Center Awards are providing 12 institutions with $1,197,766 each to train a team of at least five fellows per institution. Center Awards are designed to promote development of clinician researchers while providing seed funding for new federal center grants by requiring teaching hospitals to form research teams around themes. New York State is below the national average in its share of NIH funding for center grants, and such team building is vital to positioning New York institutions to compete for federal funding. This performance gap represents nearly $200 million in annual federal funding for biomedical research that ECRIP aims to restore.
Teaching hospitals had the option of submitting a secondary abstract formed around a separate theme that is independent of the primary project. Those institutions will split their award funding between the two projects. All 12 institutions have each committed at least $200,000 in direct matching funds for their projects.
"We are fortunate for Commissioner Shah's leadership and excited over the unique educational opportunities ECRIP offers for our young physicians," said Mary Jane Massie, M.D., chair, NYS Council on Graduate Medical Education and chairman, Graduate Medical Education Committee at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. "I first became involved with the State Council on GME when it became actively involved in biomedical research and seeking solutions to reverse a declining trend in the number of research scientists, as well as overall NIH funding, to New York institutions. We are excited about the tremendous potential this redesigned program will provide to advance clinical research across the State."
ECRIP was created by the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education and has supported the training of physicians in clinical research since 2002.
Jo Wiederhorn, President and CEO of Associated Medical Schools of New York, said, "ECRIP represents an important investment in the early-career development of talented scientists and helps leverage additional federal research awards to New York State's academic medical centers. The program fosters further research and training collaborations among the state's seven clinical and translational research centers - the National Institutes of Health-funded centers dedicated to accelerating the pace of translating scientific discoveries into real-world therapies."
Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, said, "New York-Presbyterian is honored and excited to receive funding from the Empire Clinical Research Program. A core part of our mission as an academic medical center is the pursuit of scientific discovery and biomedical research to improve patient care. Through these awards, investigators at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center will have invaluable opportunities to contribute to medical progress and translate new discoveries into innovative approaches to improve the health of New Yorkers."