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San Diego IRACDA, Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award, is an NIH/NIGMS-sponsored program that provides three years of mentored training in post-doctoral research in biomedical sciences, teaching training at our partner institutions, and development of critical academic skills needed to conduct high quality research and pursue an independent research and teaching career in an academic environment.  The IRACDA program aims especially to develop a diverse group of highly trained biomedical scientists. Other specific objectives are to innovate, re-design and develop science curriculum at teaching-intensive partner institutions and to establish links between UCSD and our partner institutions to promote collaborations in faculty research and student training. A 4th year of support may be provided for fellows who need more training. 

This IRACDA program combines the research-intensive environment of UCSD with the teaching environment of our partner institutions San Diego State University and San Diego City College.

San Diego IRACDA is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes all people including individuals from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds, women and persons with disabilities.

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The objectives of the IRACDA program are:


Strengthen research and professional skills of a diverse group of postdoctoral scholars for academic success.


Teach and mentor students in research, and enrich the curriculum at our partner institutions 


Expand the pools of diverse of faculty who excel in research and teaching