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Clinical Scientist Development Awards



The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Awards provide 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. The Doris Duke Foundation's Medical Research Program created the Clinical Scientist Development Awards to provide mentored research funding and research time protection to early-career physician-scientist faculty to enable their transition to independent and successful research careers. In 2023, we awarded 21 scientists with a combined $7.92 million in funding that will provide mentored research funding and time protection to advance clinically significant research.

Since the beginning of the program in 1998, the foundation has awarded 371 Clinical Scientist Development Awards totaling over $169 million.


Award Details

The Clinical Scientist Development Awards consist of $150,000 annual direct costs plus $15,000 (10%) annual indirect costs for three years. The priority of the Clinical Scientist Development Awards program is to fund outstanding individuals with potential for clinical research careers, substantial institutional commitments to mentorship and career development, and whose projects will address highly significant research questions and lead to career advancement. The Doris Duke Foundation 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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A 2024 Clinical Scientist Development Competition is not being offered. Read more about the ongoing evolution of our support for clinical research