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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 at UC San Diego, 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. 

The San Diego IRACDA program provides up to 4 years of salary/wages based on the UC adjusted scale (above NIH scale) with prescribed annual increases, health benefits, and support for research including: $2500 towards the purchase of computers and teaching supplies and up to $1000 annually to attend scientific meetings or professional development workshops. In addition, SD IRACDA covers all expenses for fellows to attend the Annual IRACDA National Conference,  the EPIC Bootcamp for postdoctoral fellows at UC San Diego, the Torrey Pines Training Consortium Academic Lab Management and Leadership Symposium, and the National Institute on Scientific Teaching Short Course.

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 skills necessary to conduct high-quality research and pursue independent careers in academia.



Train in evidence-based pedagogy and enrich teaching and curriculum at our partner institutions. 


Expand the pool of diverse of faculty who excel in research, teaching, and leadership.