About the Clinical Investigator Development Program

Selectees will be appointed as "Assistant Clinical Investigators" for three years with the option for a fourth year based on exceptional performance. Assistant Clinical Investigators receive a competitive salary commensurate with subspecialty training and experience and will be assigned dedicated laboratory space, if needed, and an independent budget, travel and training funds and access to an extensive infrastructure that includes research nursing, data management support, animal facilities, core services, and advanced technologies such as:

  • imaging/microscopy
  • protein chemistry and purification
  • mass spectrometry
  • flow cytometry
  • genomics
  • transgenic and knockout mice 


An attractive federal government employee benefit package includes health and life insurance coverage, a retirement savings program and relocation expenses. Student loan repayment is possible through NIH. 

Completion Requirements

Program participants must develop a research proposal within the first six months in collaboration with a mentor and participate in a course focusing on writing cancer grant applications. Participants have the option to apply for an NIH Career Development Award (K mechanism) and complete the courses Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical ResearchPrinciples of Clinical Pharmacology, and Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research. There will be an annual review of each participant's research program.