Limited and External Funding Opportunities

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Active Internal Calls for Limited Submission Nominations 

Internal review process required to choose institutional nominees


Limited Submission Eligibility Guidelines

The following tags serve as a guide for submission instructions.

 Vanderbilt (VU + VUMC):  

  • VU and VUMC submit collaboratively to this LSO. ALL investigators should follow the guidelines posted on this site.

 VUMC :

  • VU and VUMC submit separately to this LSO. VUMC investigators should follow the guidelines posted on this site. VU investigators should apply through InfoReady and address any questions to VU-LSO@vanderbilt.edu.

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2023 Conservation, Food & Health Foundation Grants

Applications due October 6, 2022

VUMC:  These instructions are for VUMC investigators. VU investigators should apply through InfoReady and address any questions to VU-LSO@vanderbilt.edu.

VUMC may submit one application to the January 2023 cycle of the Conservation, Food and Health Foundation (CFH) Grants program. The CFH seeks to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. The Foundation supports projects that demonstrate local leadership and promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem or question in the field. Grants are made on a one-time basis for up to $30,000 (average grant is $20,000.) No indirect costs are allowed.

The foundation prefers to support projects that address under-funded issues and geographic areas. It favors research, training, and technical assistance projects that:

  • employ and/or train personnel from developing countries
  • are led by organizations with strong records of accomplishments in a particular field and have potential for replication
  • focus on regional or cross-boundary issues and opportunities
  • feature collaborative partnerships embedded in strong networks
  • strengthen local leadership and scientific capacity
  • influence public discourse and policy
  • focus on prevention rather than remediation
  • attract additional support and hold promise for continuation or impact beyond the period of foundation support

Health Projects:

The foundation supports public health programs that focus on populations rather than individuals.  It funds programs that emphasize disease prevention and health promotion over those that emphasize disease diagnosis, treatment, and care.  It supports research, technical assistance, and training projects that:

  • improve public health through community-based efforts that address health promotion, disease prevention, family planning, and reproductive health; and
  • increase the understanding and treatment of neglected tropical diseases

The CFH does not fund direct medical care or treatment at hospitals or clinics; medical equipment for hospitals or clinics; and several other exclusions. Requests for COVID-19 prevention projects and research are not a priority.

See the guidelines and previous grantees for more information.

Internal Application Process:

Anyone interested in being considered as VUMC’s nominee must submit the following (in a single PDF) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu by 5 p.m. on October 6:

  1. Brief (2 page maximum) research plan including summary budget
  2. Statement of support from department chair/center director
    1. Letter must acknowledge that this grant does not allow indirect costs. This statement can be used/modified: “The Department recognizes that this grant does not allow indirect costs and will commit to covering any associated indirect costs per applicable institutional policy.”
  3. NIH Biosketch or 5-page CV

Any questions about this opportunity may be directed to LSO@vanderbilt.edu


NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI-RP) Research Partnerships Track

Applications due October 10, 2022

VUMC: These instructions are for VUMC investigators. VU investigators should apply through InfoReady and address any questions to VU-LSO@vanderbilt.edu.

VUMC may submit one application to the January 2023 cycle of the NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI-RP) Research Partnerships Track.

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit.

PFI has five broad goals: (1) identifying and supporting NSF-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization; (2) supporting prior or current NSF-sponsored investigators, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education in undertaking proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-sponsored research and have potential market value; (3) promoting sustainable partnerships between NSF-funded institutions, industry, and other organizations within academia and the private sector with the purpose of accelerating the transfer of technology; (4) developing multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry; (5) providing professional development, mentoring, and advice in entrepreneurship, project management, and technology and business development to innovators.

In addition, PFI responds to the mandate set by Congress to support prototype or proof-of-concept development work by participants, including I-Corps participants, with innovations that because of the early stage of development are not eligible to participate in a Small Business Innovation Research Program or a Small Business Technology Transfer Program.

