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LHS Scholars

The LHS Scholar Program pairs rehabilitation researchers with health system stakeholders to establish meaningful partnerships and prepare for research on a priority topic identified by the health system. Such preparatory work may include learning about the health system, current processes for rehabilitation care, and the data infrastructure available to support LHS research. LeaRRn faculty mentor these partnerships, helping the scholar and health system formulate a plan to engage in LHS research. When the year-long scholarship phase ends, the scholar and health system will be well-positioned to advance the work, for example by seeking pilot study funding through LeaRRn or other mechanisms.


The LHS Scholar program is led by Janet Freburger, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Professor Department of Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, and Rosa Baier, MPH, Associate Director, Center for Long-Term Care Quality & Innovation, Brown University School of Public Health.

Health Systems Partners

Our health system partners offer diverse environments and opportunities for LHS Scholars across the rehabilitation care continuum (from prevention to acute care to post-acute care to outpatient and community-based care), the lifespan (from pediatric to geriatric populations) and diagnoses/conditions of individuals in need of rehabilitation.

LeaRRn Faculty

LeaRRn has identified a strong, interdisciplinary group of mentors with depth and experience across the LHS research competencies.

Funding and Time Frame

LHS scholars receive $10,000 to conduct the preparatory work needed to develop a research question and funding proposal. Funds can be spent over a 12-month period and support travel to the healthcare system, stakeholder engagement activities, preliminary data extraction and analysis, systematic literature review, didactic activities for the Scholar’s skills development, and salary support if necessary. The scholar’s home institution is expected to provide most of their salary support during this time.

Applicant Requirements

The LHS Scholar program is open to rehabilitation researchers with doctoral level or equivalent  training who are at any stage of their career.

Request for Application

Request for applications (RFAs) for LHS scholars will be posted annually in January. RFAs will target high-priority topics (current list coming soon) specified by LHS innovation Hub partners.

Application Process

The LHS application process occurs in two steps. First, we solicit letters of interest (LOIs) specific to high-priority topics and then we invite selected applicants to submit full applications.

Letters of Intent:  TBD

Applicants should submit a 1-2 page LOI that includes their overall objective and goals, potential mentors, and NIH Biosketch. 

LOIs will be reviewed based on: 

  1. alignment of research interests with health system partner priorities
  2. promise and potential of the candidate for future LHS research
  3. the availability of a faculty mentor
  4. health system partner agreement to proceed

Full Application: Due date to be determined

Invited applicants will meet with their identified faculty mentor and health system partner to develop their LHS Scholar plan and submit a three-page application that includes their goals for rehabilitation-related LHS research, the preparatory work they are proposing for the one-year time frame, how that preparatory work will position them to proceed with their LHS research, their NIH Biosketch,  and letters of support from both their mentor and their health system partner. Mentors whose Scholars are selected for funding will get a flat-rate honorarium.

Applications will be reviewed based on: 

  1. alignment of research interests with the health system partner priorities
  2. feasibility of the preparatory work and its alignment with the health system’s and scholar’s longer-term goals
  3. presence of a well-articulated plan for the year-long opportunity
  4. availability of LeaRRn mentorship and training resources to address any gaps in the scholar’s knowledge or research plan
  5. likelihood of the scholar’s experience resulting in a fundable proposal 
  6. confirmed commitment of both the identified mentor and health system

Notification of award:  TBD

Successful applicants will need to secure IRB approvals and negotiate subcontract requirements before funding begins.