Clinical Scientist Development Award

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Clinical Scientist Development Award


The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award provides grants to junior physician-scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers.

Rationale & History

The transition to an independent research career is often 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 Medical Research Program created the Clinical Scientist Development Award to provide mentored research funding to early-career physician scientist faculty to enable their transition to independence.

In 2015 the Medical Research Program awarded 18 grants  to investigators working in a broad range of areas, from schizophrenia to antibiotic resistance. 

Since the beginning of the program in 1998, the foundation has awarded 253 Clinical Scientist Development Awards totaling over $100 million.

Award Details

CSDA competitions are typically held every year. Three-year grants of $150,000 per year in direct costs and $12,000 per year in indirect costs are awarded to outstanding junior physician scientists working in any disease area.

New grants are not being offered at this time.
To be notified of future CSDA competitions, sign up for the Medical Research Program's mailing list.