Finally, PFI seeks to enhance partnerships between academia and industry in the United States, and expanding the participation of women and individuals from underrepresented groups in innovation, technology translation, and entrepreneurship.

This solicitation offers two broad tracks for proposals in pursuit of the aforementioned goals. Only the Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track is limited. The PFI-RP track supports complex, multi-faceted technology development projects that are typically beyond the scope of a single researcher or institution and require a multi-organizational, interdisciplinary, synergistic collaboration. A PFI-RP project requires the creation of partnerships between academic researchers and third-party organizations such as industry, non-academic research organizations, federal laboratories, public or non-profit technology transfer organizations or other universities. Such partnerships are needed to conduct applied research on a stand-alone larger project toward commercialization and societal impact. In the absence of such synergistic partnership, the project’s likelihood for success would be minimal. The budget for PFI-RP proposals is up to $550,000 for 36 months.

The intended outcomes of both tracks are: a) the commercialization of new intellectual property derived from NSF-funded research outputs; b) the creation of new or broader collaborations with industry (including increased corporate sponsored research); c) the licensing of NSF-funded research outputs to third party corporations or to start-up companies funded by a PFI team; and d) the training of future innovation and entrepreneurship leaders.

See the solicitation for more information.

Internal Application Process:

Anyone interested in being considered as VUMC’s potential nominee must submit the following (in a single PDF) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu by 5 p.m. on October 10:

  • Brief (2-page maximum) research plan, including summary budget
  • NIH Biosketch or 5-page CV
  • Statement of support from department chair/center director

Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to LSO@vanderbilt.edu


2023 Moore Inventor Fellows

Applications due October 13, 2022

Vanderbilt (VU + VUMC): This is a joint competition for VU and VUMC investigators. All investigators should follow these instructions.

Vanderbilt (VU + VUMC combined) may nominate up to 2 candidates for the Moore Inventor Fellows competition. The Moore Foundation aims to support scientist-inventors who create new tools and technologies with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s areas of interest: scientific discovery, environmental conservation and patient care. The Moore Foundation recognizes that inventors and innovators come from a diversity of backgrounds, disciplines and experiences and seeks creative individuals across a broad array of academic programs and research institutions. Each fellow will receive $675,000 over three years.  Fellows’ departments are required to contribute an additional $50,000 in annual support of the inventor’s work, for a total award of $825,000.

Eligibility:

  • Must be within 10 years of receiving advanced terminal degree (M.S., Ph.D., or M.D. received on or after 2013)
  • Must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs, or other full-time staff.
  • May come from a broad array of disciplines, including, but not limited, to environmental science and conservation, remote sensing, artificial intelligence, big data, climatology, emerging infectious diseases, oceanography, biology, engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, neurosciences, and public health.
  • For patient care, inventions should resonate with the Moore Foundation’s focus on improving the experience and outcomes of patients with solutions that improve clinical diagnosis. 

Inventors will be evaluated by their demonstrated creative potential and technical ability for the proposed line of work.  Inventions will be evaluated based on their importance in the area of interest, the need for funding to achieve rapid success, and the plausibility of achieving stated impact. See the past recipients, and review the guidelines and FAQs for more information.

Internal Review Process:

Anyone interested in being considered as one of Vanderbilt’s nominees must submit the following (in PDF format) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu by 5 p.m. on October 13, 2022:  

  1. Statement of invention (no more than two pages, including citations; single-spaced, 12-point font and one-inch margins). The first paragraph should describe clearly and without jargon the invention, the problem it seeks to address, and its potential impact. The statement of invention should also include the following information: 
    1. Description of invention 
    2. Importance in the area of science, environmental conservation, or patient care and experience (please select one)
    3. Stage of invention 
    4. Current funding 
    5. Feasibility 
    6. Risk (please describe any technical risks that might lower chances of success and what you will do to mitigate these risks)
    7. Potential impact
    8. Approach for measuring progress during the grant term 
  2. Budget narrative that outlines how grant funds will be used (1 page)
  3. Brief CV (5 page max) or NIH Biosketch
  4. Statement from Department Chair to ensure that the nominee has at least 25 percent of their time to devote to their invention and $50,000 in annual direct support from the department (total of $150,000 direct support over the project period).
    1. This can be “in kind” as released time or access to special facilities for which there is normally a charge. This could also include support for undergraduate or graduate students, equipment, supplies, and other needs that will enable the fellow to make progress on their work.
    2. Funds that were designated for a fellow’s use before the fellow was awarded a Moore Inventor Fellows award (such as start-up funds) do not qualify.

