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.
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 junior faculty
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.
Support for early career physician-scientists studying cancer
The Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award supports independent young physician-scientists conducting cancer research that demonstrates a high level of innovation and creativity.
Award: $600,000 over three years
Applications are due annually in early February.
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 junior faculty facing extra professional demands
The Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists Program (DDFRCS) at Washington University in St. Louis was developed to provide innovative institutional solutions to reduce faculty attrition by assisting junior faculty facing extraprofessional demands.
Letters of Intent are accepted on a rolling basis. Application deadlines are scheduled for April 1 and October 1.
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.