An Opportunity To Train Clinicians To Be StARR Investigators

Funding News Edition: February 16, 2022
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“To provide clinicians with in-depth research experiences early in their careers, in order to recruit, retain and accelerate independence of a pool of clinician-investigators with both clinical and research experience necessary to perform basic, clinical and/or translational research.”— From the reissued funding opportunity announcement (FOA) Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38, Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed).

For those whose interest is piqued, consider applying to the FOA if you:

  • Are at an institutional program that can provide outstanding mentored research opportunities for resident-investigators and foster their ability to transition to individual career development research awards.
  • Have ideas to integrate research into your institution’s residency programs that can stimulate investigative curiosity and foster transition to additional research and career development, while also meeting requirements for medical board, dental, or veterinary specialty eligibility.

The StARR program will provide up to two years of support for research conducted by resident-investigators in structured programs for clinician-investigators with defined program milestones.

Project Periods, Award Information

Awards for institutional programs are for project periods up to five years in duration; an individual resident-investigator must be supported for a minimum of one and a maximum of two years.

We encourage you to read Section II. Award Information for details such as each participating institute’s intended total cost amount commitment, award budget, and award project period. You will see there that NIAID intends to commit total costs of $14,385,000 over seven years including $2,877,000 to support up to eight new awards in fiscal years 2023 through 2025.

See the FOA’s section on Other Award Budget Information for personnel costs, other program-related expenses, and indirect costs.

Application Due Date

Submit your application by March 15, 2022, by 5 p.m. local time of your organization. Subsequent due dates are March 15, 2023, and March 15, 2024.

Need Help? Have Questions?

To learn more, see the StARR section of our Research Projects (R25 and R38) webpage. If you have questions or need additional information, touch base with NIAID’s scientific/research contact Dr. Roya Kalantari at 301-594-5945 or

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