Medical Research

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.

Additional information on how to apply for the 2018 CSDA awards will be available in late fall of 2017.

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 research careers.

This year, the Medical Research Program awarded 17 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 270 Clinical Scientist Development Awards totaling over $100 million.

Award Details 

The Clinical Scientist Development Award does not require institutional nomination.

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.

Pre-proposals are 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 consistent with the assistant professor rank.

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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Additional information on how to apply for the 2018 CSDA awards will be available in the late fall of 2017. To receive announcements about future competitions for this and other programs, subscribe to our listserv here.