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Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP)

Grants to USA Health Care Providers from Disadvantaged
Populations for Postdoctoral Research Projects

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Deadline Date:

03/17/21 3:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nurses, doctors, and dentists from disadvantaged populations for assistance in pursuing postdoctoral research projects. In addition to the stipend and research grant, participants in the program will receive mentoring from a senior faculty member at a recognized academic center.

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.This program supports the development of faculty in order to enhance their influence as leaders, researchers, and advisers to support a Culture of Health. The program provides scholars with:

  • Development of research, academic, and leadership skills;
  • Ongoing mentoring by a distinguished national advisory committee;
  • Leadership development skills that allow scholars to be more effective leaders and influencers in their careers;
  • A foundational grounding in the social determinants of health, health equity, and the elements of a Culture of Health;
  • Development of communications skills in order to advance the impact of scholars’ research and scholarship in the field.

    Postdoctoral research awards are available to physicians, dentists, and nurses who are committed to:

    • Developing careers and achieving senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing;
    • Fostering the development of succeeding classes of physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically disadvantaged backgrounds;
    • Improving the health of underserved populations; and/or
    • Working toward understanding and eliminating health disparities by achieving senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing.

    The program defines the term “historically disadvantaged” to mean the challenges facing individuals because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or similar factors (e.g., possession of a physical, learning, or other disability; first-generation college graduate). Each scholar will study and conduct research with a senior faculty member who is located at an academic center known for the training of junior faculty and who is pursuing lines of biomedical, clinical, or health services research of interest to the scholar. Scholars are expected to spend at least 70 percent of their time engaged in research.

    GrantWatch ID#:

    GrantWatch ID#: 188185

    Number of Grants:

    In this grant cycle, RWJF will fund up to 10 awards.

    Estimated Size of Grant:

    In this grant cycle, RWJF will fund awards of up to $420,000 each. Scholars will receive an annual stipend of up to $75,000 each, complemented by a $30,000 annual grant to support research activities.

    Term of Contract:

    RWJF will fund four-year awards.

    Additional Eligibility Criteria:

    To be eligible for this award, applicants must be physicians, dentists, or nurses who:
    - Are from historically disadvantaged backgrounds;
    - Are U.S. citizens, permanent residents at the time of application, or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application (changes in federal policy or law may necessitate that we consider adjustments in eligibility and grant terms);
    - Are completing or have completed their formal clinical training (we will give preference to those who have recently completed their formal clinical training or—in the case of nurses—their research doctorate);
    - Are not related by blood or marriage to any Officer or Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, or a descendant of its founder, Robert Wood Johnson.

    Federal, state, tribal, and local government employees who are not considered government officials under Section 4946 of the Internal Revenue Code are eligible to apply.

    Physicians must be Board-eligible to apply for this program. A dental applicant must be a general dentist with a master’s degree or a PhD or have completed advanced dental education. Nurse applicants must be registered nurses with a research doctorate in nursing or a related discipline completed by the application deadline.

    Detailed research plans and budgets for selected finalists must be submitted by the university, school of medicine, dentistry, nursing, or research institution with which the prospective scholar will be affiliated during the term of the fellowship.

    The university, school, or research institution must meet the following criteria:
    - Be either a public entity or nonprofit organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is not a private foundation or nonfunctionally integrated Type III supporting organization;
    - Be based in the United States or its territories.

    Pre-Application Information:

    Key Dates:

    - March 17, 2021 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of completed online applications.
    - July 14–16, 2021: Semifinalist applicant interviews with national advisory committee members in Chicago
    - December 2021: Notification of awards.

    Applicants are encouraged to allow plenty of time to register for MyRWJF, familiarize themselves with the online submission requirements, gather all materials, and complete all sections of the application. They are encouraged to contact AMFDP with questions about your application in the weeks prior to the application deadline. Because AMFDP receives so many applications, staff may not be able to assist all applicants in the final 24 hours before the submission deadline. The Foundation strongly suggests that applicants complete all sections of the application and submit it at least several hours before the deadline.

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    Contact Information:

    Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

    Apply at:

    Nina Ardery, Deputy Director
    Phone: (317) 278-0500

    Direction and technical assistance for this program are provided by the Indiana University School of Medicine, which serves as the national program office (NPO), located at:
    Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
    340 W. 10th St, suite 5100
    Indianapolis, IN 46202
    Phone: (317) 278-0500

    Responsible staff members at the NPO are:
    - David S. Wilkes, MD, program director
    - Nina Ardery, deputy director

    Responsible staff members at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are:
    - Wendy Yallowitz, senior program officer
    - Sofia Guayanay, program financial analyst

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