Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Invites Proposals for 2021 Clinical Scientist Development Award

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has issued a request for applications for its 2021 Clinical Scientist Development Award.

Through the program, up to eighteen grants of up to $495,000 over three years ($150,000 direct cost and $15,000 indirect costs per year) will be awarded to early-career physician scientists (MD, MD/PhD, DO, or foreign equivalent degree) in support of major clinical research that advances their transition to independent research funding.

The award is intended to enable physician-scientists at the assistant professor rank to 1) conduct an outstanding clinical research project; 2) enable research time protection to ease the tension between research and clinical responsibilities; and 3) facilitate development of strong mentorship relations. New this year instructors at any qualifying institution are eligible to apply, as are physician-scientists at the assistant professor level.

DDCF strongly encourages applications from groups that are underrepresented in medicine such as Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, women, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals, and/or who have overcome limitations in access to science afforded by privilege (e.g., coming from an environment with limited access to the knowledge, skills, and ability required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school; or coming from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census).

To be eligible, applicants must have received an MD, DO, or foreign equivalent degree from an accredited institution; have a valid, active US medical license at the time of application, (applicants need not be a U.S. citizen); work at an academic institution in the U.S. that grants doctoral degrees; and be able to receive an award through an organization with 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Service status.

Pre-proposals are due November 13. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by March 12, 2021.

See the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.