Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists at Duke [Duke Internal Funding]

Funding Agency:
Duke University

Junior faculty members often face the challenge of working to establish academic careers while simultaneously managing significant care-giving responsibilities. These competing demands make it challenging to succeed in an increasingly competitive grant funding environment, and indeed can be an obstacle to retaining physician scientists at research-intensive academic institutions. To support junior faculty at this critical tipping point in their careers, the Office for Faculty and Office for Physician Scientists Development are pleased to offer the Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists at Duke. Supported by an award from the American Heart Association, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Dean Mary Klotman, the Fund provides supplements of up to $30,000-$50,000 per year to physician-scientists with significant care-giving responsibilities. Exact award amounts will be dependent upon the availability of funds in a given year.

Deadline:  Apr. 8, 2022; Oct. 14, 2022

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Supplemental funds are available to physician-scientists, regardless of gender, who:

  • Demonstrate a compelling need for the supplement that is related to being a caregiver, with care-giving challenges were caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically, this would be childcare, partner care, and/or eldercare.
  • Are regular rank faculty members at the Medical Instructor or Assistant Professor level. Associate Professors are eligible only if they have been at the position for one year or less. Applicants must be full-time faculty members with a primary faculty appointment in a School of Medicine department.
  • Hold an MD or DO degree and an active US medical license
  • Have a career development award or research project grant with annual direct costs sufficient to provide both research and salary support. The FRCS awards are intended to supplement research projects; eligible faculty members must have active support for their research projects.
  • Have at least 50% protected time for research
  • Show evidence of strong research training and productivity
  • Are conducting an original and rigorous research project (*see definition below) that has the potential to address a health issue that poses a significant clinical burden (with considerable morbidity and mortality, whether it is a rare or common condition).



Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

October 14, 2022