Young Investigator Awards Program


Program Overview



The Young Investigator Awards Program provides awards of up to $15,000 for research conducted by graduate students, residents, fellows, doctoral trainees, and junior faculty related to child health promotion, health services research, teaching, or patient care.

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All applicants and their chosen primary mentors must be members of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA). Projects must be consistent with the goals of the APA. Preference is given to projects that have the potential to lead to further studies.

The Young Investigator Award Program offers several funding paths:

  • The APA Young Investigator Award funds projects in health services research, medical education, adolescent medicine, public health, epidemiology, emergency medicine, child maltreatment, hospitalist medicine, developmental/behavioral pediatrics, and other general pediatric clinical research domains. Awardees may receive up to $10,000.

  • The APA Young Investigator Award for Primary Care Strategies for the Promotion of Early Literacy and School Readiness, with generous support from Reach Out and Read, provides financial support to young investigators whose research projects focus on interventions in primary care intended to support the early stages of literacy development and school readiness among children at risk for reading problems or school failure. Awardees may receive up to $15,000.

  • The Nutrition in Underserved Communities Young Investigator Award funds research focused on improving nutrition and nutrition-related health issues in children, ages 0-21. Projects must focus on low-income populations and involve primary data collection including quantitative and/or qualitative methods. This award is funded by a generous donation from The Karp Family in honor of Dr. Robert Karp. The program awards up to $14,000 per selected project.

  • The APA Resident Investigator Award provides awards of up to $2,500 for research conducted by residents related to child health promotion, health services research, teaching or patient care. Projects must specifically address one of the following areas in general pediatrics: health services research, medical or housestaff education, adolescent medicine, public health, epidemiology, emergency medicine, child maltreatment, hospitalist medicine, developmental/behavioral pediatrics, or other pediatric clinical research domains.


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