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Grant Opportunities

We are committed to providing excellent opportunities for our trainees and to keeping them informed about funding for clinical and translational research. Below is a list of resources that might be of interest.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs
  • Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers (LRP-CR) (NOT-OD-17-077) National Institutes of Health
  • Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Pediatric Research (LRP-PR) (NOT-OD-17-078) National Institutes of Health
  • Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Contraception and Infertility Research (LRP-CIR) (NOT-OD-17-079) National Institutes of Health
  • Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research (LRP-HDR) (NOT-OD-17-080) National Institutes of Health
  • Extramural Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (LRP-IDB) (NOT-OD-17-081) National Institutes of Health

Recently Expired and Recurring Grant Opportunities

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Awards for Medical Scientists

This program supports physician-scientists as they transition from advanced postdoctoral and fellowship training into their early years of faculty service. Awards of $700,000 are provided over five years during researchers’ last years of a mentored position and the beginning of their independent research. Candidates must hold a MD, DDS, DVM, or DO degree, have at least two years of postdoctoral research experience, and must not be beyond 12 years since receiving their most recently earned clinical degree, among other qualifications.

The Beckman Young Investigator Program

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the life sciences. Projects are normally funded for a period of four years, and grants are in the range of $600,000 over the term of the project. The program encourages truly innovative and high-risk proposals that represent a departure from current research directions and that cut across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines.

Donaghue Foundation Offering Funding for Research on Improving the Health of the Elderly

The Donaghue Foundation is offering up to two years of funding for projects intended to improve the health of the elderly population in nursing homes or other care facilities. Projects must analyze existing data, and should ideally be focused on one of the following topics: substance abuse or mental health, healthcare decisions made by guardians, or oral health.

Click here for more information about the particular topics of interest, and for submission instructions. Letters of intent are due by March 27, 2017.

Mentoring & Networking Fellowship from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare

Those interested in developing a career in health communication research or education may now apply to the new Putnam Scholars Program (PSP), from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH). PSP is a 2-year fellowship providing mentorship, networking opportunities, and professional development to early career faculty, trainees, or advanced post-doctoral fellows (fellows and mentors must both be AACH members). Click here for more information about the program, including expectations of fellows, program structure, and instructions for applying. (Deadline is April 1, 2017.)

Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Now Accepting Applications

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to historically disadvantaged physicians, dentists and nurses, is accepting applications until March 15, 2017 at 3 p.m. ET. The program, previously known as the Minority Medical Faculty Development Program, is committed to helping physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically disadvantaged backgrounds advance their careers in academic medicine and in turn mentor and guide subsequent future generations from similar backgrounds.

Apply for one of the 10 competitive awards through The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation web portal (registration required). For more information and eligibility criteria, click here.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

The Ford Foundation has issued solicitations for its three fellowship programs: the Dissertation Program, which provides $25,000 in support of the “final year of writing and defense of the dissertation” (application due November 10); the Predoctoral Program, which provides $24,000 in support of doctoral studies (application due November 17); and the Postdoctoral Program, which provides $45,000 for one year of postdoctoral studies (application due November 10).

Life sciences fields are eligible, except for practice-oriented fields such as medicine, nursing, and physical therapy. See the full announcement for more information on eligibility. Applicants must demonstrate superior academic performance, be committed to careers in teaching and research at the university level, and be from an ethnic group underrepresented in American professoriate, including Alaska natives, black/African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian), and Puerto Ricans, among other qualifications.

Click here to view more information on the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs), which repay up to $35,000/year (for two years) of a researcher's qualified educational debt in exchange for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. The program represents an important investment by NIH in the future of health discovery and medical research, and aims to help relieve some of the financial burden for scientists and researchers pursuing advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties. Details of the program and the application process are available at (the application deadline is November 15).

Doris Duke 2017 Clinical Scientist Development Awards Available

The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award provides grants to early-career physician-scientists at the assistant professor rank. The award annually provides $150,000 for direct costs plus $15,000 for indirect costs for three years. Pre-proposals will be due at 3 p.m. EDT on November 29.

Junior physician-scientist faculty conducting clinical research in any disease area may submit pre-proposals. Applicants should have significant research experience and strong publication records consistent with the assistant professor rank. In keeping with Doris Duke’s will, experiments that use animals or primary tissues derived from animals will not be supported.

Click here to download a PDF of the announcement.