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**Notice to 2019 FOCUS Cohort Mentees and New Applicants**

Thank you for your interest / participation in the UC San Diego FOCUS Program. Your health and safety are top priorities for FOCUS. Given the current situation with the novel coronavirus, we are working to ensure that our upcoming Summer Institutes I and II are delivered in an appropriate manner that protects the health of our participants, mentors, instructors and staff while maximizing the career success of the participants.

FOCUS offers programming year-round for its participants, and we continue to recruit our 2020-2021 Cohort. If you would like to apply, please visit

If you have any questions regarding FOCUS, contact us at

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UC San Diego Future Faculty of Cardiovascular Sciences (FOCUS) Summer Institute is the newest member of the NIH Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) initiative, an all-expense-paid Summer Institute, research education and mentoring initiative sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). 

This intensive two-week summer institute will take place on the University of California, San Diego campus in beautiful La Jolla, CA. 

The goals of the UC San Diego Future Faculty of Cardiovascular Sciences (FOCUS) Summer Institute are to provide strong mentorship, enhance critical academic and grant writing skills and the development of cardiovascular research to improve the long-term success of early career faculty and transitioning postdoctoral scholars from groups underrepresented in the biomedical workforce.

Information for upcoming Summer Institute 

Dates: July 13 - 24, 2020
Location: University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Eligible applicants: Faculty and transitioning postdoctoral biomedical scientists who have not yet received an NIH independent research award (R01 type) or similar award, and must be U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident who are from groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences in terms of race, ethinicity, socioeconomic status, or in other ways as defined by the NIH.

Postdoctoral scientists in training at the time of matriculation are not eligible. Postdoctoral scientists may participate in the program only if they have a faculty appointment at the time of matriculation.

Application cycle for 2020 cohort is now open! 

For more information about the application process, visit:

Eligible applicants from across the country are encouraged to apply. 

For more information, email