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email. 

If selected as the nominee, you will be asked to complete the application in two separate parts. The preliminary application will be due to the sponsor on November 14, 2022, and the full application will be due December 13, 2022.  

Please contact us at LSO@vanderbilt.edu if you have any questions about the program, foundation, or internal review process.


NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

Applications due October 13, 2022

 VUMC:  These instructions are for VUMC investigators. VU investigators should apply through InfoReady and address any questions to VU-LSO@vanderbilt.edu.

Overview:

VUMC may submit up to 3 proposals for the NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program, which serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

MRI provides support to acquire critical research instrumentation without which advances in fundamental science and engineering research may not otherwise occur. MRI also provides support to develop next-generation research instruments that open new opportunities to advance the frontiers in science and engineering research. Additionally, an MRI award is expected to enhance research training of students who will become the next generation of instrument users, designers, and builders.

An MRI proposal may request up to $4 million for either acquisition or development of a research instrument. VUMC is limited to 3 total submissions across the two tracks below, with no more than two submissions in Track 1 and no more than one submission in Track 2. Any MRI proposal may request support for either the acquisition or development of a research instrument, regardless of track.

  • Track 1: Track 1 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,000 and less than $1,000,000.
  • Track 2: Track 2 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000.

Eligibility:

  • Please consult the Program Description (Section II.A-B) for a detailed description of project types and fields of science that are eligible for funding.
  • The MRI Program seeks broad representation by PIs in its award portfolio, including women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities. Since demographic diversity may be greater among early-career researchers, the MRI program also encourages proposals with early-career PIs and proposals that benefit early-career researchers.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: For either track, Cost-sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required! Inclusion of voluntary committed cost-sharing is prohibited.

Internal Application Process:

Anyone interested in being considered to submit one of VUMC’s proposals must submit the following (in a single PDF) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu by 5 p.m. on October 13, 2022:

  1. Brief (2 page maximum) project description including summary budget
    • Please identify the Track (1 or 2) to which you are applying
  2. Brief statement of support from department chair/center director including a department or center commitment to the REQUIRED 30% cost-sharing
  3. NIH Biosketch

Please review the solicitation and the FAQs for more information regarding the program. Following the internal process, the full proposal is due to NSF by January 19. Any questions about this opportunity may be directed to LSO@vanderbilt.edu.


NSF LSAMP National Coordination Hub and Louis Stokes Community Resource Centers (LSAMP Hub & LSCRCs)

 VUMC:  These instructions are for VUMC investigators. VU investigators should apply through InfoReady and address any questions to VU-LSO@vanderbilt.edu.

Applications due October 14, 2022

Overview:

VUMC may submit one application to the January 2023 cycle of the NSF LSAMP National Coordination Hub and Louis Stokes Community Resource Centers program. This new solicitation from the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) calls for proposals for an LSAMP National Coordination Hub (LSAMP Hub) and for Louis Stokes Community Resource Centers (LSCRCs). These new funding opportunities will support the overall goal of the LSAMP program to assist universities and colleges in diversifying the nation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded to individuals from populations underrepresented in these disciplines: Blacks and African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Hispanic and Latino Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

VUMC can either serve as the lead institution on one (1) LSAMP National Coordination Hub or on one (1) Louis Stokes Community Resource Center.

