September 18, 2020 by


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 Instructor or 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.


Approximately 12-18 grants of up to $495,000 each over 3 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) at the Instructor or Assistant Professor rank working at US degree-granting institutions to support clinical research that will enable their transition to independent research funding.

Key Dates:

Pre-proposal applications due November 13, 2020, 3 pm ET

Invitation to submit a full proposal By 5 pm ET on January 15, 2021

Full proposal due March 12, 2021, 3 pm ET

Notice of Award End of May 2021 Award Start Date July 1, 2021

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