Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Awards 2018

Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Awards 2018

Deadline: March 13, 2018

Thrasher Research Fund is now accepting applications for the Early Career Awards 2018. The Fund recognizes that young investigators may find it difficult to remain in pediatric research because of a lack of funding. Therefore, the purpose of The Early Career Award Program is to encourage the development of medical research in child health by awarding small grants to new researchers, helping them gain a foothold in this important area.

The goal is to fund applicants who will go on to be independent investigators. The Fund will make up to 30 awards total with two funding cycles (15 awards each).

In the Early Career Award Program, the Fund is particularly interested in applicants that show great potential to impact that field of children’s health through medical research. Both an applicant’s aptitude and inclination toward research are considered. The quality of the mentor and the mentoring relationship are also considered to be important predictors of success.


  • There are no restrictions with regard to citizenship. The Fund is open to applications from institutions both inside and outside the United States.

Those eligible to apply include:

  • Physicians who are in a residency/fellowship training program, or who completed that program no more than one year before the date of submission of the Concept Paper.
  • Post-doctoral researchers who received the doctoral level degree no more than three years prior to the date of submission of the Concept Paper.

A new investigator who holds a National Institutes of Health (NIH) K award (including a K12 award) or a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) is not eligible to apply for the Early Career Award.

Each project needs to be under the guidance of a mentor. The qualifications and experience of the mentor will be considered in the evaluation of the application. A mentor may have only one Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Awardee at a time.

Selection Criteria

All applications are expected to have a novel, scientifically sound, hypothesis-driven approach. Projects should be feasibly accomplished between 1-2 years.


Applicants who excel in this category have demonstrated commitment to a research career that will find solutions to children’s health problems. These applicants should demonstrate the potential to eventually become independent principal investigators.

This is judged in part by
  1. Publication record relative to where the applicant is in training
  2. The applicant’s role in developing the research project
  3. Prior funding, grants, and recognitions


This is judged in part by

  1. History of successful funding
  2. Publication record
  3. Expertise in the topical area
  4. Mentoring track-record
  5. History of working with the applicant


Early Career Award applications are submitted using two-step process.

First, complete and submit the Concept Paper by email.

Applicants whose concepts generally fit with the current priorities of the Fund are invited to submit a full proposal. Full proposals are reviewed by the Fund’s Advisory Committee.

For more information, visit Early Career Awards .