Eligibility

Proposals for both the LSAMP Hub and the LSCRCs may be submitted by any consortium of organizations. All active alliances are eligible to submit as lead organizations. LSAMP organizations, non-LSAMP organizations and other organizational types with expertise in STEM education research and broadening participation in STEM fields are eligible to submit as lead organizations. Non-LSAMP organizations should have knowledge of and prior engagement with the LSAMP community as evidenced by development of and participation in LSAMP activities over time. Minority-serving institutions (Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving colleges and universities, Tribal colleges and universities) and non-academic organizations are encouraged to submit as lead participants.

LSAMP Hub

The LSAMP Hub will promote intentional coordination, stronger collaborations, and enhance interactions among the broader LSAMP community as well as provide a bridge between alliance and non-alliance organizations. The LSAMP Hub activities will support comprehensive, evidence-based, innovative, and sustained strategies that ultimately result in the graduation of well-prepared, highly-qualified students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue graduate studies or careers in STEM. In addition, the LSAMP Hub will serve as the nexus for LSAMP activities, including those of alliances, existing Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation (LSRCEs), and the new LSCRCs, to support the overall LSAMP goals.

The LSAMP Hub may be for up to 5 years at a maximum of $1,000,000 per year. It will play a critical role in coordinating the national LSAMP program effort. LSAMP Hub proposals may involve multiple organizations, but proposals may only be submitted from a lead organization with other collaborating organizations included as subawardees. The LSAMP Hub award will be a Cooperative Agreement.

Louis Stokes Community Resource Center

The LSCRCs will accelerate the pace of knowledge generation and research dissemination in the areas of broadening participation, STEM education for LSAMP populations, and preparation for national STEM priorities. In addition, the LSCRCs will support a community of researchers and facilitate scholarly opportunities that will further advance the overall goal of the LSAMP program to diversify the nation's STEM workforce.

LSCRCs are three- to five-year projects that have wide latitude for design of research, outreach, and synthesis activities. The maximum funding level is $700,000 per year. LSCRC awards will be Continuing Grants.

The activities of the Hub, along with the new LSCRCs, will complement and amplify the work of the existing alliances and assist in wider dissemination of knowledge production from LSAMP activities. They will also support the program in further development of partnerships both across the LSAMP community and with other national efforts.

See the solicitation for more details.

Internal Application Process

Anyone interested in being considered to submit one of VUMC’s proposals must submit the following (in a single PDF) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu by 5 p.m. on October 14, 2022:

  1. Brief (2 page maximum) project description including summary budget
    • Please identify to which program you are applying – LSAMP Hub or Louis Stokes Community Resource Center (LSCRC).
  2. Letter of support from department chair/center director
  3. NIH Biosketch

Any questions about this opportunity may be directed to LSO@vanderbilt.edu.


NIH Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1- Clinical Trial Optional)

Applications due October 17, 2022

 VUMC:  These instructions are for VUMC investigators. VU investigators should apply through InfoReady and address any questions to VU-LSO@vanderbilt.edu.

VUMC may submit one proposal to the January 2023 cycle of the NIH Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1). This program is designed to support highly integrated research teams of three to six PD/PIs to address ambitious and challenging research questions that are important for the mission of National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and are beyond the scope of an individual or a few investigators. Collaborative program teams are expected to accomplish goals that require considerable synergy and managed team interactions. Project goals should not be achievable with a collection of individual efforts or projects. Teams are encouraged to consider far-reaching objectives that will produce major advances in their fields. While applications may request research program budgets of up to $1.5 million direct costs per year, it is anticipated that most awards will be between $700,000-$900,000 direct costs.

Eligibility:

Successful Collaborative Program Grant applications will bring together scientists to apply complementary approaches to work on an important and well-defined problem. Applications may address any area of science within the NIGMS mission, which is to support basic research that increases understanding of biological processes at a range of levels, from molecules and cells to tissues, whole organisms and populations. NIGMS also supports research in a limited number of clinical areas that affect multiple organ systems (see here for scientific areas supported by NIGMS).

Truly new interdisciplinary ideas for approaching significant biological problems are encouraged. Applications that bridge the research interests of more than one NIGMS division are also encouraged, but must remain within the scope of the NIGMS mission. Consultation with NIGMS staff prior to preparing an application is strongly encouraged.

