Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Clinical Research Fellowship Awards

The FMD Clinical Research Fellowship Awards are for MD and PhD Research Fellows and Clinical Research Fellows who are in the training phase of their research at MGH and Instructors who are within 5 years total since initiating their research fellowship training. The award is open to clinical research at MGH.

Clinical Research includes research involving human subjects. Examples of this include but are not limited to clinical trials, observational studies, physiological studies, behavioral studies, and epidemiologic analyses. IRB approval (not exemption) of the study that includes the applicant as a named study staff is required if applying in this category.  

The following definition for Clinical Research (from the NIH Grants Policy Statement Glossary) will also be used to assess eligibility:

1. Patient-oriented research: Research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects.  In vitro studies that utilize human tissues that cannot be linked to an individual are therefore not eligible for this award. Patient-oriented research includes:

  • Mechanisms of human disease
  • Therapeutic intervention  
  • Clinical trials
  • Development of new technologies

2. Epidemiological and behavioral studies.

3. Outcomes and health services research.