Extramural Research Funding Opportunities for Trainees

The Gerber Foundation awards Novice Grants for research of up to $20,000. Eligible applicants include physicians, PhD candidates, PharmD candidates, and other similar degree candidates:

  • in a residency or fellowship training program or those who are no more than one year post training
  • have not received a K award from the National Institutes of Health
  • have an assigned mentor for the project and a current development plan

The Doris Duke Physician Scientist Fellowship program provides grants to physician scientists at the subspecialty fellowship level who are seeking to conduct additional years of research beyond their subspecialty requirement. The goal is to aid in the transition into a research faculty appointment.

Hyundai Hope On Wheels creates awareness for pediatric cancers and awards grants to physicians and research centers for life-saving research. The Hyundai Young Investigator Award provides funding for principal investigators whose research projects are likely to have a significant impact on improving the understanding of the biology of childhood cancer. Young investigator Award recipients may be in their 3rd or 4th year of fellowship training or currently pursuing clinical or laboratory research – and have completed their fellowship training within the last 8 years. 

The American Society of Hematology offers the Minority Resident Hematology Award Program (MRHAP) to underrepresented minority resident physicians in an internal medicine, pathology, or pediatric residency program to conduct hematology-focused research. 

The Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) awards grants of up to $15,000 to residents or fellows in orthopaedics or neurosurgery. 

PRE-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP AWARD PROGRAM: The goal of the KidneyCure Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program is to fund PhD students to conduct original, meritorious research projects. This program will foster early career-stage PhD students, under the direction of a sponsor, who are highly motivated to make contributions to the understanding of kidney biology and disease.

BEN J. LIPPS RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM: The goal of the Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship Program is to fund nephrology fellows to conduct original, meritorious research projects. This program will foster the training of fellows, under the direction of a sponsor, who are highly motivated to make contributions to the understanding of kidney biology and disease. This fellowship serves to establish the beginnings of an independent career.

CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Fellow Grant: This grant mechanism is exclusively available for fellows entering their third year who wish to perform a CARRA-related research project (utilizing the CARRA network, the CARRA Registry, or data and/or samples from other CARRA studies). The project must not be necessary to meet the ABP requirement for scholarly work product, but it may be supplemental. The intent of this funding program is to augment the fellow’s research portfolio by supporting a project that extends, enhances, or is distinct from their primary scholarly project, as defined and required by the ABP for Board eligibility. It is the expectation of CARRA that fellows and programs will honor this intent. The funding limit for a Fellow Grant is $25,000. 

The PhRMA Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship programs provide up to two years of stipend funding to support full-time advanced students who will have completed most of their pre-thesis requirements (at least two years of study) and be engaged in thesis research as PhD candidates by the time the award is activated.

EMF/SAEMF Medical Student Research Grant - $5,000
The Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Foundation (SAEMF) jointly award stipends to encourage medical students to engage in and to be exposed to emergency medicine research.

EMF/EMRA Resident Research Grant - $10,000 
The goals of this program are: 1) to promote research within the specialty of emergency medicine, 2) to advance emergency medical care, and 3) to facilitate the academic growth and development of future researchers in emergency medicine and thereby invest in the future of the specialty of emergency medicine. 

Climate and Emergency Medicine Research Grant - $10,000 (Residents or Faculty)
The goals of the EMF Climate and Emergency Medicine Project Grant are to promote research relating to the intersection of climate science (including climate change) and emergency medicine in the areas of epidemiology, education, prevention, preparedness, detection, protection, response, clinical treatment, and/or recovery. The research should have the potential to have a meaningful impact on individuals or populations, patient care, and/or future research.

BioFire/Emergency Medicine Foundation Diagnostics Research Grant - $25,000 (Residents, Fellows or Faculty)
Applications will be accepted that evaluate the impact to emergency medicine of using syndromic testing of infectious diseases compared to alternative approaches (e.g. traditional testing, targeted testing or similar strategies). Appropriate research in this field may be based on antimicrobial stewardship, clinical outcomes, and/or laboratory investigations. Preference will be given to investigators who seek to include patient-important outcomes in their research, and/or go beyond simple diagnostic evaluations or test performance.

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Seed grants for residents and fellows in radiation oncology are offered annually. Each grant provides up to $25,000 for one year to the selected applicant's Institution. Anyone who shows a commitment to a career that focuses in academic radiation oncology and is in a U.S. residency or fellowship at the time the application is submitted may apply for ASTRO’s Resident/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Research Seed Grant.