MARC (T34) Applicant Webinar Slides-March, 2020 [PDF, 3.7MB]
RPPR Information for MARC U-STAR Grants (June 2017) [PDF]
Map of MARC U-STAR Institutions(HTML version)
Educational Outcomes from the Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U-STAR) Program [PDF, 378KB]
MARC Sample Formats for Competing New (Type 1) Applications
MARC Sample Format Tables for Noncompeting Continuation (Type 5) Applications
TWD Application Forms and Instructions
MARC is an undergraduate student training program for institutions with research-intensive environments.
Eligible institutions must have a 3-year average of NIH
research project grant (RPG) funding greater than or equal to $7.5 million in total costs. To determine RPG funding for your institution, visit
The goal of the MARC program is to develop a diverse pool of undergraduates who complete their baccalaureate degree, and transition into and complete biomedical, research-focused higher degree programs (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.). The long-term goal is to develop a diverse pool of well-trained biomedical scientists, who have the following technical, operational, and professional skills:
MARC grants are institutional awards. Applications may be submitted by domestic public/state institutions of higher education, and private institutions of higher education that have a significant number of mentors with NIH or other extramural research support.
Awards are made to colleges and universities that offer the baccalaureate degree in biomedical sciences. Applicant organizations may submit only one application (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number or NIH IPF number).
An institution can hold only one MARC (T34) program at a given time. Institutions with currently funded MARC, (T34) or IMSD (R25), or RISE (R25) programs for support of undergraduate students are eligible to apply for this FOA or U-RISE FOA only at the end of their current MARC, IMSD, or RISE funding period. The total requested project period for these awards may not exceed 5 years. Awards are renewable.
MARC institutions select the trainees to be supported. Trainees must be research-oriented students majoring in the biomedical sciences who have expressed interest in pursuing postgraduate education leading to the Ph.D., M.D.-Ph.D. or other combined professional degree-Ph.D. in these fields upon completing their baccalaureate degree.
Each institution is encouraged to design a program that emphasizes its environment, mission and strengths, and to set measurable goals and specific objectives against which the program will use for self-assessment and evaluation for continual institutional improvement and continued funding. MARC falls under the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Minority Access to Research Careers program.
NIGMS encourages all applicants for MARC grants to contact
Patrick Brown or
Sydella Blatch. For more information about the MARC program, please see the links below, and consult the MARC program announcement (PAR-21-147).
Applicants should also please note that NIGMS does not require applicants requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs for any year to contact staff to obtain agreement that the IC will accept the application.
MARC U-STAR Participating Institutions
MARC Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
xTrain Module Website
xTrain Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Instructions for Completing the Budget Pages for the MARC U-STAR Program
MARC U-STAR Student Appointment Policy [PDF, 56.3KB]
MARC U-STAR (T34) Summer Research Experience (SRE) Policy
Guidance for Interim Funding
NRSA Policy Guidelines (Look under Section 11.3 for Institutional Research Training Grants)
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