Applicant Information

The NAM, CMSS, and the Moore Foundation are strongly committed to building a diverse workforce and leadership in diagnostic excellence.  To ensure that the scholars reflect a diverse representation needed to support these goals, the program specifically encourages applications from underrepresented groups in medicine.  Strong preference will be given to candidates whose proposed program objectives address specific recommendations of the 2015 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) consensus report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, when applicable.


January 2025
Call for Applications Opens
Early March 2025
Applications Due
Late March 2025
Finalists Notification
April 2025
Finalists’ Video Submissions Due
May 2025
Scholars Notification
June 2025
Scholars’ Orientation in DC
October 2025
NAM Annual Meeting in DC



The program seeks exceptional mid-career individuals who:

  • Have earned a doctoral degree* in a relevant discipline and completed all post-graduate training
  • Have confirmation from academic department, health system, or equivalent that they have— and can dedicate— sufficient time to participate in the NAM Scholars’ program activities and complete their proposed program in the allotted time

* M.D., D.O., Ph.D., D.N.P., Dr.P.H., etc.

Selection Criteria

Scholars will be selected by an NAM-appointed advisory committee through a national competition on basis of:

  • Record of relevant professional accomplishments and demonstrated leadership in the applicant’s field
  • Potential to advance diagnostic excellence, including diagnostic safety, quality, and equity, and make significant contributions at the national level to reduce diagnostic errors that lead to patient harm
  • The quality and feasibility of the applicant’s program proposal
  • A concise plan for evaluation, dissemination, and implementation of the applicant’s proposed program where applicable (e.g., institution, care setting, professional society) during the one-year program and beyond

Strong preference will be given to candidates whose proposed program objectives address specific recommendations of the report mentioned above, when applicable.

Application Materials

A complete application packet must be submitted electronically through the online application system at and will include the following documents:

  • Applicant form
  • A biosketch (no more than 5 pages) - template is provided in the online application system
  • A letter from the applicant’s institution or specialty/professional society describing the assistance for implementation and/or dissemination of the applicant’s proposal they intend to provide
  • At least one (1) letter of recommendation from individual(s) who can attest to the applicant’s professional achievements, demonstrated leadership and scholarship, contributions to their specialty/discipline, and potential for leadership in diagnostic excellence or to drive diagnostic excellence
  • A concise program proposal intended to improve clinical diagnosis (no more than 3 pages - guidelines are provided in the online application system), which includes:
    • A one- to two-paragraph proposal summary within the 3-page limit
    • Background; proposed solution/implementation; objectives; proposed activities; proposed outcomes; evaluation, dissemination, and implementation plan; and specific reference to how it relates to or forwards a National Academies recommendation for improving diagnosis, as noted above, when applicable

While the proposal may be part of a larger effort, the applicant’s proposed program must have a deliverable that is achievable within the time frame and financial resources of the program.

Individuals are welcome to apply to more than one Moore Foundation-funded program under their Diagnostic Excellence Initiative in the same application cycle based on the eligibility criteria.  Please note, however, that individuals can only participate in and receive support from a single Moore Foundation-funded program at any given time.  To learn more about the other Moore Foundation-funded programs, visit the Moore Foundation website.