University of Southern California


RFA-HL-18-023: Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38)

Slots:                                                     1                             

Internal Deadline:                           October 26, 2018, noon PT

LOI:                                                        N/A                       

External Deadline:                          February 13, 2019

Award Information:                        Type:  Grant

                                                                Award Amount and Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

The following NIH components intend to commit the following amounts:


Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:


Materials to submit:


Link to Award:                        


Additional Eligibility Info:           

Research preceptors should have research expertise and a successful track record of mentoring clinician-investigators. One may consider co-preceptors whenever one preceptor has limited experience; in this case, the timing and interactions between co-preceptors with the Resident-Investigators must be described. Where possible, clinician-investigators with various educational backgrounds, as well as those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical science should have opportunities to serve as preceptors and/or meet with both preceptors and Resident-Participants to discuss effective research career strategies.


For the purposes of this Funding Opportunity, Resident-Investigators include individuals with health professional doctoral degrees (e.g., MD, DO, MBBS, DDS, DMD, OD, ND, DVM; with or without a research doctorate) engaged in graduate medical education consisting of advanced clinical training (herein referred to as “residency”)


Resident-Investigators are required to have a full-time appointment at the applicant institution, and to commit a minimum of 9.6 person-months (80% effort to research over 12 months) of the residency.


By the time of the appointment to the program, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e. possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Care USCIS Form 1-551, or other legal verification of such status.



The overall goal of the Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) program is to provide clinicians with in-depth research experiences early in their careers, in order to recruit, retain and accelerate independence of a pool of clinician-investigators with both clinical and research experience necessary to perform basic, clinical and/or translational research.


This FOA is intended to support Institutional programs that propose effective interactions with the residency director(s), institutional research leaders, and medical boards and optimize access to existing institutional research resources. Program Resident-Investigators identified by the institution will be health professionals with medical, dental or veterinary doctoral degrees (ie, MD, DVM, DDS, DO, MBBS, or equivalents.) with or without additional PhD degrees, with promise and interest in careers as clinician investigators.


This FOA will support Institutional Programs that propose to engage Resident-Investigators in research. Institutional Programs applications submitted in response to this FOA should be characterized by:


Institutional Programs that propose to support residents from more than one training specialty (e.g. internal medicine, pediatrics, pathology, radiology, etc) to promote cross-disciplinary interaction are strongly encouraged.


Institutional Awards

This FOA will provide support for supplementary research and professional development activities that will contribute to successful research, including:

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.