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The SPR Young Investigator Coaching Program offers promising new pediatric researchers with mentoring opportunities from established national leaders in related research fields. Through this highly selective program, SPR strategically fosters the development of successful early-career physician-scientists and advances SPR’s mission to build a network of multi-disciplinary researchers to improve child health.

Eligibility for Mentees: 


  • Actively conducting child or adolescent health research

  • Must have an advanced doctoral degree in any child health-related field (medicine, psychology, nursing, social work, nutrition)

  • Must be in the first 3 years of a faculty appointment (Instructor, Assistant Professor or equivalent)

  • Intention to pursue an academic pediatric career with a major focus on investigator-initiated research

  • Must attend the PAS Meeting

  • All applicants are invited to apply. Individuals from groups identified by NIH as underrepresented in biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences such as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, women, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

  • Applicants are encouraged to apply for membership in the SPR Junior Section if eligible.

Application Requirements

Deadline for Submission is November 7, 2018

  • Descriptions of:

    • Area of expertise (2-3 sentences)

    • Research accomplishments (150 words max)

    • Career goals and objectives (150 words max)

    • The specific aim of current research (450 words max)

    • Why external mentoring important and in what areas? (150 words max)

  • List of Past and Current Mentors

    • Include the name, title, institution and project title/ description

  • List of Mentors at My Institution Available to Me

    • Include the name, title, institution and project title/ description

  • List of Mentors Outside My Institution Who I Think Would be Appropriate Coaches for Me

    • Include the name, title, institution and project title/ description

  • Letter of Support from Division Head or Department Chair addressing:

    • What the applicant is lacking in their environment in regards to mentoring

    • How external mentoring provided by this program would be beneficial

  • Applicant’s NIH Biosketch

Selection Criteria

  • Potential for the candidate to succeed as an academic investigator

  • A commitment of the candidate to pediatric research-oriented career

  • The benefit provided to the candidate by mentoring and support by YICP

  • Availability of adequate mentoring at candidate’s institution


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For Additional Information contact the SPR Central Office at
info@societyforpediatricresearch.org or call (346) 980-9710