Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The purpose of this program is to recruit and retain outstanding, postdoctoral-level health professionals who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as clinician-investigators. To address the growing need for this critical component of the research workforce, this funding opportunity seeks applications from institutional programs that can provide outstanding mentored research opportunities for Resident-Investigators  and foster their ability to  transition to individual career development research awards. The program will support institutions to provide support for up to 2 years of research conducted by Resident-Investigators in structured programs for clinician-investigators with defined program milestones.     


Eligibility revised by NIH 9/27/2017:No more than three applications per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number or NIH IPF number) per cycle is allowed. No institution will have more than one active award at each participating NIH institute or Center (IC).


  • Duke Internal: October 3, 2019
  • Application Due Date(s): New Dates October 24, 2017, February 13, 2019, and February 13, 2020
  • AIDS Application Due Date(s): New Dates January 24, 2018, May 13, 2019, and May 12, 2020

RFA-HL-18-023 Expiration Date New Date May 13, 2020 per issuance of NOT-HL-18-639. (Original Expiration Date: January 25, 2020)

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Eligibility Requirements

Only graduate medical education residency or fellowship programs recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) may be included in the proposed program. For Dental Society postgraduate programs, only dental specialties approved by the Council on Dental Education and Licensure of the American Dental Association may be included in the proposed program. For veterinary specialties only specialties recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) may be included in the proposed program.

The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities and resources that can contribute to the planned program.

Institutions with existing Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) institutional training grants (e.g., T32) or other Federally funded training programs may apply for this research in residency program provided that the proposed research experiences are distinct from those training programs receiving federal support. Institutions with existing institutional research training, research education or career development programs for clinician-investigators must describe how the proposed program complements and may benefit from these programs.

The Institutional PD/PI(s) should be an established clinician-investigator in a relevant scientific area and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI(s) must have a regular, full-time appointment (i.e., not adjunct, part-time, or emeritus) at the applicant institution. This person should hold a health professional degree (eg MD, DVM, DDS or equivalents), have an appointment in a clinical department related to at least one of the residency programs proposed for participation, have clearly demonstrated education/mentoring experience and have a strong recent history of NIH funding. Exceptional individuals without a clinical doctorate and with demonstrated leadership and mentoring experience in clinical departments may also serve as PD/PI. If the sponsoring institution is a hospital affiliated with a medical or dental school, the PD/PI must have an appointment in both the medical/dental school and at the sponsoring institution.

The Institutional PD/PI(s) will design and provide oversight for the entire program. The PD/PI must identify the residency directors, departmental chairs, and research deans, and describe their roles and responsibilities for the program. The PD/PI is expected to describe how research preceptors are selected and reviewed, and the timing and types of meetings with Resident-Investigators and preceptors to ensure that each participant receives the skills and knowledge he/she requires to achieve the goals of the program. The PD/PI is expected to monitor and assess the program annually, and submit all documents and reports as required.   

Amount Description

Institutional award budgets are composed of administrative costs, Resident-Investigator's salaries, travel, and supplementary research funds, as described below. The institutional program's annual direct costs must not exceed $221,000.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

October 3, 2019

External Deadline

February 13, 2020