Clinical Research Informatics Postdoctoral (CRISP) Fellowship

The Clinical Research Informatics Postdoctoral (CRISP) Fellowship provides tailored training for clinician investigators who seek to improve healthcare through the science of clinical research informatics. It is funded by a training grant (TL1-TR001871) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), in conjunction wiht the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Fellows will receive a stipend commensurate with their PGY/postdoctoral fellow status plus tuition assistance for didactic training. Applicant departments will be responsible for covering approximately 25% of the total fellowship costs (see "Frequently asked questions" at the bottom of this page). 

The CRISP application for 2023-2024 will be available in December 2022.

What is clinical research informatics?

Clinical Research Informatics, one of the five informatics specialties defined by the American Medical Informatics Society, involves using data science methods, analytics, and clinical practice observation to generate and disseminate knowledge related to health and healthcare delivery.

Careers in clinical research informatics may involve:

  • Diagram, venn diagramDescription automatically generatedSelection, implementation, development, and maintenance of a technology ecosystem to support clinical research activities and regulatory needs
  • Optimization of electronic health record (EHR) systems and data to support research administration, participant recruitment and consenting, data capture, intervention implementation and other activities supporting clinical research execution
  • Management and workflow of EHR data repositories, registries, marts, and warehouses, along with simplifying the process of leveraging these standardized repositories via reporting and analytics
  • Use of implementation science methods and translation of research into evidence-based practice


CRISP fellows will receive in-depth training in clinical research informatics and data science through coursework in the Training in Clinical Research (TICR) program.

  1. Conduct a mentored research project.
  2. Attend weekly didactic sessions with UCSF (ACGME) Clinical Informatics Fellows.
  3. Participate in wekly work-in-progress sessions with the UCSF Quality and Informatics Lab.
  4. Attend monthly Fellows Advancement Skills Training in Clinical Research (FAST-CaR) career development sessions.
  5. Complete coursework: CRISP fellows who have not already received formal training in these areas will be encouraged to take additional courses [PDF].


The CRISP program will be most effective for current postdoctoral fellows who have identified a project associated with an area of healthcare needing improvement. However, residents and faculty are welcome to appy. Applicants with backgrounds that are underrepresented in Medicine and candidates from the Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Dentistry are especially encouraged to apply. All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Doctoral degree in a healthcare profession
  • Clinical license in a healthcare profession (allopathic or osteopathic medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, psychology, physical therapy, acupuncture, podiatry)
  • Fewer than three years of prior funding through (institutional or individual) NRSA training grants

Application instructions


Applications Due:             February 15, 2023
Offers Extended:              April 14, 2023

Fellowship Begins:           July 1, 2023

The application link will be posted in early December 2022.

Selection criteria

Up to 3 full-time postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded. Selection criteria will focus on the strengths and potential of the candidate to become a productive clinical investigator as evaluated across five domains:

  1. Track Record: Creativity of the candidate and potential to conduct innovative research based on prior training, areas of expertise, demonstrated interests, publications, grants, and collaborations.
  2. Research Plan: Scientific strength, potential clinical importance, and feasibility of the proposed research plan.
  3. Training Plan: Strength, appropriateness, and commitment of mentor(s) to the proposed project, didactic training, and coursework.
  4. Resources: Tangible resources provided by the mentor (e.g., data analytic support, pre- and post-award grant assistance, travel funds, course fees).
  5. Career Potential: Assessment of the likelihood that the candidate will develop a career as an outstanding investigator whose work will have an important impact on health or healthcare.

Meet the current CRISP fellows

This PDF features short bios of our three current fellows.

Program director

CRISP is led by Mary Whooley, MD, UCSF Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Biostatistics ([email protected]). Administrative questions can be addressed to Christian Leiva ([email protected]).

Frequently asked questions

Consult this PDF