DDCF Clinical Scientist Development Award – internal coordination deadline 10/28/10

The College of Medicine may nominate two candidates for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) 2011 Clinical Scientist Development Award (CSDA).  The purpose of the CSDA Program is to provide support for mentored research to junior physician-scientists working in any disease area as they begin their careers as independent clinical researchers. For the purposes of this award program, clinical research is defined as research conducted with human subjects with direct application to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, or cure of any human disease. Note:  Experiments that utilize animals or primary tissues derived from animals will not be supported by this program.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a physician-scientist conducting clinical research in any disease area;
  • Have received an M.D. or a foreign equivalent from an accredited institution;
  • Be working in a U.S. degree-granting institution, but do not have to be a U.S. citizen;
  • Have a full-time faculty level position not higher than the Assistant Professor level; and
  • Have been appointed to their first full-time faculty level position between January 1, 2006 and January 1, 2011.
  • Should an award be made, the institution must agree to provide the grantee with a minimum of 75% of full-time professional effort to conduct research

An award will not be made if, prior to the commencement of this award, the applicant has been or becomes the principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health, peer-reviewed, R01 research grant and/or the principal investigator on a research project that is part of a P01 program project or a P50 center grant.  Applicants are allowed to hold a National Institutes of Health K series award or other career development award at the same time as the CSDA grant. However, applicants must propose distinct and different research aims in their CSDA application and there should be no scientific or budgetary overlap.

To be competitive, it is recommended that nominees have significant research experience and strong publication records.  DDCF strongly encourages the nomination of women and under-represented minorities in medicine. 

The foundation plans to award up to 12 three-year grants in 2011 of $150,000 per year in direct costs and $12,000 per year in indirect costs.

Please review the RFP and guidelines at http://www.ddcf.org/. Applicants should submit the following to Karen Pastos (pastos@ufl.edu) by Thursday, October 28th:

  • proposal title and abstract
  • updated biosketch
  • supporting letter from the department chair (should include the commitment to 75% research)

The COM nominees will be selected via internal review and submitted to DDCF by November 17th.  Nominated applicants will then be invited by DDCF to electronically submit a full proposal online by December 21, 2010. Awards will commence July 1, 2011.