Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program – Basic and Preclinical Science

The Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides funding to postdoctoral fellows and mentored clinician scientists in basic and preclinical science, and clinical, health services, population health, and implementation research to help them achieve their goals of becoming independent investigators in biomedical research. Applicants may apply under one of the two separate, but linked programs: The King Basic/Preclinical Science Award Program or the King Clinical and Implementation Research Award Program.

The King Trust Basic and Preclinical Science Award Program supports scientists in the mid to late stages of their postdoctoral research training. Proposals in the basic sciences seek to increase our understanding of the underlying biological processes relevant to human health and disease. Preclinical sciences seek to move findings from basic research towards clinical application. The King Trust aligns its definitions of basic sciences and preclinical sciences with the National Institutes of Health.

Basic Research[1] is defined as a systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind.

Preclinical Research[2] connects the basic science of disease with human medicine. Scientists may develop model interventions to further understand the basis of a disease or disorder and find ways to treat it. Testing is carried out using cell or animal models of disease; samples of human or animal tissues; or computer-assisted simulations of drug, device, or diagnostic interactions within living systems.



For questions regarding basic versus clinical research, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document.

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