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AHRQ supports health services research training, including career development grants

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides support for a variety of research training programs, including intramural and extramural predoctoral and postdoctoral education, research infrastructure, and career development grants. In addition. AHRQ supports the development of health services research infrastructure in emerging centers of excellence and works with Federal and academic partners to develop innovative curricula and educational models.

AHRQ provides 3 to 5 years of support for Independent Scientist Awards and Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Awards. Applications for these programs are accepted February 1, June 1, and October 1, annually. Examples of career development projects currently in progress are presented here. For more information on AHRQ-supported research training programs, including information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the AHRQ Web site at

Independent Scientist Awards (KO2)

Independent Scientist Awards (K02 projects) are intended to foster the development of promising new investigators in the field. Individual awards support newly independent scientists who can demonstrate a need for a period of intensive research focus.

William G. Adams, M.D., Boston Medical Center
Project title: Using an EMR to Improve Urban Child Health
AHRQ grant K02 HS13655, project period 4/1/04-3/31/07

Nancy Birkmeyer, Ph.D., University of Michigan Medical School
Project title: Assess and Improve the Quality of Care for Low Back Pain
AHRQ grant K02 HS11288, project period 9/1/00-8/31/05

Evelyn Chan, M.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Project title: Health Communication Over the Internet
AHRQ grant K02 HS11421, project period 9/1/01-8/31/06

Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08)

AHRQ provides support for the development of outstanding clinician research scientists who are committed to a career in health services research, with a focus on their development as independent scientists. The candidate must have a clinical doctoral degree, identify a mentor with extensive research experience, and be willing to spend a minimum of 75 percent of full-time professional effort conducting research and developing a research career during the award period.

Mary Catherine Beach, M.D., M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Project title: Patient Centeredness in Care of Vulnerable Populations
AHRQ grant K08 HS13903, project period 9/1/03-8/31/08

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