Grants of up to $110,000 each year ($100,000 direct cost and $10,000 indirect costs per year) for one or two years will be awarded to physician scientists (MD, MD/PhD, DO or foreign equivalent) in subspecialty training working at US degree granting institutions to support at least one year of clinical research that will strengthen their careers as biomedical investigators.
Applications due June 7, 2019, 3 p.m., ET. Notice of Award Late July 2019 Award Start Date September 1, 2019
Physician scientists lend vital expertise to biomedical research through their training as both clinicians and researchers. The purpose of the Physician Scientist Fellowship (PSF) program is to: 1) support physician scientists in subspecialty training to lead and conduct an outstanding clinical research project; 2) ensure research time protection to enable development of research skills; and 3) facilitate strong mentorship relations. The PSF award aims to support research during final years of subspecialty fellowship and aid in the transition into a research faculty appointment.
The 2019 Physician Scientist Fellowship consists of $100,000 direct costs plus $10,000 (10 percent) indirect costs each year for one to two years, depending on the need of the applicant. The award project period will begin on September 1, 2019. DDCF expects to fund between four and eight proposals in 2019. The priority of the PSF award is to fund candidates with passion for conducting clinical research. DDCF does not have funding priorities based on disease area or research type.
We strongly encourage applications from women and those from groups that are underrepresented in medicine, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians. To be eligible for this award, applicants must: • Be a subspecialty fellow
• Have completed the majority of the clinical training portion of fellowship by the award start date, September 1, 2019 and must spend 20 percent or less effort on clinical work 2 during the term of the grant. Successful candidates will most likely have also completed some research and can use this award to extend their research for one to two years. Assistant professors are not eligible to apply for the funding opportunity. Please refer to our Clinical Scientist Development Award for more details on our award for assistant professors.
• Dedicate at least 50 percent effort to the PSF project
• Not be in a graduate degree program at the time of the award. All education and training towards advanced degrees must be completed by the award start date, September 1, 2019, including residency.
• Be guaranteed a minimum overall research time protection of 80 percent of full-time professional effort by the applicant’s institution if an award is made. This protection ensures that the applicant develops skills and knowledge necessary for a career in biomedical research.
• 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 full-time at a US academic institution that grants doctoral degrees and is able to receive an award as an organization with 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Service status. Please see the information on page 3 and consult with your institutional grants office. Other requirements
• A clinical research project, as defined by DDCF, must be proposed in any disease area. A definition of clinical research can be found on page 4. The clinical research question should have strong potential to impact the field.
• A mentor must be designated, or mentorship team assembled, and the role of the mentor(s) must be described. Mentors are expected to play an active role during the course of the award in fostering the applicant’s career development as a physician scientist. Mentors are expected to act as advocates for the applicant at the departmental, institutional and professional levels and provide scientific guidance for the proposed project.
• Experiments that utilize non-human animals or primary tissues derived from them should not be included in the proposed research. In keeping with Doris Duke’s wishes as expressed in her will, these types of experiments will not be supported. Animal-based research may be presented as preliminary evidence supporting the proposed research but the aims themselves may not include research with non-human animals.
• If applicable, Investigational New Drug Approvals must be in place by the deadline for submission of a full proposal. See page 4.
• Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals are not necessary at the time of application. However DDCF strongly prefers IRB approvals to be in place by the grant start date, September 1, 2019. IRB approval must be in place by December 1, 2019. See page 4. Other funding
• Applicants are allowed to hold a National Institutes of Health (NIH) T or F series award 3 or other training award at the same time as the PSF grant as long as they can dedicate 50 percent effort to the PSF project. They cannot have an NIH K or R series award, or equivalent.
• Applicants must not propose research aims or budget expenses that directly overlap with another funded project. Application for support of PSF research aims that simply extend those of other grants is discouraged. Eligibility of Institutions
• DDCF can award grants only to institutions that have determination 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 (e.g. applicants from the University of Texas may apply through the University of Texas Foundation). DDCF encourages applicants to seek guidance from their institutions to identify the appropriate institutional entity through which they can apply. DDCF is unable to provide information on the tax ID that applicants must use to gain access to the application site.
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