Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 5/15/2024

NIH Medical Scientist Partnership Program (FM1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

 The purpose of the Medical Scientist Partnership Program (MSPP) is to develop a diverse pool of combined doctoral degree students (e.g., M.D./Ph.D., D.D.S./Ph.D., D.V.M./Ph.D.) who will conduct their Ph.D. dissertation research at research laboratories in the NIH Intramural Research Program. MSPP Scholars will gain experience in the basic, translational, and clinical biomedical sciences to prepare them for leadership positions in biomedical careers. The combined degree experience will provide the recipients with a strong understanding of the rigorous research study design, critical thinking, experimental methods and rigor, quantitative approaches, bioethics, and data analysis. MSPP Scholars will receive a mentored research experience, extensive career and professional development, mentoring, and networking opportunities. This program thus provides the knowledge, professional skills, and experiences required to identify and transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce that utilize the combined doctoral degree.


  • Application Due Date(s): August 8, 2023; August 8, 2024; August 8, 2025

  • AIDS Application Due Date(s): August 8, 2023; August 8, 2024; August 8, 2025

PAR-23-109 Expiration Date August 9, 2025

Eligibility Requirements

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and women are always encouraged to apply for NIH support. See, Reminder: Notice of NIH's Encouragement of Applications Supporting Individuals from Underrepresented Ethnic and Racial Groups as well as Individuals with Disabilities, NOT-OD-22-019.

By the time of award, 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 Card USCIS Form I-551, or other legal verification of such status).

By the time of award, the applicant must have a baccalaureate degree or equivalent, show evidence of high academic performance in the sciences, and commitment to a career as an independent physician-scientist or other clinician-scientist. They must be matriculated into a combined degree program (e.g., M.D./Ph.D., D.O./Ph.D., D.D.S./Ph.D., or D.V.M./Ph.D.) or clinical doctoral program with the option to pursue a Ph.D. during their clinical degree training and must be accepted into a laboratory within the NIH IRP to conduct their research training. Clinical degree programs that are eligible for the MSPP include, but are not limited to, the M.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., O.D., D.N.P., D.C., or Pharm.D. Applicants pursuing clinical degrees not listed above are encouraged to reach out to the scientific contacts listed in the FOA to determine eligibility.