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Research Education Component (REC) Scholars Program

Overview: The Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) at UC San Diego provides funding for junior investigators seeking training in Alzheimer’s disease research. The Center’s Research Education Component (REC) will provide selected investigators with training, education, and mentoring to achieve academic success in Alzheimer’s disease research. The backbone of the training program is a mentored research experience designed to welcome the REC scholar to the ADRC, establish interactions with ADRC program faculty, and instill expertise in cutting-edge ADRD research.  Trainees will be mentored by a team of 2-3 interdisciplinary faculty mentors selected by the scholar and REC/ADRC leadership to best suit the trainee’s needs and research interests.

Mentorship experience: The mentorship team will supervise the trainee’s educational development, research project, and career advancement. Each trainee will create an individualized development plan (IDP) in conjunction with the mentorship team, tailored to provide the expertise needed to advance their career. The IDP establishes individualized goals and milestones related to instruction, research progress, scientific presentations, publications, grant writing, and specific training needed to acquire new skills. The IDP will provide benchmarks that trainees and their mentoring teams will use to monitor progress. The IDP is intended as a ‘living document’ to be updated to reflect progress and newly identified needs. Progress in achieving IDP milestones will be formally evaluated semi-annually by the mentors, and evaluations will be shared with the REC leadership. The REC leadership will formally meet with each trainee semi-annually to monitor progress and satisfaction with mentoring. Trainees will provide written evaluation of the mentoring experience. 

Contact: If you have questions, please contact REC Core Leaders, Mark Bondi, PhD ( and Vivian Hook, PhD ( or Center Director James Brewer, MD, PhD (

Eligibility: Junior faculty and advanced postdoctoral fellows, including those new to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD), are encouraged to apply. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to receive financial support. Individuals from underrepresented groups and from fields outside of ADRD are encouraged to apply. Junior faculty who are PIs on NIH R01 projects are not eligible for this award. 

Funding:  A call for applications is put out each fall. Applicants will be eligible to receive up to $30,000 per year for up to 2 years. Funds may be used for salary, fringe benefits, coursework, travel, and research project-related expenses.

 **2023 Call for Applications Details