Research Funding

Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Fellowships

Clinical Fellowships

Application Deadline for 1st & 2nd Yr Fellowships:  First Wednesday of October
Application Deadline for 3rd & 4th: First Wednesday of September
Application Deadline for 5th Yr Fellowships: First Wednesday of September

The intent of this award is to encourage specialized training early in a physician’s career and to prepare candidates for careers in academic medicine. Training must take place in a CF Foundation-accredited care center and must encompass diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, comprehensive care and CF-related research. Applicants must be eligible for Board certification in pediatrics or internal medicine by the time the fellowship begins.

Awards are $47,600 (first year) and $49,250 (second year) for stipend.  Also, fellowships are available for additional basic and/or clinical research training in the third, fourth, and fifth years to qualified applicants. Recipients are expected to be subspecialty Board eligible at the completion of the program.

Applicants and sponsors must submit a proposal of the research studies to be undertaken and other specialized training that will be offered during this third year. Up to $68,250 may be awarded: $58,250 for stipend and $10,000 for research costs (indirect costs not allowed).

Recipients who do not enter a career of academic medicine will be subject to payback provisions. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required.

Please review the appropriate Policies and Guidelines for complete submission information: 1st Year, 2nd Year, 3rd year, 4th year, or 5th year.

Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) for Fellows

Deadline:  December 5, 2014; March 6, 2015; and June 5, 2015

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is launching a new GRFP opportunity for Fellows called the Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP).

The GRIP funding is similar to Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) in that selected Fellows are provided a $5,000 allowance to conduct research with a new research partner.  Fellows selected for GRIP will conduct mission-related research at federal facilities through internships with Federal Agencies. The Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 14-084) announcing the initiative and outlining the funding and application process can be found here.   Additional information can be found on the GRIP website.

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Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award

Deadline: December 1, 2014

Physician-scientists who are both clinically trained and expert researchers are essential to the successful translation of scientific discovery into more effective patient therapies. They have the unique capacity to blend their insights from treating patients and working in the laboratory in a way that enables and accelerates medical advances. However, the pipeline of physician-scientists is dwindling. The decline in this vital cadre of cancer researchers is occurring at a time when cancer research holds the greatest promise of improving survival and quality of life among cancer patients. A growing shortage of physician-scientists means that major laboratory research discoveries will progress to patient application ever more slowly. If the shortage continues unabated, some may not reach patient application at all, thus presenting a crisis in cancer.

In an effort to confront the crisis arising from a growing dearth of physician-scientists, Damon Runyon wishes to encourage more physicians to pursue research careers. To do so, the Foundation is establishing a pilot program designed to recruit outstanding U.S. Specialty Board-eligible physicians (MDs only) into cancer research careers by providing them with the opportunity for a protected research training experience under the mentorship of a highly qualified and gifted mentor after they have completed all of their clinical training.

The goals of the program are to: • transform these individuals into the highest quality physician-scientists, capable of conducting research that has the potential to transform the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of cancer • eliminate the financial disincentive to entering this career path.

The award will provide up to $460,000 over four years in financial support for the award recipient. In addition, the Foundation will retire up to $100,000 of any outstanding medical school debt owed.

The 2015 application deadline is Monday, December 1, 2014. Detailed information about the award, eligibility criteria, application guidelines and forms are available on the Foundation’s website, If you have any questions, please call the Foundation at 212-455-0520