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Application Details for Lasker Clinical Research Scholars

Letter of Support Deadline:  June 2, 2014

Full Application Deadline:  July 29, 2014

The National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Lasker Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2014–2015 Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program. This is an opportunity for up to 12 years of funding for clinical researchers. The Lasker program supports a small number of exceptional clinical researchers in the early stages of their careers to promote their development as independent investigators. This unique program provides Scholars with five to seven years of support as an independent investigator in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP), followed by the opportunity for additional years of financial support, either at the NIH or at an extramural research institution.

During the IRP phase, Lasker Scholars will be offered competitive salaries, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and will be provided research space, supported personnel positions, and a research operating budget. In some cases, Lasker Scholars may be able to maintain affiliations with their previous institution while working at the NIH.

Candidates must have a clinical doctoral degree (MD, MD/PhD, DO, DDS, DMD, RN/PhD or equivalent) from an accredited domestic or foreign institution and must have a professional license to practice in the United States. The program is intended for investigators at the early stages of their independent careers, and candidates must be no more than 10 years from completion of their core residency training. Applicants who completed their core residency in June 2004 are eligible. Candidates generally will have completed or will be completing a post-residency clinical fellowship and will have demonstrated significant patient-oriented research experience to qualify for a tenure-track level appointment.

To ensure a programmatic fit with the research interests of the IRP, applicants must first obtain a Letter of Support by submitting a Biosketch and a summary of research interests. This first deadline is June 2, 2014. The full application will include a research proposal and submission of four letters of reference. This second deadline is July 29, 2014.

The positions will start in 2015. More information and links to the application RFA are available at http://www.nih.gov/science/laskerscholar. For questions, contact Dr. Charles Dearolf, Assistant Director for Intramural Research at NIH, at LaskerScholar@nih.gov.

The program honors the contributions of Mary and Albert Lasker to the National Institutes of Health and to the overall biomedical community. The Lasker Foundation will provide Scholars with the opportunity to participate in selected activities. The NIH and the Lasker Foundation recognize a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the clinical research workforce to improve the nation’s capacity to address and eliminate health disparities. The NIH encourages applications from talented researchers from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities and women.