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Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program at the NIH

Submission of Letters of Intent for the Lasker Scholar Progam

The Lasker Scholar Program

The National Institutes of Health, the nation's premier agency for biomedical and behavioral research, in partnership with the Lasker Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program

The program supports a small number of exceptional clinical researchers in the early stages of their careers to promote their development to fully independent positions. Successful candidates are designated as Lasker Clinical Research Scholars.

Lasker Scholars can take advantage of a unique combination of NIH funding for clinical research for upwards of 12 years. The program, the first of its kind, combines a period of independent research as a Principal Investigator in the NIH Intramural Research Program for 5 to 7 years, plus 3 additional years of independent financial support either at the NIH or at an extramural research institution.

Who we are:

Among our approximately 1,100 principal investigators and 5,000 trainees actively engaged in research are world-renowned experts in immunology, cancer, rare diseases, genetics, translational research, imaging, vaccine development, health disparities, systems biology, sensory biology, structural biology, computational biology, neurosciences, and development, to name but a few scientific areas. Our strength is our diversity in pursuit of a common goal, to alleviate human suffering.

In addition to the Clinical Center, the intramural program includes, among other things, the National Library of Medicine and PubMed, the Vaccine Research Center, and the International Centers for Excellence in Research working in the field in sub-Sahara Africa, South America and Asia. We constitute the world's largest training facility for the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

What we seek:

To maintain our position at the cutting edge, we seek the continued infusion of a diverse and creative staff. The Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program is an opportunity to leap through the barriers to clinical research by offering protected research time and access to hospital facilities and patient enrollments. Candidates must be willing to explore the limits of their productivity and research independence.


Eligible applicants include physicians and dentists, and nurses (including MD, MD/PhD, DO, DDS, DMD, RN/PhD, or equivalent clinical doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution) and must have a professional license to practice clinically in the U.S.  The program is intended for investigators at the early stages of their careers.  At the time the application for the initial IRP phase is submitted, applicants must be no more than 10 years from completion of their core residency training.  Hence, applicants must have completed their core residency by July, 2005.  Applicants will generally have completed or be completing a post-residency clinical fellowship, and will have demonstrated sufficient patient-oriented research experience to qualify for a tenure-track level appointment. Applicants do not have to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, although selected Scholars must qualify for and maintain appropriate visa/residency status throughout the program.

Submitting a Letter of Intent: 

We strongly recommend that interested candidates submit a Letter of Intent, so that we can provide feedback on the programmatic appropriateness of the proposed research to the goals of the NIH intramural research program. Applicants should submit a Biosketch, and a summary of research interests that includes an abstract of the proposed research.  The summary should be no more than 2 pages.  

What to expect:

The Scientific Directors of the 12 participating NIH Institutes and Centers will review the Letters of Intent.  We will notify candidates whether their research interests are a programmatic fit for the intramural program.  The deadline for submitting the full application is August 27, 2015.