine of individuals representing the diversity of California’s population.

  • Provide research training in stem cell, gene therapy and related disciplines to a diverse cadre of individuals drawn from a wide variety of scientific backgrounds, including, but not limited to fundamental biology (e.g., developmental biology, neuroscience, molecular biology), engineering (e.g., bioengineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering/computer science), clinical programs (e.g., medicine, surgery, neurology, cardiology), and other relevant areas (e.g., manufacturing process development, data science, regulatory science, bioethics, etc.).

  • Promote interactions among trainees from different fields, especially those trained in basic sciences, engineering, translational research and clinical medicine.

  • Prepare a workforce of skilled, stem cell ambassadors with an awareness and appreciation of inequities that impact development of therapies for all.

Please see our Funding Opportunities page for more details

ICOC Approval:
September 23, 2021
Total Awards:
Award Value:


Institution Investigator Grant Title Award Value
Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor – UCLA Medical Center Dr. Virender K. Rehan M.D. Stem Cell Training Program at the Lundquist Institute $4,975,367
University of California, Irvine Dr. Peter J Donovan CIRM Scholars Comprehensive Research Training Program $5,000,000
University of California, Santa Barbara Dr. Dennis Clegg Dr. CIRM Training Program in Stem Cell Biology and Engineering $1,924,497
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute Evan Y. Snyder A Multidisciplinary Stem Cell Training Program at Sanford Burnham Prebys Institute, A Critical Component of the La Jolla Mesa Educational Network $4,915,671
University of California, San Francisco Dr. Robert Blelloch Scholars Research Training Program in Regenerative Medicine, Gene Therapy, and Stem Cell Research $5,000,000
Scripps Research Institute Peter G. Schultz Training Scholars in Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research $4,931,353
University of California, San Diego Professor Alysson R Muotri Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Training Grant at UCSD III $4,992,446
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Dr Ching-Ling Lien Ph.D. CIRM Training Program for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research $4,999,500
University of California, Davis Dr Jan A Nolta CIRM Cell and Gene Therapy Training Program 2.0 $4,697,998
University of California, Berkeley Dirk Hockemeyer Training the Next Generation of Biologists and Engineers for Regenerative Medicine $4,954,238
Stanford University Dr. Tushar Desai CIRM Scholar Training Program $4,974,073
City of Hope, Beckman Research Institute Dr. Michael E. Barish Ph, D. Research Training Program in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine $4,860,989
Gladstone Institutes, J. David Dr. Bruce R. Conklin CIRM Regenerative Medicine Research Training Program $5,000,000
University of California, Santa Cruz Dr. Camilla Forsberg CIRM Training Program in Systems Biology of Stem Cells $4,913,271
University of Southern California Dr. Gage DeKoeyer Crump Training Program Bridging Stem Cell Research with Clinical Applications in Regenerative Medicine $5,000,000
University of California, Los Angeles William Lowry UCLA Training Program in Stem Cell Biology $5,000,000
The Regents of the University of California on behalf of its Riverside Campus Professor Prue Talbot TRANSCEND – Training Program to Advance Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Research, Education, and Workforce Diversity $4,993,115
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Wafa Tawackoli CIRM Training Program in Translational Regenerative Medicine $4,999,333