Thrasher Research Fund: Early Career Awards 2016

The Thrasher Research Fund recognises that young investigators may find it difficult to remain in paediatric research because of a lack of funding. Therefore, the purpose of this program is to encourage the development of medical research in child health by awarding small grants to new researchers, helping them gain a foothold in this important area.

The Fund is open to a variety of research topics important to children’s health. Both incidence and severity are considered when determining the significance of a problem being studied.
In the Early Career Award Program, the Fund is particularly interested in applicants that show great potential to impact that field of children’s health through medical research.

Funding & Duration

Funding is available for up to US $25,000 (approx. AUD $35,000). A portion of this funding may be used for salary and conference attendance/travel.


Those eligible to apply include:

  • Physicians who are in a residency/fellowship training program, or who completed that program no more than one year before the date of submission of the Concept Paper; and
  • Post-doctoral researchers who received the doctoral level degree no more than three years prior to the date of submission of the Concept Paper.

A new investigator who holds a National Institutes of Health (NIH) K award (including a K12 award) or a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) is not eligible to apply for the Early Career Award.

There are no restrictions with regard to citizenship. The Fund is open to applications from institutions both inside and outside the United States.

Submission Requirements & Due Dates

  • 15 March 2016 – Concept Submissions (directly to Sponsor)
  • Copy of Concept Submission forwarded to the Research Branch ASAP.
  • 2 May 2016 – Full applications (by invitation only) submitted to the Research Branch for internal review.

Grants Officer: Dr Don McMaster


Further Information

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