Faculty Starter Grant in Translational Medicine

Funding Agency:
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation

The PhRMA Foundation Faculty Starter Grant in Translational Medicine offers financial support to individuals beginning independent research careers at the faculty level at an accredited U.S. university. Applicants must be in a tenure-track position and within the first five years of their independent status

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2023

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Areas of Interest

Applicants should work with clinical collaborators to identify unmet clinical needs. Proposals should integrate innovative technologies, with advanced biological, chemical, diagnostic, and pharmacological sciences and engineering methodologies in areas that include but not are limited to:  

  • Genetics (Molecular, Pharmaco-, Population, Medical) 
  • Genomics (Functional, Structural, Toxico-, Pharmaco-, Comparative) 
  • Systems (Biology and Pharmacology)  
  • Pathways and Networks  
  • Integrative Biology  
  • Modeling and Simulation  
  • Target Identification and Validation  
  • Biomarker Identification and Validation  
  • Molecular Epidemiology  
  • Imaging  
  • Disease Modeling  

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants (U.S. and non-U.S. citizens) must be:

    • Employed at a PhD and/or MS degree-granting accredited U.S. university
    • Within the first five years of independent status
    • Appointed to a tenure-track position (Non-tenure track candidates will not be considered.)
    • Exceptions require written support from the department chair stating that this funding would promote the applicant into a regular tenure-track appointment, with the opportunity for promotion within the track. (Be sure to add your department chair as a reference when submitting your application.) 
  • Applicants must be eligible to apply for independent external research funding by their university. 
  • Applicants should not have other substantial sources of research funding. Individuals receiving only intramural funding or start-up funding from their university are eligible to apply. (Applicants are ineligible if they are the principal investigator of an R01 from the National Institutes of Health or a career award from the National Science Foundation.)
  • Funds must be used to conduct the proposed research. 



Amount Description

The program provides a research grant of $100,000 for one year.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

February 1, 2023