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Scientists for Medical Disease Research Projects

Robert E. Leet and Clara Guthrie Patterson Trust Mentored Research Award

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Funding Source:

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Health Resources in Action and Bank of America

Deadline Date:

08/16/22 12:00 PM ET


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Grants to Connecticut, New Jersey, and Rhode Island early-career scientists working at nonprofit research, medical, or academic institutions for medical disease research. The purpose of this program is to support medical research in multiple disciplines. Funding is intended to support studies that focus on the causes of human disease and/or improving treatment.

The Robert E. Leet and Clara Guthrie Patterson Trust was established in 1980 to support “research relating to human diseases, their causes and relief thereof”. In alignment with this mission, the goal of the program is to support pilot studies and innovative research conducted by early stage mentored investigators and promote their transition towards independence. Investigators interested in population health research that seeks to address social determinants of health and/or health inequities as a lever for improving human health are encouraged to apply. 

The program follows the NIH2 definition of the clinical research which includes:

  1. Patient-oriented research. Research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator (or colleague) on the proposed study directly interacts with human subjects. It includes: (a) patient-based studies of mechanisms of human disease, (b) therapeutic interventions, (c) clinical trials, or (d) development of new technologies. Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues that cannot be linked to a living individual.
  2. Epidemiological and behavioral studies.
  3. Outcomes research and health services research.

To promote and enable diversity in biomedical research, the Patterson Trust and Seery Foundation are committed to awarding researchers of all backgrounds, including racial/ethnic groups that are underrepresented in science. The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health have established that individuals from the following groups are underrepresented in science: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. Applicants that identify as a member of these groups are encouraged to apply.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190060

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards of $200,000 ($100,000 per year) will be awarded.

Term of Contract:

Funding Period: January 31, 2023 – January 30, 2025

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must meet the following requirements by the application due date.

Geographic/Institutional Eligibility:
Applicants must work in a non-profit academic, medical or research institution in the states of Connecticut (CT), New Jersey (NJ) or Rhode Island (RI). There are no institutional limitations on the number of applicants who may submit to this Program, however the number of awards per institution may be limited to a maximum of 2.

Applicant Eligibility:
- Applicants must have a doctoral degree (MD, MD/PhD, PhD, DO, DMD, PharmD, DPT, or equivalent). Degrees obtained outside the United States must be equivalent.
- Postdoctoral researcher OR Clinician scientist
1) without clinical responsibilities – must have between 3-6 years full-time postdoctoral research experience
2) with clinical responsibilities – must have no more than 3 years full-time postdoctoral (or equivalent) research experience.
- Clinician scientist applicants must have completed residency and clinical training at the time of the funding start date.
- Must not have a tenure-track faculty position or equivalent (no start up package or lab space). For additional information about this requirement, see
- United States citizenship is not required; visa documentation is not required.

Exclusions: Applications with animal research or with a predominant focus on fundamental aspects of phenomena without direct clinical application are ineligible.

Proposals are not eligible if the majority of the studies focus on fundamental aspects of phenomena without direct clinical application.

Funds may not be used to support the Mentor’s of Division Chief’s salary. In addition, funds may not be used for new construction, the renovation of existing facilities, fundraising projects, or endowments. Funds may not be used for any political activity, accumulated deficits, or for any other purpose prohibited by the Internal Revenue Service Code. Funds awarded for the direct costs of the Project may not be used for general operating costs. Research-related expenses not directly related to the Project, general office supplies, individual institutional administrative charges (e.g. telephone, other electronic communication, IT network), professional membership dues, and pre-award charges are not allowable expenses.

Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline: Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 12:00 PM, U.S. Eastern Time
- Final notification to applicants will be by November 2022.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application:

For any questions not covered in the program guidelines or the FAQs, please contact:

Health Resources in Action
2 Boylston St. 4th floor
Boston, MA 02116

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USA: Connecticut;   New Jersey;   Rhode Island

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