Medical Research

Clinical Scientist Development Award

* To applicants participating in the 2020 CSDA competition: The timeline for the ongoing competition remains unchanged at this time. All applicants will be notified about the status of their applications by the end of this May. The Medical Research Program is committed to supporting new grants for this 2020 competition. We are hopeful that clinical research projects will resume by the start date of the new awards, which is July 1, 2020, but will adjust timelines as necessary if they have not. 


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. 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 2019, the Medical Research Program awarded 16 grants to investigators working in a broad range of disease areas.
Since the beginning of the program in 1998, the foundation has awarded 320 Clinical Scientist Development Awards totaling over $144 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 tissues derived from animals, including cell lines, will not be supported by this program.

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