Dean’s Scholars Program: The Dean’s Scholars program provides two years of salary support to enable exceptional physician-scientists to generate preliminary data and publications to support their applications for career development awards such as K08s.
CAPSiT series: The Community of Academic Physician-Scientists in Training (CAPSiT) is a series of seminars and workshops to bring together physician-scientist trainees and support their development.
TIPS: The Interesting Patient Study (TIPS) gives clinical trainees the opportunity to study their interesting patients using genomic tools and local expertise.
Anesthesiology Academic Scholars Advancement Program (ASAP) is an ACGME approved program that provides core anesthesiology training, a clinical fellowship (in the subspecialty of choice), and 18 months of protected research fellowship training in an individualized 5-year continuum of training.
Making the Right Moves: This book, co-authored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, is freely available as a PDF and is an excellent resource for those planning to start a research lab.
Other resources and funding opportunities for fellows
Career Awards for Medical Scientists
The Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) is a highly competitive program that provides $700,000 awards over five years for physician-scientists who are committed to an academic career, to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.
Applications due annually in the fall.
Cancer post-doctoral fellowship
The post-doctoral fellowship program, and it’s pediatric equivalent, support recently graduated MDs, MD/PhDs, and PhDs performing cancer research.
Applications are accepted twice per year (once for the pediatric program).
Support for MD-only physician-scientists
Physician-scientist applicants (MDs and DOs only) must have completed their residencies and clinical training, be U.S. Specialty Board eligible prior to the award start date, and be able to devote at least 80% of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-supported cancer research. MD/PhDs are not eligible to apply.
Award: $460,000 over four years
Applications due annually in December.
support for physician-scientist fellows
The Doris Duke Physician Scientist Fellowship program provides grants to physician scientists at the subspecialty fellowship level who are seeking to conduct additional years of research beyond their subspecialty requirement.
Award: $200,000 over two years
Applications due annually in January.
The Medically Trained Scientists Program welcomes applications from individuals who have trained in medicine and are committed to academic careers in basic, fundamental biomedical research.
The award supports the fellow for up to eight years, including a mentored and independent phase.
NOTE: The 2020 competition was suspended due to COVID-19, but HHMI anticipates offering this program again in future years.
Improving K, R, and F series grant submissions since 2014
The ICTS hosts NIH Mock Study Sections, designed to simulate an actual NIH study section, through the Research Development Program twice per year. The purpose of this program is to increase the likelihood of grant funding success by providing comprehensive, study section-like feedback to applicants on their complete grant application prior to grant submission.