Division of Physician-Scientists Programs

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.

Articles and Books

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

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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.

Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award

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.

Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award

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.

Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award

The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award provides grants to junior physician scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers.

Award: $450,000 over three years

Pre-proposals due annually in November.

Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists

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.

ICTS NIH Mock Study Section

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.

Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences

Whether you’re a junior investigator or well established, ICTS membership can make an impact on your research and career. The ICTS facilitates team science by providing access to collaboration opportunities among our members at Washington University and our regional partner institutions.

NIH Grants

A central site for NIH grants

Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations

The corporate and foundation relations office works with faculty to develop compelling proposals to companies and foundations.

WUSTL Grants Library

A library of successful grant applications from WUSTL investigators

A library of successful grant applications from WUSTL investigators