Minerva is UCLA’s homegrown database designed to support the creation many of the required Data Tables. It is administered by the Graduate Programs in Bioscience in partnership with DGIT.

Minerva is a data provider, integrating information from UCLA administrative systems with data stored locally to provide reports that serve as an excellent foundation for many Data Tables. Input from training program faculty and staff will still be necessary to complete the tables.

Questions about Minerva?

Contact Ana Batista: ABatista@mednet.ucla.edu.

Note: In special circumstances, GSU may be able to provide staff support for collating and reviewing Data Table documents; please submit a consultation request at least 6 months ahead of your anticipated deadline to confirm whether this service may be available for your project.

We have outlined the basic requirements and guidance for each of the tables in the following pages. We acknowledge that differences in interpretation exist for the NIH guidelines and this website is not meant to cover the entirety of the SF424 Training Grants application instructions. Investigators should always use their best judgement and remember to refer to the specific Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for any submission-specific information, refer to the specific institute or center to which they are submitting and refer to the latest SF 424 Training Grant guidelines available from NIH.

High Level Overview

A strong training grant application will have the following elements:

  1. Scientific Environment

    • A large competitive pool of potential trainees (Tables 1, 2, & 6)
      • Reminder: Most NIH training grants do not count non-citizens or non-permanent residents toward trainee eligibility. See our Eligibility FAQ and the specific FOA for more details.
    • An appropriate number of departments/divisions with strong research portfolios and opportunities for instruction in research (Table 1 & 2)
    • Minimal overlap of existing training programs in both focus area and participating faculty (Table 3)
  2. Mentorship Quality 

    • Active research for participating Mentors (Table 4)
    • History of mentor training success based on:
      • Trainee publications during their training period (Table 5)
      • Trainee career outcomes after their training period (Table 2 & 8)

Data Table Guidance

Table 1
Census of Participating Departments or Interdepartmental Programs
Table 2
Participating Faculty Members
Table 3
Federal Institutional Research Training Grant and Related Support Available to Participating Faculty Members
Table 4
Research Support of Participating Faculty Members
Table 5
Publications of Those in Training
Table 6
Applicants, Entrants, and their Characteristics for the Past Five Years
Table 7
(Renewal/Revision) Appointments to the Training Grant for Each Year of the Current Project Period
Table 8
Program Outcomes