MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (T34)

Chicago, IL.
Type Basic Science Research, Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program


  • Purpose:The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) will award Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) National Research Service Act (NRSA) Training grants to eligible institutions as a means of supporting undergraduate academic and research training to help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles related to the Nation’s biomedical and behavioral research agenda.  The MARC U-STAR program is designed to have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation by providing support  to students underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and improving their preparation for highly selective Ph.D. level training and future careers.  The program supports efforts to strengthen the science/math course curricula, pedagogical skills of faculty, and biomedical research training at institutions with significant enrollments of students from underrepresented groups.



  • Eligible Institutions/Organizations:Only domestic, non-profit, private or public institutions that offer the baccalaureate degree in subjects related to biomedical and behavioral science and with substantial enrollments of students from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences research enterprise of this country are eligible to apply for support from MARC U-STAR training grants.
  • Eligible Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD/PI): An eligible MARC PD/PI is any full-time faculty member with the skills, knowledge, successful past training record, and available resources necessary to carry out the proposed undergraduate academic and research training program. The PD/PI should have strong records in research, teaching, training, and administration. The PD/PI will be responsible for the selection and appointment of eligible trainees to the MARC training grant, the overall direction of the program, management and administration of the training program, program evaluation and the submission of all required forms to NIGMS in a timely manner.

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Program Coordinator
Tony Halford
, 310 Administrative Office Building - M/C 672
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-4995
Fax: 312-413-0238