APA Young Investigator Award

Funding Path Overview

The APA Young Investigator Award funds projects in health services research, medical education, adolescent medicine, public health, epidemiology, emergency medicine, child maltreatment, hospital medicine, developmental/behavioral pediatrics, and other general pediatric clinical research domains. Each year, at least one award will be given to investigators from underrepresented minority (URM) groups. APA Young Investigator Awardees may receive up to $10,000.

The funds available for this program are determined annually by the APA Board of Directors. The number of awards given is dependent upon the availability of funds and the budgets requested in each submitted proposal.


The principal investigator and his/or chosen mentor(s) of each submitted proposal must be members of the Academic Pediatric Association.

Receipt of applications is encouraged from individuals who are members of an underrepresented minority (URM), disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background.

Proposals are welcome from those who are:

  • Faculty members no more than 5 years out from completion of all training (fellowship or post-doc)
  • Fellows
  • Residents
  • Other individuals involved in research aligned with the APA's mission who are within 5 years of completion of training


  • Extended family leave
  • Job sharing
  • Military service and deployment.
  • Graduates of APA Scholars Programs that include a focus on research may be granted an additional 3 years beyond completion of the APA Scholars Programs, provided their academic rank is at an Instructor or Assistant Professor-level, or the equivalent. APA Scholars Programs include: Educational, Research, New Century, and Quality Safety and Improvement Scholars Programs.
  • Individuals with 1- or 2-year career development awards from their home institutions or who have received small external career development awards without salary support.

Applicants requesting extended eligibility should include the following items with their proposal submission:

  • An additional statement of 3 sentences or less describing their situation and rationale for this request. This statement should be provided on a separate document within the application and does NOT count toward the application page limit.
  • The primary mentor's letter of support should attest to the applicant's commitment to research and support the request for extended eligibility.

Previous Young Investigator Awardees are not eligible to apply.


This is a one-time award for 1 year. Multi-year funding requests will not be considered.

Submitted proposals should address an important area of concern for the health or healthcare of children or adolescents. Potential topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • health services research
  • medical education
  • adolescent medicine
  • public health
  • epidemiology
  • emergency medicine
  • child maltreatment
  • hospitalist medicine
  • developmental/behavioral pediatrics
  • other general pediatric clinical research domains

All applicants (including URM applicants) may propose projects in any domain outlined above; however, projects that focus on vulnerable populations, in support of the APA mission, will be prioritized.

Preference is given to those proposals that have the potential to lead to projects of a larger and longer term nature.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for the APA Young Investigator Award, please click here for further instructions, and ensure you submit all materials specific to your selected funding path.

Past APA YIA Recipients

Learn about past APA YIA recipients




Renew Membership

Join APA


APA Journal