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Early Career Awards

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Residents,
Fellows, and Post-Doctoral Researchers for Pediatric Research

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Thrasher Research Fund

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Deadline Date:

11/05/21 Noon Mountain Time


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Grants of up to $25,000 to USA, Canada, and international recent residents, fellows, and post-doctoral researchers for a broad range of pediatric research topics. Applicants are required to submit a concept paper prior to a full grant application. The purpose of the fund is to support applicants who will go on to be independent investigators.

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 this 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 Fund is open to a wide variety of research topics. The Fund does not focus on a particular ​disease, but all the funded projects deal directly with children's health. 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.

In the Discovery/Development/Delivery paradigm, most of the Fund's grants fall into the Development category, though excellent applicants in the Discovery and Delivery categories are occasionally funded.

  • Discovery: Mechanis​ms and pathways, biomarker target identification, gene identification, descriptive ‘-omics
  • Development: Therapeutics, interventions, diagnostics, clinically relevant biomarker validation
  • Delivery: Implementation science, operations research, health services, quality improvement.

For a full list of selection criteria, see URL for Full Text (RFP).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194465

Number of Grants:

The Fund will make up to 30 awards total with two funding cycles (15 awards each).

Estimated Size of Grant:

-The total of Direct Costs cannot exceed $25,000. In addition, 7% of Direct Costs are allowed as Indirect Costs for a total maximum budget of $26,750.
- Up to $12,500 in total of the proposed budget may be used for salary (including fringe) of the new researcher. Funds not needed for salary are to be used for research supplies or other research-related expenses.
- The cost of attending conferences are allowed for the applicant to report findings resulting from Thrasher-supported research. Such travel costs may not exceed $2,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects should be feasibly accomplished between 1-2 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Those eligible to apply include:
1. 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.
2. Post-doctoral researchers who received the doctoral level degree no more than three years prior to the date of submission of the Concept Paper.

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

An applicant who is supported by 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. An Investigator with an application pending for one of the above may apply to the Early Career Award Program, but if an award is received before the Thrasher full proposal submission deadline the application will be removed from consideration. If the award is received after the full proposal submission deadline you may keep both awards.

Requests for purchase of major equipment (items >$4,000) are discouraged and rarely funded.

For a full list of expenses, see page 4 of the ECAP Full Proposal Application document in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Application Information:

There​ will be two cycles each year with up to 16 applications awarded in each cycle. If awarded, please note that projects must receive IRB approval within six months of the award notification date, listed below.

2021 Spring Cycle
Concept Submission Deadline: March 16, 2021 (Noon Mountain Time)
Acceptance/Rejection Of Concept Paper: By April 9, 2021
Proposal Submission Deadline: May 7, 2021 (Noon Mountain Time)
Notification Of Awards: June 11, 2021

2021 Fall Cycle
Concept Submission Deadline: September 14, 2021 (Noon Mountain Time)
Acceptance/Rejection Of Concept Paper: By October 8, 2021
Proposal Submission Deadline: November 5, 2021 (Noon Mountain Time)
Notification Of Awards: December 17, 2021

- Each application may have only one Principal Investigator.
- For a list of topics to be addressed in the application, see page 3 of the ECAP Full Proposal Application document in Supporting Documents, below.
- Completed application forms must be submitted through the online portal.

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.

A Thrasher Early Career Award project does not need to be fully encapsulated within the $25,000 award provided by Thrasher. It is common for other sources of funding to contribute to the successful completion of a research project, such as funds from the mentor's lab. Demonstration of sufficient funds to complete the project is a consideration for the Fund's Advisory Committee.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

Aaron Pontsler, MS, MBA
Research Manager
(801) 240-6385

Brittni Smith, PhD
Research Manager
(801) 240-4720

Thrasher Research Fund
68 S. Main Street, Suite 400
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

(801) 240-4753

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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