PhRMA Foundation: Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Awards in Informatics

The goal of the Informatics program is to promote development and use of novel informatics in an integrative approach toward understanding normal processes of human biology and disease processes. The goal of this program is to support students in advanced stages of training and thesis research and to encourage the entry of well-trained investigators into the informatics field.

Informatics awards support career development of scientists engaged in research that significantly integrates state-of-the-art information technology developed with advanced biological, chemical, and pharmacological sciences in the following areas:

  • Genetics Proteomics
  • Molecular Systems Biology
  • Medical (human) Pathways and Networks
  • Pharmaco-Integrative Biology
  • Population Modeling and Simulation
  • Novel approaches to the analysis of Big Data

Genomics Molecular Epidemiology

  • Functional
  • Structural
  • Toxico-
  • Pharmaco-
  • Comparative
Number of Applications
Amount of Funding

 $20,000 in stipend support per year for one or two years.


Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.

  • Applications must be submitted by an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Due to the high demand for this fellowship, the PhRMA Foundation will accept only two applications per academic institution.[1]
  • This program supports full-time, in-residence students who will have completed most of their pre-thesis requirements (at least two years of study) and be engaged in thesis research as Ph.D. candidates by the time the award is activated.[2]
  • For applications to be considered, proposals must contain innovative informatics components and not solely apply bioinformatics methodologies to experimental data analysis.[3]
  • The use of non-human model systems must be described in terms of its relationship to human biology and disease.
  • Emphasis will be placed on the development of new informatics technologies that facilitate translation of data into an elucidation and understanding of human biological and disease processes. This includes the applicant's identification of unmet clinical needs and a proposed solution.
  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

[1] Exceptions may be considered for institutions with multiple campuses. 
[2] Students just beginning graduate school should not apply. A candidate enrolled in an M.D./Ph.D. program should not be taking required clinical coursework or clerkships while the fellowship is active. An individual may not simultaneously hold or interrupt any other fellowship providing stipend support while the PhRMA Foundation fellowship is active.
[3] Preference will be given to individuals whose research combines novel computational methods with experimental validation.

Submission Process

Step 1

For consideration as a finalist, investigators must submit the following proposal materials as a single PDF email attachment to Stephanie Endy at no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2018.

  • A one-page, 12-point-font, one-inch-margin cover letter, including candidate name, department/division, school/college, project title and brief summary of the applicant's proposed thesis, and
  • A federal-grant-style biosketch (typically NIH or NSF) or CV.
Step 2

Final nominees will be notified of their selection by Friday, August 25, 2018.

Step 3

Final proposal must be received by the Office of Research Administration by Wednesday, August 30, 2018 at 5:00pm EST.

Step 4

Final proposal must be received by the sponsor by Friday, September 1, 2018 at 5:00pm EST.


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
08/16/2018 08/25/2018 08/30/2018 09/01/2018 CLOSED