The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards Institutional Research Training Grants to enhance predoctoral and postdoctoral research training, ensuring that highly trained researchers are available to continue the vital work of advancing discovery in health-related fields.

For those interested in pursuing a career in cancer research, the HICCC supports multiple NIH Training Grants in the areas of basic laboratory research, epidemiology and public health, and clinical science. While the individual training programs are organized independently and supported by separate NCI-funded grants, shared activities and common curricula ensure that each trainee is exposed to the full range of scientific disciplines involved in cancer research.

More information about training programs at the HICCC supported by the NIH can be found below.

CAPRI: Columbia Cancer Training Program for Resident Investigators

The Columbia Cancer Research Training Program for Resident-Investigators (CAPRI) is a research training program for clinical residents interested in conducting high-impact, patient-centered cancer research. This program is funded through a new R38 training grant from the NCI that is designed to address a growing demand for physician-scientists in cancer medicine. Columbia University’s Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center was the sole awardee in 2018.

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click here.

Hormones: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The Hormones: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program provides support and training to highly motivated predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers in the field of endocrinology and related subjects dealing with all aspects of hormone biology at the physiological, cellular and molecular levels.

For more information, including how to apply, contact:
Jessica Sama,

KL2 Mentored Career Development Award

The KL2 Mentored Career Development Award combines didactic training, mentoring, exposure to multidisciplinary research, and ongoing evaluation to prepare young investigators for careers in patient oriented research (POR). The award serves as a "bridge" by which young junior faculty can achieve research independence. KL2 scholars complete a rigorous training program that guarantees exposure to a wide range of clinical and translational research methods in both classroom and experiential settings.

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click here.


Medical Scientist Training Program

The goal of Columbia's Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is to train the next generation of biomedical leaders. Our program emphasizes both clinical and scientific education. The academic environment at Columbia fosters innovative scholarship and nurtures the vision to translate scientific findings to clinical practice.

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click here.

Molecular Oncology Training Program

The Molecular Oncology Training Program at Columbia University provides training in research techniques that will form the foundation for careers in cancer medicine. Part of the Hematology/Oncology fellowship program at Columbia University, this comprehensive two-year program (T32) is comprised of didactics, workshops, small group sessions, coursework, including a possible master's degree, and individualized training within the research programs of Columbia University faculty. The trainees (MD or MD/PhD) will be chosen on the basis of past accomplishments and their potential to develop careers as productive, independent translational investigators.

For more information about the program, including how to apply, email:

Multidisciplinary Training in Translational Gastrointestinal and Liver

The program's mission is to train MD and MD/PhD trainees to become independent basic, clinical and translational researchers in gastroenterology and hepatology. The program faculty is multidisciplinary and includes mentors not only in the Department of Medicine and Department of Pediatrics but also in other departments, institutes and centers at Columbia University. Trainees choose to pursue research in three broad thematic areas and select a mentor in one of these areas:

  1. Basic gastroenterology research
  2. Basic liver research
  3. Clinical epidemiology/precision medicine

Trainees devote most of their effort to a mentored research project but also complete a rigorous program of didactic instruction, including, if they chose, the opportunity to obtain a master's degree in clinical research. In addition, strong emphasis is given to training in the responsible conduct of research and in rigor and reproducibility.

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, please contact:
Steven Muhammad,

Predoctoral Training Grant in Genetics and Development

The objectives of the Predoctoral Training Program in Genetics and Development are to provide a solid and broad education in genetics, including molecular genetics, developmental genetics, and human genetics, to provide rigorous training in scientific research, and to develop a scholarly, ethical and professional attitude in the trainees. The program emphasizes experimental skills and critical thinking, as well as written and oral presentation of ideas and research findings. We teach our students a rigorous scientific approach in the design of experiments and evaluation of data, and provide them with the tools to maintain the highest ethical standards in their work. We encourage students to give and receive constructive criticism and challenge them to be self-critical in order to become capable, independent scholars.

For more information, including how to apply, please contact:
Jessica Sama,

Training Program in Cancer-Related Population Sciences

The Cancer Training Program in the Department of Epidemiology is home to an NCI-funded training grant, a T32 program, which is a collaboration among the School’s Departments of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Environmental Health Sciences. This program supports four trainees, all postdoctoral, all engaged in cancer-related studies and research.

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click here.

Training Program in Environmental Life Course Epidemiology

In collaboration with the Mailman School of Public Health, this training program will equip researchers in the emerging field of life course epidemiology, a relatively new area of inquiry which involves the study of early life circumstances and health outcomes later in life.

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click here.