Robert E. Leet and Clara Guthrie Patterson Trust Mentored Research Award and William O. Seery Clinical Investigator Award

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The Robert E. Leet and Clara Guthrie Patterson Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, was created in 1980 for the advancement of medical science, particularly research “relating to human diseases, their causes and relief.” Two-year Awards of $90,000 ($45,000 per year) will be awarded to Applicants working in Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

The primary goal of the Program is to support research that focuses on the causes of human disease and/or improving treatment. To achieve this goal the Patterson Trust supports mentored clinical investigators in the early stages of their research careers to promote the pursuit of academic research careers as successful independent investigators. The Program supports innovative research and pilot studies spanning a broad range of disciplines including both patient-oriented clinical research and translational laboratory research.

Any cancer-related proposals submitted for consideration for the Patterson Trust Award will also be eligible to be considered for the Seery Foundation Clinical Investigator Award.

The William O. Seery Foundation, established in 2010 to “support research for the treatment and cure of cancer of all types,” will consider cancer-related proposals submitted through the Patterson application process for funding for a Seery award.

Special Topics and Considerations

To further the goals of the program, early-stage investigators interested in population health research that seeks to address social determinants of health and/or health inequities as a lever for improving health, are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration.

To promote and enable diversity in biomedical research, the Patterson Trust and Seery Foundation are committed to awarding researchers of all backgrounds, including racial/ethnic groups that are underrepresented in science. The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health have established that individuals from the following groups are underrepresented in science: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. Applicants that identify as a member of these groups are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration.