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University of Wisconsin–Madison

NIH Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38) 2018

To:Chairs and Administrators; Associate Deans for Research; Departments in the Biological Sciences; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:August 25, 2017
Subject:NIH Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38) 2018 RFA-HL-18-023


Deadline for Internal Review:September 25, 2017

Project Description

The purpose of this program is to recruit and retain outstanding, postdoctoral-level health professionals who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as clinician-investigators. To address the growing need for this critical component of the research workforce, this funding opportunity seeks applications from institutional programs that can provide outstanding mentored research opportunities for Resident-Investigators  and foster their ability to  transition to individual career development research awards. The program will support institutions to provide support for up to 2 years of research conducted by Resident-Investigators in structured programs for clinician-investigators with defined program milestones.

Amount: The institutional program’s annual direct costs must not exceed $221,000.

Duration of Award:  Awards for institutional programs are for project periods up to four years in duration; an individual Resident-Investigator must be supported for a minimum of one and a maximum of two years.

Number of Awards:
HLBI intends to commit total costs of $2,475,000 per year in fiscal years 2018 through 2020 to support up to 7 new awards per fiscal year.
NCI intends to commit total costs of $314,000 per year in fiscal years 2018 through 2020 to support one new award per fiscal year.
NIAID intends to commit total costs of $3,729,000 to support up to three new awards in fiscal year 2018 only. No new NIAID R38 awards will be made after FY2018.


Only graduate medical education residency or fellowship programs recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) may be included in the proposed program.

The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities and resources that can contribute to the planned program.

Institutions with existing Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) institutional training grants (e.g., T32) or other Federally funded training programs may apply for this research in residency program provided that the proposed research experiences are distinct from those training programs receiving federal support. Institutions with existing institutional research training, research education or career development programs for clinician-investigators must describe how the proposed program complements and may benefit from these programs.

The Institutional PD/PI(s) should be an established clinician-investigator in a relevant scientific area and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI(s) must have a regular, full-time appointment (i.e., not adjunct, part-time, or emeritus) at the applicant institution. This person should hold a health professional degree (eg MD, DVM, DDS or equivalents), have an appointment in a clinical department related to at least one of the residency programs proposed for participation, have clearly demonstrated education/mentoring experience and have a strong recent history of NIH funding. Exceptional individuals without a clinical doctorate and with demonstrated leadership and mentoring experience in clinical departments may also serve as PD/PI. If the sponsoring institution is a hospital affiliated with a medical or dental school, the PD/PI must have an appointment in both the medical/dental school and at the sponsoring institution.

The Institutional PD/PI(s) will design and provide oversight for the entire program. The PD/PI must identify the residency directors, departmental chairs, and research deans, and describe their roles and responsibilities for the program. The PD/PI is expected to describe how research preceptors are selected and reviewed, and the timing and types of meetings with Resident-Investigators and preceptors to ensure that each participant receives the skills and knowledge he/she requires to achieve the goals of the program. The PD/PI is expected to monitor and assess the program annually, and submit all documents and reports as required.

UW-Madison may submit one application.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

Please include the following information:

Cover Page

Research Strategy of up to 5 pages to include the following (please see the NIH RFA for more detailed information):

  • Proposed Institutional Research Program and Milestones
  • Program Research Preceptors
  • Program Resident-Investigators
  • Institutional Environment and Commitment

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to NIH by October 24, 2017.