Thrasher Research Fund: Early Career Grants

The Thrasher Research Fund provides grants for clinical, hypothesis-driven research that offers substantial promise for meaningful advances in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of children’s diseases, particularly research with the potential for broad-based applications.

To help advance this mission, the fund welcomes concept papers for its Early Career Awards program. Through the program, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of medical research in child health conducted by new researchers with oversight by a mentor. In this funding cycle, the fund anticipates awarding grants to fifteen researchers with the potential to eventually become independent principal investigators. A variety of research topics are eligible for consideration, as the fund does not focus on a particular disease but instead on children’s health broadly defined (though the fund is especially interested in applicants that show great potential to impact that field of children’s health through medical research).

To be eligible, applicants must be a physician in a residency/fellowship training program, a physician who has completed such a program no more than a year before the date of submission of the concept paper, or a postdoctoral researcher who has received his/her doctoral-level degree no more than three years prior to submission of the concept paper. The program is open to applications from institutions both inside and outside the United States.

Concept papers are due March 16. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by May 7, 2021.