Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Project: Research project

Project Details


Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine will apply for funding to support early career investigators, especially physician scientists, whose ability to conduct funded, ongoing clinical research was adversely affected by increased caregiving responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last decade, Northwestern has sustained year-after-year growth of its investigator faculty and research portfolio and has a pool of over 50 funded, early career investigators who would be immediately eligible for support through this program. These faculty are diverse and inclusive of women and those under-represented in biomedical research. This new program will complement ongoing programs initiated by Northwestern to offset pandemic-related burdens experienced by faculty and provide technical/coordinator support as well as access to highly-skilled core facilities and other support needed to propel early career clinical research programs slowed by pandemic-related caregiving responsibilities. Recognizing the extra burdens the pandemic placed on early career investigators, we will solicit applications from funded early career investigators focused on clinical investigation. Candidates will be selected using infrastructure for the solicitation and review of grant proposals established by the CTSA-funded Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Eligible investigators will provide a short proposal describing their qualifications, ongoing research program, extramural support for their program, impediments to its progress imposed by increased caregiving and other pandemic-related responsibilities, and how the funds will help re-establish and propel their research. Investigators deemed to be most vulnerable based on their stage of career development and potential, pandemic-related responsibilities, and disruption to their research program will be awarded grants.
Effective start/end date10/15/2110/14/23


  • Walder Foundation (Lowe AGMT 10/13/21)


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