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Medical Research

Clinical Scientist Development Award

Applicants advancing to the next stage of the 2022 Clinical Scientist Development Awards competition have been notified. Full proposals are due March 11, 2022 at 3 p.m. ET. Funding recommendations will be shared by the end of May 2022.

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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 than it is for other researchers, as these individuals must balance the demands of both seeing patients and conducting research. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Medical Research Program created the Clinical Scientist Development Award to provide mentored research funding and research time protection to early-career physician-scientist faculty to enable their transition to independent and successful research careers. In 2021, the Medical Research Program awarded 17 grants to investigators working in a broad range of disease areas.

Since the beginning of the program in 1998, the foundation has awarded 354 Clinical Scientist Development Awards totaling over $161 million.


Award Details

The Clinical Scientist Development Award consists of $150,000 annual direct costs plus $15,000 (10%) annual indirect costs for three years. The priority of the CSDA program is to fund outstanding individuals with potential for clinical research careers, substantial institutional commitments to mentorship and career development, and whose projects will address highly significant research questions and lead to career advancement. DDCF does not have funding priorities based on disease area or research type.

In keeping with the wishes expressed in Doris Duke's will, experiments that use animals or tissues derived from animals, including cell lines, will not be supported by this program.

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