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NIH Technical Intramural Research Training Award

The NIH Technical IRTA Program (CRTA, Cancer Research Training Award in the National Cancer Institute) is designed to produce a cadre of highly trained research support personnel. College graduates and individuals who hold a master's degree spend two years (possibly three) mastering the latest and most advanced techniques for basic and/or applied research working in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI.

Fields of Study:

  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


  • Maryland, North Carolina, Montana, Massachusetts, or Michigan

Program Type:

  • Professional Opportunity
  • Research


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident

Program Length:

  • Two to Three Years


  • Varies by program 

Degree Level:

  • Post UG
  • Graduate