Office of Research

Clinical Scientist Development Award (CSDA) 2014

Key Dates

Pre-proposals Due:

October 31, 2013 (3 p.m. EDT) 

Invitation to Submit Full Proposal:      

December 20, 2013

Full Proposals Due

February 25, 2014 (3 p.m. EST)

Notice of Award

June 2014

Award Start Date

July 2014












Pre-proposals are being sought from junior physician-scientist faculty conducting clinical research in any disease area. It is recommended that applicants have significant research experience and strong publication records consistent with the assistant professor rank. In keeping with the wishes expressed in Doris Duke's will, experiments that use animals or primary tissues derived from animals will not be supported by this program.

Eligibility Requirements

For a full explanation of the eligibility requirements, view the Request for Applications here.


Applicants must:

  • Hold an M.D. or foreign equivalent, or a D.O. degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a valid, active U.S. medical license at the time of application, but do not have to be U.S. citizens.
  • Be working at a U.S. degree-granting institution that would be able to receive an award as an organization with 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Service status.
  • Have a full-time faculty appointment as assistant professor. Have been appointed to their first assistant professor position between November 1, 2008 and November 1, 2012.
  • Have their own research space.
  • Propose a clinical research project, as defined by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in any disease area. See definition in the Request for Applications.
  • Not bethe principal investigator of a multi-year grant with annual direct funding in the amount of $225,000 or higher with start date prior to and inclusive of July 1, 2014.
  • Not be the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health R01 research grant or equivalent that has a start date prior to and inclusive of July 1, 2014.
  • Be guaranteed a minimum overall research time protection of 75% of full-time professional effort by the institution where the applicant has an appointment. There is no explicit minimum percent effort that must be dedicated to the CSDA project.



Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

If your question is not answered after reviewing the FAQ’s, email with “2014 CSDA” as the subject line.


Rationale & History

The transition to an independent research career is often more difficult for physician-scientists conducting clinical research than it is for other researchers, as these individuals must balance both the demands of seeing patients with those of conducting research. The Medical Research Program created the Clinical Scientist Development Award to provide mentored research funding to early career physician-scientist faculty to enable their transition to independence.


In 2013 the Medical Research Program awarded 16 grants to investigators researching a variety of topics, including childhood malnutrition, pancreatic cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. 


Since the beginning of the program in 1998, the foundation has awarded 218 Clinical Scientist Development Awards totaling approximately $94 million.

Application Instructions

The Office of Research is announcing this as a courtesy only. The Clinical Scientist Development Award does not require institutional nomination in 2014.

Opportunity Details

Program web page

Program Announcement No.


10/31/2013 UW Internal Deadline Closed
10/31/2013 OSP Deadline
10/31/2013 Sponsor Deadline

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Eligible groups
  • All campus

Inquiries and Contact Information

Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact their Chairperson, Associate Dean for Research (or Dean, if no ADR) and the Office of Research (see below) if they intend to prepare a response. Failure to do so, or to meet the deadlines for submission of pre-proposal, will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

For general inquiries, or to request a listing of a limited submission opportunity that should be but is not already listed, please email us at