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Grants to USA Physician Scientists Affiliated
With Nonprofit IHEs for Clinical Health Research

Clinical Scientist Development Award

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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

LOI Date:

11/12/21

Deadline Date:

03/11/22 3:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA early-career physician scientists affiliated with nonprofit IHEs for clinical health research. Applicants are required to submit a pre-proposal prior to submitting a full application. The purpose of the program is to provide funding for exceptional individuals at the Assistant Professor rank with potential for clinical research careers. Projects should address highly significant human health related research questions and lead to career advancement.

The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award provides grants to junior physician scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers. The award offers research support and enable research time protection for early-career physician scientists.

 For this program, DDCF does not have funding priorities based on disease area or research type.

Physician scientists pursuing research careers face challenges that are particular to their dual roles as researchers and health care providers. The purpose of the Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award (CSDA) is to provide support to physician scientists at the Assistant Professor rank to:
  1. Conduct an outstanding clinical research project with high significance to improve human health,
  2. Enable research time protection to ease the tension between research and clinical responsibilities, and
  3. Facilitate development of strong mentorship relations in a supportive institutional environment. 

Ultimately, the CSDA program aims to enable physician scientists’ achievement of independent and successful research careers.

For a definition of Clinical Research, see p. 6 of the RFA listed in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193005

Number of Grants:

Approximately 17 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $495,000 each over 3 years

Term of Contract:

The award project period is July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2025.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants will be awarded to early-career physician scientists (MD, MD/PhD, DO or foreign equivalent degree) at the Assistant Professor rank working at US degree-granting institutions.

The CSDA is for individuals who have completed all clinical training (residency, fellowship, and any research years post-fellowship but prior to faculty) and are at the Assistant Professor rank. Please note: Instructors are no longer eligible for this award.

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, but do not have to be US citizens
- Work at a US academic institution that grants doctoral degrees and is able to receive an award as an organization with 501(c)(3) IRS status.
- Have a full-time faculty appointment at Assistant Professor rank. (Adjunct, affiliated, temporary, part-time, or acting faculty positions are not eligible.) Applicants that will become Associate Professor on or before the award start date of July 1, 2022 are not eligible.
- Have been appointed to their first post-training, full time Assistant Professor faculty position between Dec. 1, 2017, and Dec. 1, 2020. Exceptions to this requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis for individuals who do not meet this criterion because of delays due to COVID-19 or family or medical leave.
- Not have served as PI, or one of multiple PIs, of an extramural multi-year (term greater than 12 months) research grant, cooperative agreement, or contract with annual direct funding of $225,000 or higher with start date prior to and inclusive of July 1, 2022.
- Not have applied for a single or multiple-principal investigator NIH R)! research grant or equivalent as PI that has a start date prior to and inclusive of July 1, 2022.
- Not be in a graduate degree program at the time of the award.
- Be guaranteed a minimum overall research time protection of 75% of full-time professional effort by the institution where the applicant has an appointment in the event an award is made. Applicants in specialties requiring considerable effort to maintain clinical skills such as surgery are eligible to apply if a minimum effort commitment to research of 50% could be guaranteed.

For additional requirements, including mentorship, see p. 3 of the RFA listed in Supporting Documents below.

DDCF can award grants only to institutions that have letters from the US Internal Revenue Service documenting exemption from federal income taxation as an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), and that they are not a private foundation or a Type III supporting organization as defined in Section 509(a) of the Code. Please note that this requirement does not exclude participation of applicants at state universities, which may not have 501(c)(3) status. State university applicants are encouraged to apply through their grant-receiving arms.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation recognizes that a diverse workforce that represents the demographics of the population of the United States is better poised to address health issues affecting all communities. DDCF strongly encourages individuals from groups underrepresented in biomedical research to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Exemption request deadline: October 15, 2021, 5 pm ET (This must be done by online form; see p. 6 of the RFA.)
- Pre-proposal applications due: November 12, 2021, 3 pm ET
- Invitation to submit a full proposal: January 14, 2022
- Full proposal due: March 11, 2022, 3 pm ET
- Notice of Award: End of May 2022
- Award Start Date: July 1, 2022

Applying for this award is a two-stage process:
1. Stage 1, pre-proposal application. Interested candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will need to submit one pre-proposal application by November 12, 2021, at 3 pm ET.
2. Stage 2, full proposal application. Submission of full proposals will be by invitation only after review of pre-proposal applications. By January 14, 2022, about 50 applicants will be invited to submit a full application. Instructions on how to prepare the full application will be provided by email with the invitation to participate. Full applications will be due by March 11, 2022, at 3 pm ET. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the competition at the end of May 2022.

Applicants must request a designated mentor and the department chair each to complete a confidential online form in support for their application by 3:00 PM ET on November 12, 2021. The Mentorship Form will be submitted by a designated mentor and the Institutional Commitment Form will be submitted by the department chair. The mentor and the department chair will receive an email message requesting completion of the respective form, including instructions and a link to log into the portal for the relevant form. Applicants whose mentor or department chair does not provide the electronic confidential support form(s) by 3 PM ET on Nov. 12, 2021, will be removed from the competition without prior notice.

If necessary, Investigational New Drug approval must be in place by the application deadline date of March 11, 2022, 3:00 PM ET.

The grant awarded will be up to $495,000 each over 3 years ($150,000 direct cost and $15,000 indirect costs per year).

Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval must be in place by October 1, 2022.

FAQs: https://www.ddcf.org/funding-areas/medical-research/clinical-scientist-development-award/faqs/

Webinar recording: https://www.ddcf.org/news--insights/articles/2022-clinical-scientist-development-award-informational-webinar/?1=1&page=1

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit the Pre-Proposal online: https://ddcf-portal.givingdata.com/campaign/CSDA

For questions, please email Joanne Sullivan at ddcf@aibs.org with "2022 CSDA - applicant's last name" as the subject line. Questions will be answered within two business days. Please do not call.

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