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Sabbatical in Clinical Research Management

Program Overview
The Clinical Research Management Sabbatical at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center is a 4- to 12-week independent study for experienced clinical research investigators and mid-career managers of clinical research programs. While on approved sabbatical from their place of employment, participants are connected with NIH experts in one of six focus areas to learn best practices and develop new solutions to develop and sustain a clinical research enterprise. Sabbatical participants do not engage in clinical research at the NIH. Participants are permitted to consult with NIH experts regarding the development of a research proposal, pending availability.

Application Process:
Sabbaticals are permitted in the winter, spring, and fall. Applications are reviewed three times a year (see review dates below):

  • Winter 2019 (January-March 2019) Application Deadline: September 1, 2018
  • Spring 2019 (March-May 2019) Application Deadline: December 1, 2018
  • Fall 2019 (September-November 2019) Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

Submitting Your Application
To apply, please send the following information via email to

  1. Updated curriculum vitae
  2. Personal statement detailing specific learning goals and timeline for sabbatical
  3. Statement from supervisor/dean/co-investigator

Sabbatical Experience:
Electives and Modules: Guided by staff in the Clinical Center's Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, participants may select up to four of the following focus areas:

  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Support Services
  • Legal and Regulatory Infrastructure
  • Communications and Outreach
  • Strategic Management
  • Funding Opportunities

For a detailed list of the topics in each focus area, please review the Program-Specific Elements. To learn more about the research resources available at the NIH Bethesda campus, please visit NIH Clinical Center's Collaboration Website.

This training opportunity is open to extramural professionals and NIH investigators and staff who are mid-career and have at least seven years of meaningful clinical research experience beyond an advanced degree in their field. Typically, candidates should fit into one of the following four categories:

  • Principal investigator conducting research
  • Administrative professionals managing a clinical research program
  • Healthcare professionals managing a clinical research program
  • Institutional officers overseeing research

Individuals interested in learning the fundamentals of human subjects research should not apply to the sabbatical program. Instead, please consider the NIH Clinical Research Curriculum.

Length: The length of the sabbatical experience is flexible and tailored to the interest of the sabbatical participants, but generally will not exceed three months.

Support: There is no fee for participating in the program. Stipends are not provided by the NIH for travel or living expenses, so individuals must be self-supported or supported by their home institution. The Clinical Center expects to have approximately 10 participants per year.

Previous Participant Spotlight:
Dr. Arvinder Loomba, Professor of Project, Operations and Supply Chain Management, San Jose State University, participated in the Sabbatical in Clinical Research Management for eight weeks in spring 2014 to build his expertise in technology transfer and international development. Dr. Loomba used his sabbatical experience to apply to the Fulbright Specialist Program, which he was recently awarded. Dr. Loomba will serve on the Fulbright Specialist Roster for a five year term, 2014-2019, in the areas of business administration and medical product development.

Program-Specific Elements

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This page last updated on 08/10/2018

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