T32 Training Program in Substance Use and Use Disorders

About Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the T32 Training Program in Substance Use and Use Disorders trains the next generation of scientists in addiction neurosciencePredoctoral students at UCI take advantage of the strong community of addiction neuroscience researchers in the UCI Center for Addiction Neuroscience (ICAN), the NIDA-funded Impact of Cannabinoids Across Lifespan (ICAL), and the Center for the Study of Cannabis. In doing so, they train for future careers as independent researchers by attending courses on the neurobiology of addiction, scientific writing, and public speaking. They also present at conferences, attend journal clubs, and participate in an annual symposium and retreat.  NIH Award Number

Grant Period
July 1, 2020 – Present Participating Schools
School of Biological Sciences
Samueli School of Engineering
School of Medicine  Principal Investigator Marcelo Wood, PhD
Chair and Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior, School of Biological Sciences  Training and Skills


  • Neurobiology of Addiction: Core knowledge 
  • Endocannabinoid System, Cannabinoids, and Cannabis: Core knowledge 
  • Cannabinoid and Endocannabinoid Analysis: Core Knowledge 
  • Scientific WritingWritten communication 
  • Instruction in Methods for Enhancing Rigor and Reproducibility: Research ethics 


  • Activate to Captivate workshops: Public speaking 
  • Addiction-themed journal club: Presentation and discussion 


  • ICAN/ICAL Seminar Series: Formal interaction with visiting speakers 
  • ICAN Annual Symposia: Research presentation 
  • Training Program Annual Retreat: Research presentation and networking 
  • Major conference attendance each year: Research presentation and networking 

Eligibility and Application Process This training program is open to PhD students at the end of their second year. NIH T32 trainees must be U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents. All trainees are required to pursue research training full timeAppointments are made in 12-month increments, and no trainee may be appointed for less than 9 months. 

In consultation with their PI (a participating Faculty Mentor), the prospective trainee should submit a formal request to join the Training Program. The request will include a: 

  • Onepage summary of research interests 
  • CV and transcript 
  • Letter of support by the participating Faculty Mentor 

The application deadline is April 1 of each year. The Steering Committee evaluates the requests and select trainees by June 1. The first summer on the training program is spent developing an Individual Development Plan that is tailored to the trainee.