DDCF Awards $5.4 Million to Retain Early-Career Clinical Scientists

The New York City-based Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced grants totaling $5.4 million to establish funds at ten medical schools in support of efforts to retain early-career clinical scientists.

Awarded through the foundation's new Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists program, each school will receive $540,000 over five years to provide stronger institutional support for early-career physician scientists. Schools receiving grants will use them to award flexible funds to faculty members that complement and sustain their productivity on clinical research projects, providing physician scientists with the extra personnel, services, and/or supplies they may need to continue their work while managing outside care-giving responsibilities. The foundation anticipates the program will provide career-building support to approximately one hundred physician scientists over five years.

Recipients of the grants include Duke University; Johns Hopkins University; NYU Langone Medical Center; the University of California, San Francisco; the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Vanderbilt University; Washington University in St. Louis; and Yale University.

"As a foundation committed to fostering the careers of physician scientists in academic medicine, we sought a way to retain promising early-career faculty during times they are most challenged by caregiving demands," said Betsy Myers, the foundation's program director for medical research. "We look forward to partnering with the ten awardee institutions on this crucial effort and hope that their work inspires the academic community to adopt similar models for their own faculty."