TRF Early Career Awards

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TRF Early Career Awards

Applications are open for the Early Career Awards sponsored by the Thrasher Research Fund. The TRF Award is open the post-doctoral researchers who have received the doctoral level degree no more than three years prior to the date of submission of the Concept Paper.

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 will make up to 30 awards total in two funding cycles.

Who May Eligible?

Those eligible to apply include:

  • 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.
  • 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.

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an online application form through the given link:


  • A new investigator who holds 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.
  • 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.
  • All applications are expected to have a novel, scientifically sound, hypothesis-driven approach. Projects should be feasibly accomplished between 1-2 years.
  • Early Career Award applications are submitted using a two-step process.
  • First, complete and submit the Concept Paper through their online portal​.
  • Applicants whose concepts generally fit with the current priorities of the Fund are invited to submit a full proposal.


  • A Thrasher Early Career Award project does not need to be fully encapsulated within the $25,000 award provided by Thrasher.
    • The grant amount is based on the actual budgetary needs of the project, with a maximum of $25,000 indirect costs for the entire grant.
    • The duration of the project can be up to two years. Indirect costs of no more than 7% of direct costs will be paid on Early Career Award Program grants.
    • Up to $12,500 in the 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 one conference is allowed for the applicant to report findings resulting from Thrasher-supported research. Such travel costs may not exceed $2,000.
    • Requests for purchase of major equipment (items >$4,000) are discouraged and rarely funded.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is March 17, 2020 (Noon Mountain Time).

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