Clinical Researchers—Explore an Opportunity To Be a Lasker Scholar

Funding News Edition: May 20, 2020
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A question for all early-career clinical researchers: does the chance to develop into an independent scientist while receiving up to 10 years of NIH funding appeal to you? If so, consider applying for the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program through the reissued funding opportunity announcement (FOA) Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program (Si2/R00, Clinical Trial Optional).

This two-phased Program combines a period of research experience as a tenure-track investigator in NIH’s Intramural Research Program (IRP) with additional years of independent support, either within IRP or at an extramural research institution.

  • Phase 1 (intramural Si2 phase) – scholars will receive five to seven years of support within the IRP as a tenure-track investigator in a participating NIH institute or center (IC)
  • Phase 2 (intramural or extramural R00 phase) – after completing the first phase, choose from one of two options:
    1. Remain in the IRP with continued intramural funding and potential progression to tenured senior investigator status.
    2. Continue research at an extramural institution after obtaining an extramural position and undergoing a programmatic review during Phase 1. For the extramural phase (R00), applicants can request direct costs of up to $499,000 per year for up to three years.

Determine Your Eligibility

To be eligible, you must have:

  • An M.D./Ph.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D, R.N./Ph.D., or equivalent clinical doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution
  • A professional license to practice clinically in the United States
  • Demonstrated sufficient patient-oriented research experience to qualify for a tenure-track level appointment

You do not have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident but, if selected, you must qualify for and maintain appropriate visa or residency status throughout both phases of the program. Additionally, you must be able to be credentialled at the NIH Clinical Center. If you come from a foreign medical school, you must pass all parts of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates Certification test before applying.

Consult Early With Staff on Proposed Research

Each participating IC has its own preferred scientific areas of interest. NIAID’s areas of interest are clinical allergy/immunology, clinical infectious diseases, and virology.

To get feedback on whether your proposed research aligns with IRP priorities, we strongly advise you to consult with IC staff at least 10 weeks before your application is due. NIAID’s scientific/research contact is Dr. Karyl Barron.

Obtain Letters of Reference

You must arrange to have four letters of reference submitted on your behalf. Your referees can use the Commons’ Submit Reference Letters feature starting July 28, 2020. The deadline is August 28, 2020, at 5 p.m., which also is your application due date.

If your application is missing reference letters, NIH will not review it. NIH does not accept late letters, so check that they are submitted before the deadline. You can monitor the status of letters in your eRA Commons account. Remember that your application will be incomplete if they are not submitted on time.

Read the FOA for more information on instructions you should provide to those writing your letters.

Additional Information

Be sure to carefully read Section IV. Application and Submission Information in the FOA linked above for information on how to access the application forms specific to this opportunity.

If you are an NIAID intramural scientist, contact Dr. Matthew Vogt at least 10 weeks before submitting your application to register in the eRA Commons and discuss submission deadlines for

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