PEDSnet Scholars Program: July 2024 Cohort Application

PEDSnet Scholars: A Learning Health System Embedded Scientist Training and Research (LHS E-STaR) Center (P30) 

The PEDSnet Scholars Program is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funded Learning Health System Embedded Scientist Training and Research (LHS E-STaR) Center (P30) designed to support the professional development of promising scientists to conduct learning health system (LHS) science and research that accelerates the efficiency and quality of healthcare and health outcomes for children and their families. This may include faculty or individuals seeking to expand their methodological expertise into learning health system science and research. It builds upon prior efforts of a multidisciplinary faculty with decades of experience in research mentorship and the resources of nationally renowned pediatric academic medical centers that already collaborate in the PEDSnet clinical research network. PEDSnet scholars will learn and use new methods that leverage modern clinical data systems and test interventions in pragmatic child/family-centered outcomes research studies, embedded in diverse delivery systems and communities.  

Please refer to the following article for more information on learning health systems research and its training competencies: Forrest CB, Chesley FD Jr, Tregear ML, Mistry KB. Health Serv Res. 2017 Aug 4. Development of the Learning Health System Researcher Core Competencies. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12751. 

Program Aims

The program goals are to train the next generation of Pediatric Learning Health Systems researchers and provide value to PEDSnet healthcare organizations by conducting research that is meaningful to patients, clinicians, caregivers, and/or health system leaders. The Program Aims are to:

  1. Community: Create a community of faculty who will progress to be leaders in their institutions and the nation in Learning Health System science and research for children;
  2. Research: Support scholars in the conduct of patient-centered outcomes research in the context of their local Learning Health System;
  3. Curriculum: Deliver a curriculum that builds core competencies in Learning Health System science; and,
  4. Mentorship: Provide research, health system, and life course mentorship.

Administrative Details

  • Program start date: July 2024
  • 2.25-year duration
Funding options:  

scholars funding

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals are eligible to apply if they:

Have a full-time faculty appointment at one of the following founding or onboarding PEDSnet ( institutions by July 2024: 

  • Boston Children’s Hospital; 
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado;  
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia;  
  • Children’s National Hospital; 
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center;  
  • Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago; 
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital;  
  • Nemours Children’s Health;  
  • Riley Children’s Health; 
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital; 
  • Stanford Children's Health; and 
  • Texas Children’s Hospital. 

Any candidate with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research is invited to work with their mentors and organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

Have earned a clinical (MD, DO, DDS, DMD, DPT, PharmD) or research (PhD, ScD, DrPH) doctoral degree.

Other Requirements

Applicants must have a “full-time” faculty appointment at their institution by July 2024. Instructor and scientist level positions are eligible. Candidates are required to commit a minimum of 50% protected effort (i.e., a minimum of 6 person-months) to their program of career development and project, for 2.25 years.

Before submitting the application, the candidate must identify two mentors at their local institution, a scientific mentor, and a health systems operations leader mentor.

Application Process

The governance for the application process begins with the PEDSnet Scholars Program Steering Committee member at each PEDSnet institution, who may nominate up to 3 individuals. All nominations may be considered for AHRQ-PCORI funded slots. The Scholars Program Steering Committee member from each PEDSnet institution will manage the potential local candidates, and the timeline for internal selection. It is estimated that the internal selection process would occur sometime between February- March 2024 to allow preparation of the final application due to the coordinating center by Thursday May 2, 2024 5pm applicant time zone.  

The PEDSnet Scholars Steering Committee will review all applications, and two committee members will interview each candidate via videoconference. Final selection will be based on the review process and other programmatic factors as determined by the PEDSnet Scholars Steering Committee.  


scholars timeline 2024

PEDSnet Scholar Institutional Leads

For questions about application requirements and site nominations, please reach out to your local contact:

scholars contacts

For general questions about PEDSnet Scholar program, please contact:

JeanHee Moon:

Elana DiCocco:


Application Materials and Resources

PEDSnet Scholars Application FAQs *UPDATED

PEDSnet Scholars Program Description and Syllabus 2022-2024 (Cohort 3)

PEDSnet Scholars Program (LHS E-STaR P30): Curriculum Content Areas

PEDSnet Scholars Program Description (July 2024)

PEDSnet Scholars: Application Instructions (July 2024)

PEDSnet Scholars Cover Page (template) v2*

Informational Webinar Recording

PEDSnet Variable Dictionary

*Please note the following clarification regarding program effort and funding. The funding mechanism for this second phase of the PEDSnet Scholars program is much more flexible than the K12 institutional award that we had for Phase 1. To that end, we can provide more flexibility to participants.

Time Commitment

Regardless of source of funding, all participants must commit to:

  • The full 2.25 years of the Scholar Curriculum and Mentoring Program (25% effort)
  • A minimum of 25% protected time for research (can be more)

Salary Support

As mentioned during the webinar, Scholars’ salaries can be supported by the P30 grant, Institutional funds, Foundation/Federal career awards (e.g., K awards), or a mix of any of these. A person could start with one source and transition to another, such as someone starting with the P30 grant and receiving a K award during the 2.25 years. In this case, their salary once the K award was received would be covered by the K, while other funds, previously used for salary support, could be repurposed for research related expenses.

We will post additional guidance (on the website application materials section) on how the LOS should specify the effort and salary commitment. If you have questions or concerns, please do reach out.