Robert E. Leet and Clara Guthrie Patterson Trust Mentored Research Award

The Patterson Trust Awards Office Hours session was held on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. This informational session gave applicants an overview of the program and answered general questions about the program. A recording of the presentation is available here.


The Robert E. Leet and Clara Guthrie Patterson Trust was established in 1980 to support “research relating to human diseases, their causes and relief thereof”. In alignment with this mission, the goal of the program is to support pilot studies and innovative research conducted by early stage mentored investigators and promote their transition towards independence.

Two-year awards of $200,000 ($100,000 per year) will be awarded to Applicants working in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.

Research Focus: The program supports projects and studies spanning a broad range of disciplines involving clinical research, including patient-oriented research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin), epidemiological and behavioral studies, outcomes research and health services research. Investigators interested in population health research that seeks to address social determinants of health and/or health inequities as a lever for improving human, health are encouraged to apply. Proposals utilizing animal studies or those with a predominant focus on fundamental aspects of phenomena without direct clinical application are ineligible.


  • Mentored postdoctoral researcher OR clinician scientist working in Connecticut, New Jersey, or Rhode Island
    • without clinical training – must have between 3-6 years full-time postdoctoral research experience


    • with clinical training – must have no more than 6 years full-time postdoctoral (or equivalent) research experience.
  • Clinician scientists must have completed residency and clinical training at the time of the funding start date
  • Must not have a tenure-track faculty position or equivalent or hold a concurrent Career Development Award, NIH R01 or other major source of research funding that covers more than half of their salary.

See our Application Guidelines for detailed Eligibility information.

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.

Health Resources in action is pleased to manage the grantmaking for the Patterson Trust Mentored Research Award Program on behalf of Bank of America, Private Bank, Trustee.

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