Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 10/25/2023

Scholar Award

The mission of the Foundation is to support early stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease.

The funds are designed to provide tenure track faculty members (5th-8th year of appointment) at American Institutions who hold M.D. and/or Ph.D. degrees start-up support to move the project forward to the point where R01 or other independent funding can be obtained.


The Foundation has very broad interest in "advancing knowledge in the various fields of medical and health research." Applications can therefore come from any department in the Medical School. Mallinckrodt is most interested in basic research with upstream potential for impacting disease.

Duke may nominate 2 candidates.

Potential applicants should consult with Steve Murray, Foundation Relations (stephen.murray@duke.edu) before applying.


  • Duke Internal Deadline:   TBA
  • Scholar Awards Deadline:   January 15, 2024
Eligibility Requirements
  • The funds are designed to provide faculty members who hold M.D. and/or Ph.D. degrees, and are in their fifth to eighth year of a tenure-track position, with support to move the project forward to the point where other independent funding can be obtained.  Candidates may have an R01.

  • The foundation will permit collaborative proposals (i.e., co-PIs [faculty] are permitted)
  • The Foundation is most interested in basic research with upstream potential for impacting disease.
Duke Awardees

David Tobin
Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

  • A letter of support from dean/chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
  • Detailed Proposal with Objectives / Aims - Maximum of five pages. The five page limit is only in regards to the project description.  References should also be included to support the proposal. Proposals must contain an adequately detailed description of the project to be clearly understandable by the scientific members of the Trustees.  They need not be in the detail requested by the NIH for R01 grants.
  • An adequate budget with a breakdown as to how the funds will be used. (Excel Format)  It is important to justify how the funds to be received will be used to advance the unique problem under study in a way that cannot be done with existing funds.  In addition, the proposal must detail the levels of support of any grants already available or pending.
  • NIH Biosketch

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)  https://www.grantinterface.com/sl/qMRR68

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://www.ctsi.duke.edu/myresearchproposal


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