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SUSTAIN (Supporting Under-represented Scholars in Translational and Interdisciplinary Networks)

ACTRI Seeks Applicants for SUSTAIN program to support successful grant resubmissions among under-represented minority faculty

The purpose of the UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) SUSTAIN (Supporting Under-represented Scholars in Translational and Interdisciplinary Networks) program is to support Under-Represented Minority (URM) faculty members in submitting successful resubmissions of grant applications. National data indicate that URM faculty members are less likely to sustain research careers.  Increasing the rate of successful resubmission of grants during early critical career phases could positively impact sustainment of research careers among URM faculty. The SUSTAIN program provides up to 1-2 years of protected time and grant writing training to awarded scholars.

This is not a post-doctoral fellowship, but is intended for UC San Diego faculty members in any academic series who will have completed their training and have a faculty appointment. Applicants from all departments/divisions of UCSD are eligible. 

Candidates must 1) identify as an under-represented racial or ethnic minority as defined by UC San Diego Health Sciences:, 2) have already submitted and received a summary statement from a K, R, or equivalent grant mechanism, 3) be currently appointed as a faculty member in any series (or appointed at the start of SUSTAIN funding). 

The SUSTAIN program provides 50% support (including benefits) for up to 2 awarded scholars per year.  The other 50% must be matched by the department, and the total effort devoted to research must be 75% or greater. Applicants who have already received an R01 or equivalent grant are not eligible. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. ACTRI will grant up to $60,000 towards salary, plus benefits. Up to two years of support can be provided, and it is expected that during this year of support, resubmission will be completed. 

The program is intended to be flexible in research and training  activities, as specified in the Research and Training Plan. The Research and Training plan should detail expected activities, to include collection of additional preliminary data, expansion of scientific networks, and/or additional methodologic training.  All participants are expected to apply for participation in a grant writing workshop, in particular those led by the UC San Diego Office of Faculty Affairs.  A timeline should be provided for these activities, including the anticipated date of resubmission. 

Note that eligible applicants for the 2022 ACTRI RFA for the KL2 Program ( do not need to submit a separate application for this opportunity. Candidates will can simply opt-in during submission of their KL2 application using the Webgrants application. 

All applications must be received by 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. After competitive review, all applicants will be notified in late May 2022. Funding can begin as early as summer 2022. Questions regarding this program should be directed to, including Adriana Tremoulet ( and Colin Depp (

Application Instructions

Applicants should use the following table to guide the structure, content and page limitations of their proposals:

 Item DescriptionMaximum Number of Pages
Chair Letter

The chair letter should make an explicit statement regarding support for 50% effort in conjunction with the 50% provided by the SUSTAIN award, and should indicate that 75% of the Candidate's total time will be devoted to research


Mentor Letter (if re-applying for a Career Development award)The mentor letter should be the applicant's primary mentor and should detail mentor activities and support during the yearNone
Research and Training Plan

The Research Plan should state the following:

1.     Project Specific Aims (original submitted Aims can be provided)

2.     Plans to address scientific concerns raised by reviewers (or if new opportunity) such as collection of new preliminary data, add establish new collaborations, or other such activities pursuant to the novel opportunity  

3.    Timeline for research and training activities over 1 year


The Training Plan should state the following:

1.    Long-term career goals and how the research and training plan fits into those goals

2.    Plans for participation in OFA/ACTRI grant writing workshops

3.    Plans to participate in any of a) didactics, or skill building training b) expansion of mentor network, c) other career development activities such as NCLAM, HCOE, or others.


Max of 4 pages
Summary StatementA copy of the Summary Statement that accompanies the revised application should be provided.  Even if a new opportunity is to be pursued, these Summary Statements are useful for understanding the basis of the application.None
Eligibility ChecklistThis checklist accompanies the application and details a) under-represented scientist status, b) faculty member status1 page
Applicant's Biographical SketchBioSketch must be in current NIH BioSketch format. Please click here for guidance.5

Applicants should submit their application as ONE file in PDF format as an attachment to ACTRI-education@health.ucsd.eduThat file should contain all information as detailed in the above table. Font minimum is 11 point and no less than 0.5-inch margins must be observed on all margins. Applications that do not adhere to these guidelines will be viewed as non-responsive and may be removed from consideration.