ECRIP Announcement Letter

May 13, 2013

Dear Clinical Researchers & Hospital GME Directors:

I am pleased to announce that the New York State Department of Health (DOH) is now accepting project abstracts for the Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP). ECRIP has been redesigned this year to continue Individual physician research awards and provide a new category of larger Center awards to make NYS teaching hospitals more competitive for federal funding. ECRIP project abstracts must be submitted to DOH electronically (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) to at any time but no later than 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013. In order to expedite the review and award process, we encourage teaching hospitals to submit their abstract as soon as possible.

This year, up to $8.6 million in first-year funding for two year awards is available to be distributed to teaching hospitals and consortia that train physicians as clinical researchers in order to advance biomedical research in New York. As always, funding for this program is contingent on the continuation and authorization in the State budget.

Teaching hospitals may submit either an Individual Project or a Center Project. Projects abstracts will be reviewed by DOH staff and a panel of experts in clinical research. Award announcements are expected to be made early in the 2013-14 academic year.

In order to submit an ECRIP project abstract, teaching hospitals must provide information on the research project as detailed in the attached Abstract Outline. In addition, attached are an ECRIP summary, draft regulations, a request for expert reviewers in clinical research and the format for submitting a bio-sketch. Please distribute this letter and attachments to the medical director, clinical department chairs and other researchers in your institution.

If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Burke, Executive Director or Prabhakar Rajupet from the NYS Council on Graduate Medical Education at or at (518) 473-3513.

Thank you for your interest in the Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program.


Karen S. Westervelt
Deputy Commissioner
Offices of Primary Care and Health Systems Management