School of Medicine

Pediatrics Research

PCHF Funding

The Primary Children's Hospital Foundation (PCHF) generously supports multiple award mechanism in the Research Enterprise in the Department of Pediatrics.

PCHF Early Career Development Award

The PCH Foundation gifts the Department of Pediatrics $300,000 annually to fund an early career development grant program and the bi-annual Grant Writing Workshop. The award helps launch junior investigators’ careers in child health and human development. The program supports pilot research projects that generate preliminary data and lead to future extramural funding. Grant funds support basic, clinical, translational, and health services-research that emphasizes scientific investigation relevant to diseases and disorders of infants and children. Projects must evidence a clear relationship to pediatrics and applicants must demonstrate evidence of ongoing research mentorship. Applicants must have a faculty appointment with a junior rank (Instructor or Assistant Professor) or be a postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Utah. Applicants can apply for up to $25,000 each year for two years. One no-cost extension is allowed when justified. A Call for Preliminary Proposals goes out in February and August of each year for two, separate funding cycles. Applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal also are required to attend a two and a half day grant writing workshop

For application information and guidelines, please follow this link:

Director: Heather Keenan, MDCM, PhD

Program Contact: Rachel Lavering,, 801-587-0677

PCHF Bridge to Success Award

This award supports promising clinician scientists who have significant potential for NIH funding.  All candidates are in the process of applying for extramural funding as a principal investigator. All awardees will be required to submit at least one application to federal or private granting agencies during the award year. Award funds will be used to support salary and benefits directed towards research effort, and may also be used to support research supplies or technical support.

Directors: J. Michael Dean, MD, MBA and H. Joseph Yost, PhD

Program Contact: Rachel Lavering,, 801-587-0677

PCHF Science Award K2R2R

Unlike the Bridge to Success Award, this award is intended for faculty who have maintained continuous funding but need additional support to enhance their chance of receiving their next award.  The award focuses on assisting investigators from their K to R award, or from one R award to the next R award.  Applicants are eligible to apply during the fourth year of their K award.  Applicants with R awards are also eligible to apply when getting ready to transition to their next R award.  Recipients are successfully publishing papers and can demonstrate how this will enhance either the success of transitioning from a K to an R level award or the renewability of an R award.  Dr. Joe Yost will lead the award selection to focus on maximizing investigators’ potential.

PCHF K2R2R Application Info

Director: H. Joseph Yost, PhD

Program Contact: Rachel Lavering,, 801-587-0677

PCHF Child Health KL2 (Career Development)

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) at the University of Utah has provided support for junior faculty who are actively applying for federal funding since 2011 through its KL2 program. The three-year KL2 pilot program has been an enormous success with all 11 recipient investigators receiving federal funding, either from the NIH or Veteran's Affairs. The PCHF funds one KL2 position that is specific to child health.

The Primary Children’s Hospital Child Health KL2 provides support for promising child health researchers and is an extreme value for the CCTS, the U of U, and its partners.  This competitive award is administered through the University’s CCTS and attracts applicants throughout the University with a focus on child health.  The award helps maintain community interactions with the University CCTS which provides substantial benefits to pediatric researchers. The pilot award ended in 2013.  The award provides $135,000 to the PI and five percent to towards the research mentor.

Co-Director: Maureen A. Murtaugh, PhD, RDN

Co-Director: David Turok, MD, MPH

Program Contact: Kim Clark,, 801-213-3757