Limited Submission: Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38)


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.

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount

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.

Awards for institutional programs are for project periods up to four years in duration; an individual Resident-Investigator must be supported for a minimum of one and a maximum of two years.      

  • 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.
Selection Criteria

Detailed application review criteria can be found here.

  • Significance
  • Investigator(s)
  • Innovation
  • Approach
  • Environment
Limitation Details

An Institution may submit 9 proposals – three in each program area (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Aging) for a total of 9 applications, regardless of application type (non-AIDS or AIDS).

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:
  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • Which NIH Institute (NHLBI, NCI, or NIA) you plan to submit to
    • Indicate whether or not you have submitted to this program in the past. If so, please provide a copy of the review at the end of the internal application.
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • Curriculum vitae
Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to by the internal deadline listed above.


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to

For questions directly related to this program, please contact the following program officers:

Neil Aggarwal, M.D.
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Telephone: 301-827-7820

Mark Damico, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Telephone: 240-276-5630

Shawn Gaillard, Ph.D.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID
Telephone: 240-627-3857

Nina Silverberg, Ph.D. 
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Telephone: 301-496-9350

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