APA/MCHB Bright Futures Young Investigator Awards

Funding Path Overview

The Bright Futures Young Investigator Award Program supports projects aimed at enhancing the effectiveness and evidence base for health supervision in primary care, consistent with Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision for Infants, Children and Adolescent, 3rd Edition, such as:

  • The effectiveness of health supervision
  • Translation of available science to practice for preventive services
  • Promotion of effective preventive service delivery

The Bright Futures YIA is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration/Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics. The program awards up to $15,000 to selected projects. Please note: This funding path is no longer accepting applications.

Bright Futures YIA Qualifications

The principal investigator and primary mentor of any submitted LOI must be members of the APA or have submitted an application for membership. Receipt of applications is encouraged from individuals who are members of an URM, disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background.

  1. Faculty members who are no more than 5 years out from completion of all training (fellowship or post-doc)
  2. Fellows
  3. Residents


  • Extended family leave
  • Job sharing
  • Military service and deployment.
  • Graduates of APA-sponsored programs that include a focus on research (e.g. Educational Scholars Program, Research Scholars Program) may be granted an additional 3 years beyond completion of the APA program provided their academic rank is at an Instructor or Assistant Professor level, or the equivalent.
  • 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 are eligible to apply.

Applicants requesting extended eligibility should include:

  • 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 and does NOT count toward the application page limit.
  • The mentor's letter should also support this request for extended eligibility and attest to the applicant's commitment to research.

Questions concerning eligibility may be sent to APA staff at yia@academicpeds.org.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for the Bright Futures Young Investigator Award, please click here for further instructions, and ensure you submit all materials specific to your selected funding path. Please note: This funding path is no longer accepting applications. Check back for future funding opportunities!

Past Bright Futures YIA Recipients

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