Research Funding

Clinical Scientist Development Award

Deadline for Pre-Proposals: October 29, 2012

A program of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award provides grants to junior physician-scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers.

The transition to an independent research career often is more difficult for physician-scientists conducting clinical research than it is for other researchers, as these individuals must balance both the demands of seeing patients with those of conducting research. The Clinical Scientist Development Award is designed to provide mentored research funding to early career physician-scientist faculty to enable their transition to independence.

In 2012, the Medical Research Program awarded sixteen grants to investigators researching a variety of topics, including the effects of sugar on the brain’s reward pathways; the genetic mutations responsible for Cornelia de Lange syndrome, a rare disease that results in cognitive delays and growth retardation in children; and how sleep duration affects weight gain in low-income women after giving birth.

Pre-proposals are being sought from junior physician scientist faculty conducting clinical research in any disease area. It is recommended that applicants have significant research experience and strong publication records. Experiments that use animals or primary tissues derived from animals will not be supported by this program. (Please note: the award will not require institutional nomination in 2013.)

Applicants must hold an M.D. or foreign equivalent, or a D.O. degree from an accredited institution; have a valid United States medical license; be working at a U.S. degree-granting institution; have a full-time faculty position not higher than the assistant professor level; have been appointed to their first full-time faculty position between January 1, 2008, and January 1, 2013; not be the principal investigator of a multiyear grant with annual direct funding in the amount of $225,000 or higher with start date prior to and inclusive of July 1, 2013; not be the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health R01 research grant or equivalent that has a start date prior to and inclusive of July 1, 2013; and be guaranteed a minimum overall research time protection of 75 percent of full-time professional effort by the institution where the applicant has an appointment.

The 2013 award consists of $150,000 for direct costs plus $12,000 (8 percent) for indirect costs, per year, for three years.

The complete Request for Applications, eligibility questionnaire, and online pre-proposal form are available at the DDCF Web site.

Link to Complete RFP

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