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Future Faculty of Cardiovascular Sciences

Supporting Long-Term Career Success for Cardiovascular Sciences Researchers

Join us for 2024 Cardiovascular Sciences Summer Seminar Series to be held at UC San Diego Health Sciences campus in-person from July 15th through 19th. All seminars will be held in the Medical Education & Telemedicine Building (MET), Room 141. Each seminar is 45 minutes, followed by a 10-minute Q&A session. No registration is required. Light refreshments will be served.




UC San Diego Future Faculty of Cardiovascular Sciences (FOCUS) program is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and is a member of the NIH Programsto Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) initiative, committed to research education and mentoring of early-career faculty that will broaden the demographics of the biomedical workforce for heart, lung, blood and sleep conditions​.

The goal of the FOCUS program is to support long-term career success of junior faculty that will broaden the demographics of the biomedical workforce in cardiovascular sciences through grant writing courses, research and career mentoring from world-renowned faculty at UC San Diego, professional development workshops, and more. Review program eligibility here.

The program also offers an opportunity to compete for a FOCUS-funded small research project to help gather pilot data and to accelerate the course towards successful production and submission of an NIH or equivalent grant.

Participation in the FOCUS program requires a one-year commitment in program participation with the following timeline (with all travel expenses paid):​​
  • Active participation in the Grant Writing Course: The course will start remotely prior to the in-person Summer Institute I with weekly assignments due in June 2024
  • Attendance at the in-person Summer Institute I held July 14 - July 19, 2024 in La Jolla, CA
  • Attendance at the in-person in La Jolla or remote Mid-year Meeting in January 2025
  • Attendance at the PRIDE Annual Meeting in Bethesda, MD from April 21-24, 2025
  • Attendance at the in-person Summer Institute II in July 2025 in La Jolla

Applications are now closed for the 2024-2025 FOCUS program.

Review "Why Apply," "Expectations," "Eligibility," and "Research Tracks & Mentors​" pages for additional information.

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Applications for the 2024-2025 FOCUS Program are now closed.