Wylie Scholar Program

Funding Agency:
Vascular Cures

Vascular Cures’ Wylie Scholar Program is building a pipeline of innovators in vascular health. We provide 3-year career development grants to outstanding young vascular surgeon-scientists who combine active patient care with academic research. The award supports crucial research that enables them to compete for future research funding. Wylie Scholars become North America’s world-class vascular surgeon-scientists; many are now chiefs at major academic centers, prominent leaders in the field, and play a key role in our programs. Four Wylie Scholars are on our Scientific Advisory Board and another is leading Project Voice.

Since 1996, we’ve established a group of 22 surgeon-scientists at 14 institutions around the country who are transforming patient care. Each year, the new grantee is selected by a committee of previous Wylie Scholars. The quality and rigor of the selection process is demonstrated by the fact that the average return on investment for follow-on research funding is 25:1.

The award may be used to support research in the following areas: basic science, translational, clinical research, outcomes/health services research, teaching, community service, and patient care.

Only one nomination per institution per year will be considered.


  • Duke Internal: Feb. 1, 2022
  • Applications: March 1, 2022

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must hold a full-time faculty appointment as a vascular surgeon with active privileges at a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in the United States or the Committee for the Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools in Canada. Only one nomination per institution per year will be considered. The following conditions also must be met:

      • The candidate must hold a valid and current certification from the American Board of Surgery, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, in general surgery or vascular surgery.
      • The candidate must be an active, practicing clinical vascular surgeon.
      • The candidate must present convincing evidence of rigorous research training and significant research accomplishments to date.
      • The candidate must not be currently funded by a career development award from the National Institutes of Health, Veterans Affairs, American Heart Association, or similar extramural funding agencies. Concomitant awards similar in size to the Wylie Scholar (e.g. from professional societies such as the American College of Surgeons) must be disclosed and will be considered on an individual basis.
      • The candidate must prepare and present a challenging research plan to be completed during the term of the award.
      • The candidate must have a research mentor who will be an additional resource for his or her research.
      • The Chairman of the Department of Surgery must guarantee that the candidate will have 40% protected time available to devote to the research investigation, as well as facilities, equipment and resources to execute the proposed studies.
      • The candidate is expected to participate in the Vascular Cures Wylie Scholar award event each year during their research grant tenure. This includes participating in a scientific interchange with Vascular Cures Board of Directors and donors. Up to $1,800 of the annual stipend may be used for travel expenses and one night of lodging.



Amount Description

Vascular Cures will award each Wylie Scholar $50,000 per year for up to three years, subject to an annual review by the committee. Payment of awards will be made to the candidate’s institution and the institution will be responsible for disbursing all funds and for the administration of the grant. Vascular Cures does not pay indirect costs.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

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.

* Letter of nomination from the chair of the department of surgery or the chief of the division of vascular surgery. This letter must also state that the applicant will be given a reasonable amount of time to complete the project.

* Project summary - 1 page
* CV of applicant with publications

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN) https://www.grantinterface.com/sl/tXUmB2

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials: https://www.ctsi.duke.edu/myresearchproposal



Internal Deadline

February 1, 2022

External Deadline

March 1, 2022