Program Summary

Program Summary

The overall goal of the Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) program is to provide clinicians with in-depth research experiences early in their careers, in order to recruit, retain and accelerate independence of a pool of clinician-investigators with both clinical and research experience necessary to perform basic, clinical and/or translational research. 

Applications are encouraged that propose well-designed institutional programs that will provide Resident-Investigators with research opportunities that can stimulate investigative curiousity and foster transition to additional research and career development, while also meeting requirements for medical board, dental or veterinary specialty eligibility. It is anticipated that applicant Institutions will have written evidence from a Board recognized by the ABMS, the ADA CODA, or the ABVS indicating that the overall structure of research and clinical activities outlined in the application leads to participant eligibility for medical board certification,

This FOA is intended to support Institutional programs that propose effective interactions with the residency director(s), institutional research leaders, and medical boards and optimize access to existing institutional research resources. Program Resident-Investigators identified by the institution will be health professionals with medical, dental or veterinary doctoral degrees (ie, MD, DVM, DDS, DO, MBBS, or equivalents.) with or without additional PhD degrees, with promise and interest in careers as clinician investigators.

This award supports institutional programs of mentored research opportunities designed for Resident-Investigators to engage in research projects with experienced investigators for a minimum of one contiguous year, and a maximum of two years, with the goal of accelerating the transition of participating residents to subsequent research and career development support. Resident-Investigators who complete the StARR program are expected to continue research activity with support from the "Stimulating Access to Research in Residency Transition Support" individual K38 (NOT-HL-17-533).  Other possible means of support for continuing research activity could be  through postdoctoral T32 appointments or F32 National Research Service Awards, institutional KL2 or K12 awards, individual K08 and K23 mentored career development awards, or other awards, depending on their research background and experience. The NIH encourages institutions to recruit and retain individuals from groups currently underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, and to enhance the diversity of the clinician-investigator workforce (NOT-OD-15-053).

Institutional Research in Residency programs may complement ongoing research training and education occurring at the applicant institution, but the proposed research experiences must be distinct from those programs currently receiving Federal support (e.g., T32, T90, R25, K12, KL2) and cannot be used to replace or circumvent Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) programs.

    Application Limits

    Application Limits

    University is limited to one proposal.

    Additional Information


    UIC Letter of Intent
    October 22, 2018
    UIC Internal Competition
    Sponsor Letter of Intent
    Sponsor Application
    February 13, 2019

    Letter of Intent

    Letter of Intent

    Letter of Intent (LOI) Form

    Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.


    Please contact RDS at or 312-996-8348 with any questions.

    If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact for further information.