Investigator - Lasker Clinical Research Scholar

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Job Description

The National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Lasker Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2024 Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program. This is an opportunity for up to 10 years of funding for clinical researchers.

The Lasker Scholars program supports a small number of exceptional clinical researchers to promote their development as early-stage independent investigators. This unique program provides Scholars with five to seven years of support as an independent principal investigator in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP), followed by up to 3 years of funding at an extramural research institution. Scholars may also have the opportunity to remain in the IRP rather than leaving for an extramural position, by mutual agreement.

During the IRP (Si2) phase, Lasker Scholars will be offered competitive salaries, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and will be provided research space, supported personnel positions and a research operating budget. In some cases, Lasker Scholars may be able to maintain an affiliation with their previous institution while working at the NIH. During the extramural (R00) phase, successful Scholars receive up to $500,000 in direct costs per year for their research program.

The program honors the contributions of Mary and Albert Lasker to the National Institutes of Health and to the overall biomedical community. The Lasker Foundation will provide Scholars with the opportunity to participate in selected activities.

The NIH and the Lasker Foundation recognize a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the clinical research workforce to improve the nation's capacity to address and eliminate health disparities. The NIH encourages applications from talented researchers from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities and women.

Qualifications and Job Details

Degree Required
M.D. or equivalent
Job Location
Appointment Type
Government Position (Salary commensurate with experience)
Work Schedule
Full-time (In-Person)
US Citizenship not required - (ie, permanent resident, visa)

Required and Preferred Skills

Required Skills

Candidates must have a clinical doctoral degree (MD, MD/PhD, DO, DDS, DMD, RN/PhD or equivalent) from an accredited domestic or foreign institution and must have a professional license to practice in the United States. The program is intended for investigators at the early stages of their independent careers, and candidates cannot have already obtained tenure at a research institution. Applicants generally will have completed or will be completing a post-residency clinical fellowship and will have demonstrated significant patient-oriented research experience to qualify for a tenure-track level appointment. 

About the NCI Center for Cancer Research

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is home to nearly 250 basic and clinical research groups located on two campuses just outside of Washington, D.C. CCR is part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and makes up the largest component of the research effort at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Centrally supported by long-term funding and a culture of complete intellectual freedom, CCR scientists are able to pursue the most important and challenging problems in cancer research. We collaborate with academic and commercial partners and advocacy groups across the world in efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and HIV/AIDS. The CCR research portfolio covers the full spectrum of biological and biomedical research. Our work ranges from basic to translational and clinical, and our clinical trials are conducted in the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest hospital dedicated to clinical research that offers a robust infrastructure to support CCR’s patients on an estimated 250 open studies. The success of CCR is grounded in an exceptionally strong discovery research program that provides the foundation for the seamless translation of insights from bench to bedside. Read more about CCR, the benefits of working at CCR and hear from our staff on their CCR experiences.


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How to Apply
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Submission Requirements - Other
Research Proposal; Four References
Additional Application Information

The application will include a research proposal and submission of four letters of reference. The deadline for a full application is August 30, 2024. The positions will start in 2025, though the start date is flexible. More information and links to the application materials are available at Applications must be submitted as described in the Program Announcement at the website.

For questions, contact Dr. Charles Dearolf, Director of Program Development and Support, NIH Office of Intramural Research, at

Contact Information
Contact Name
Dr. Charles Dearoff
E-mail Address
DHHS, NIH and NCI are equal opportunity employers. The NCI and CCR are deeply committed to diversity of thought, equity and inclusion and encourage applications from qualified women, underrepresented minorities and individuals with disabilities.