Doris Duke Early Clinician Investigator Award

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has been committed to advancing clinical research for many years.

 

The Johns Hopkins Doris Duke Early Clinician Investigator Award is funded by the Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinician Scientists and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. This program is directed by Daniel Ford MD, MPH and Gail Daumit, MD, MHS. The program provides supplemental research support to junior faculty clinician scientists who are conducting clinical research with at least 40% of their effort funded, and are facing significant extraprofessional caregiving demands. The grant provides up to $30,000 in direct costs over 12 months to each scholar. A second year of funding could be possible depending on research progress, need for and availability of funds.

Applicant Eligibility

  1. Hold an MD, DO, or foreign equivalent degree from an accredited institution and an active U.S. medical license.
  2. Be a physician scientist with a full-time Instructor or Assistant Professor faculty appointment at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. (This does not include subspeciality fellows who have been given an instructor title for clinical duties.)
  3. Demonstrate a compelling, time-sensitive need for the award that is related to being a caregiver. Typically, this would be childcare, partner care, and/or eldercare.
  4. Have a minimum of 40% effort allocation to research at the time of the application for the supplement.
  5. Have an active career development award or research grant at the time of the application. The award is intended to supplement research projects; eligible faculty members must have active support for their research projects during the time of the award. Applicants with internal research funding are eligible to apply.
  6. Show evidence of strong research training and productivity.
  7. Be conducting an original and rigorous clinical research project that has the potential to address a health issue that poses a significant clinical burden, whether it is a rare or common condition. The grant may not be used to support experiments utilizing non-human animals, or any tissues derived from them.

 

Terms of the Award

  1. The grant provides up to $30,000 in direct costs over 12 months to each scholar (7/1/21 to 6/30/22). A second year of funding could be possible depending on research progress, need for and availability of funds. (See application requirements below for list of allowable uses of funds)
  2. Each awardee will be provided with a program mentor who will meet with them regularly to provide advice and guidance in implementing plans for career development and use of clinical research resources.
  3. The program will also work with awardees to identify ICTR resources that may support their research.
  4. Awardees will complete progress reports to monitor individual progress.
  5. Access to the myriad career development resources available through the ICTR and School of Medicine’s Office of Faculty Development, including the K-to-R Transition Program.

 

Application Requirements

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  1. Research Statement (1,000 words)

Applicants must be conducting an original and rigorous clinical research project that has the potential to address a health issue that poses a significant clinical burden, whether it is a rare or common condition. Please describe your current or developing research program and how these funds will help you increase your productivity with your current work. Describe specific milestones you would expect to achieve if provided twelve months of funding.

  1. Statement of Need (500 words)

The statement of need should describe the significant extraprofessional caregiving responsibilities faced by the applicant (e.g., caring for an ill parent, young children, etc.) and how the funds will aid in maintaining the applicant’s research productivity.

  1. Curriculum Vitae in Johns Hopkins Medicine format
  2. Other Support Page (500 words):

This program requires that applicants have a minimum of 40% effort allocation for research for the award at the time of the application. Applicants must have a career development award or research project grant. Applicants with internal research awards may apply. The applicant should provide a description of all current and pending support (external and internal sources), with amounts and dates.

Include your % effort distribution among the following categories (total must equal 100%): research, patient care, administration, teaching, and other.

  1. Nomination Letter from Department/Division Director (1,000 words)

The letter should address career development plans for the candidate, candidate’s promise for a successful academic career in clinical investigation and division’s commitment to the candidate.

  1. Letter of Support from Research Mentor (500 words)

The letter should address the applicant’s career development plans and how the mentor will support the candidate through the time of the award. It is optional whether the letter addresses how the funding would reduce the burden of extraprofessional caregiving.

  1. Proposed Budget with Justification

The budget should include line items with direct costs (including fringe) totaling up to $30,000 over a 12-month period.

The funds provided must be used to further research. Examples include technical support, grant-writing support, or buy out of required clinical time so that more time can be spent on research.

Funds may not be used for: a) childcare or other caregiving costs directly; b) research supplies; and c) program scholar travel. We expect that the scholar’s primary grant will pay for the main research costs.

The grant may not be used to support experiments utilizing non-human animals, or any tissues derived from them.

 

Selection Criteria

Award recipients will be chosen using NIH-style peer review. A review committee will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic Achievements to Date– Applicant’s research productivity, grants and awards received, publication/presentation record; Didactic and other clinical investigation training; Recommendations from and support of the mentor/division
  2. Academic Potential– Potential to become/remain a successful investigator in clinical research; Likelihood applicant will successfully compete for future grant/award funding; Consistency of applicant’s career goals with prior and current research experience
  3. Need for Support–How compelling is the case for why funding is needed to maintain productivity while also facing the significant demands of being a caregiver; Evidence that Doris Duke program support would help facilitate the applicant’s long-term research and career development goals
  4. There will be a balance between weighing the review criteria particularly with regard for need for support.

 

Program Evaluation

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is evaluating the impact of this new and experimental effort. All participating institutions are obligated to facilitate this evaluation process by collecting applicant data as part of an IRB-approved research study (PI: Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, Professor and Deputy Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan). Past applicants and scholars may receive follow-up surveys.

 

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