Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP)


The Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP) is funded by New York State through the Department of Health and is designed to prepare researchers and research teams to compete for federal funding in clinical and translational biomedical research. The University of Rochester Medical Center has been a major beneficiary of this program, having hosted 22 individual ECRIP projects and one center project supporting 7 trainees since 2002.

This year, the State is again offering Center Awards: theme-based projects in a strategically important area of research for the institution, involving research teams with experience as federally-funded investigators and clinical research fellows who must be trained as physicians, dentists or podiatrists. Funding for ECRIP Centers will probably range from $300,000 to $600,000 per year for two years. The exact amount is uncertain and depends on the number of applications funded. Center projects must begin no earlier than April 1, 2015 and no later than December 31, 2015. Full program details are available on the NYS Department of Health ECRIP website

The University is allowed to propose only one primary Center application and one secondary application, which will be awarded if sufficient funds are available. The internal application review process requires interested parties to submit a brief one-page abstract (no particular format is required) describing the proposed ECRIP Center project. The project director and mentors must be identified, as well as proposed fellows if known. Abstracts will be reviewed through a process led by the Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Karl Kieburtz MD MPH, and one or two applicants will be invited to submit full applications. Please note the following application timetable:

  1. September 17, 2014, 8:00am – Abstracts are due in electronic form to Mary Little (mary_little@urmc.rochester.edu)
  2. September 22, 2014 – One or two applicants will be invited to submit full applications.
  3. October 13, 2014, 8:00am – Full applications are due to ORPA, including an ORPA sign-off form. Please work with Laurie Naber in ORPA, even if your usual ORPA RA is someone else.
  4. Applications will be submitted to the Department of Health on behalf of the applicant.

Please contact Thomas T. Fogg (thomas_fogg@urmc.rochester.edu) with questions.


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