Medical Research

Clinical Scientist Development Award

The 2019 CSDA competition is now open and accepting pre-proposals. See the Request for Applications document for information on how to apply. The deadline to submit pre-proposals is November 28, 2018 at 3 p.m. ET.

If you have questions, please consult our online Frequently Asked Questions or email Joanne Sullivan at ddcf@aibs.org with “2019 CSDA - [your last name]” as the subject line. Questions will be answered within two business days. No phone calls, please. Calling may delay your question from reaching the appropriate contact. We can more efficiently address your questions over email.

Purpose

The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award provides grants to early-career 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. DDCF's 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 independent and successful research careers.

In 2018, the Medical Research Program awarded 18 grants to investigators working in a broad range of disease areas.

Since the beginning of the program in 1998, the foundation has awarded 304 Clinical Scientist Development Awards totaling over $136 million.

Award Details 

The Clinical Scientist Development Award consists of $150,000 annual direct costs plus $15,000 (10 percent) annual indirect costs for three years. The priority of the CSDA program is to fund outstanding individuals with potential for clinical research careers, 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 primary tissues derived from animals will not be supported by this program.

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