The ECR program aims to:

  • Help early career scientists become more competitive for R01 funding by giving them first-hand experience with the review process
  • Enrich the existing pool of reviewers through increased recruitment of groups traditionally underrepresented on panels such as women, underrepresented minorities, and scientists from small institutions

Do you qualify?

To qualify for the ECR program, you must:

  • Have at least 2 years of experience as a full-time faculty member or researcher in a similar role. Post-doctoral fellows are not eligible.
  • Must be an Assistant Professor or in an equivalent role. Because the program is focused on early career scientists, Associate Professors are not eligible.
  • Show evidence of an active, independent research program. Examples include publications, presentations, institutional research support, patents, acting as supervisor of student projects.
  • Have at least 1 senior-authored research publication in a peer-reviewed journal in the last 2 years plus at least 1 additional senior-authored research publication since receiving a Ph.D. or M.D.
    • In press publications are considered; pre-prints are not.
    • We consider “senior author” as single author, corresponding author, or first or last author.
    • There is no requirement that the recent publication cover work performed at the current institution.
  • Have not served on an NIH study section in any capacity aside from as a mail reviewer. (Mail reviews do not include participation in the meeting.)
  • May not have held an R01 or R01-equivalent (R35, R37, RF1, R23, R29, DP1, DP2, DP5, U01, RL1) grant in the PD/PI role
  • Must have submitted a grant proposal to the NIH and received the associated summary statement; any grant mechanism other than F30, F31, F32 fulfills this requirement