We recommend that applicants review the RFA in detail to review the research areas that are within the NIGMS mission. Applications that focus solely on a specific organ or disease state and that are within the mission areas of other NIH Institutes and Centers are not appropriate for this FOA. Applications that employ specific cells or tissues to address a fundamental biomedical question are appropriate.

Applications that are mainly focused on the creation, expansion, and/or maintenance of community resources, creation of new technologies or infrastructure development are not appropriate for this FOA. 

See the program announcement for more information.

Internal Application Process:

Anyone interested in being considered to submit VUMC’s proposal must submit the following (in a single PDF) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu by 5 p.m. on October 17, 2022:

  • Brief project description including summary budget and role of each PI and their relevant qualifications (2 page max);
  • Letter of support from department chair/center director;
  • NIH Biosketch for all PIs

Full applications are due to NIH by January 27, with an LOI requested 30 days prior. Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to LSO@vanderbilt.edu.


 

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Active Calls for NON-Limited External Opportunities 

Internal review process NOT required- Submit directly to Sponsor

The VUMC Corporate & Foundation Relations team provides hands-on proposal development assistance for non-federal awards. Contact cfr@vumc.org for more information.


Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology

Applications due October 1

The Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology focuses on transformative research in human immunology, with trans-disease applications  to accelerate vaccine and immunotherapeutic discovery. This international prize is intended to encourage and support young investigators from a wide range of disciplines, including computer science, artificial intelligence/machine learning, protein engineering, nanotechnology, genomics, parasitology and tropical medicine, neurodegenerative diseases, and gene editing, who apply their expertise to perform research that has a lasting impact on vaccine and immunotherapy.

Grand Prize money: US$30,000
Runner Up Prize money: US$10,000

Rules of Eligibility

  • Applicants must be no older than thirty-five (35) years of age and must hold an M.D., PhD., or M.D./Ph.D. at the time of entry.
  • The entrant's essay must describe contributions to human immunology research based in their field of study.
  • The entrant must have performed or directed the work described in the essay.
  • The research must have been performed during the previous 3 years.
  • Employees of Michelson Philantropies, its subsidiaries, Science and AAAS, and their relatives are not eligible for the prize.

Maximizing Investigators' Research Award for Early Stage Investigators (R35)

Applications due October 3

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-20-117.html

The Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award for Early Stage Investigators (ESI MIRA) supports an ambitious program of NIGMS-related research in an early stage investigator's laboratory. The overall goal of MIRA is to increase the efficiency and efficacy of NIGMS funding. Specific MIRA benefits include:

  • No requirement or expectation for preliminary data, which will

    • Enable investigators to apply earlier in their independent research career, allowing them to secure grant funding that will launch and sustain a successful research career, and

    • Enhance investigators’ ability to move into research areas that are distinct from those of their postdoctoral mentors, which could increases chances for new scientific discoveries;

  • Increased stability of funding for NIGMS-supported ESIs, improved success rates, and more graduated, rather than all-or-none, funding decisions for MIRA renewals;

  • Larger award amount than the current average NIGMS R01 award to ESIs, while the project period will be similar;

  • More flexibility to pursue new ideas and opportunities as they arise during the course of research because the award is not tied to specific aims;

  • A reduction in administrative burden associated with managing multiple grants; and

  • A reduction in required application writing.

The ESI MIRA program encourages eligible applicants to submit an ESI MIRA application early in their independent research careers and to move into research areas that are distinct from those of their postdoctoral mentors. Applicants who have not yet received independent research funding are encouraged to apply, as are those who have not had sufficient time and/or resources to generate independent senior author publications.


Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Career Awards for Medical Scientists 

Applications due October 4

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Sue Reeves, Foundation Relations (sue.reeves@vumc.org) before starting an application.

BWF's Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) provides $700,000 over five years for physician-scientists, who are committed to an academic career, to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and temporary residents.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is committed to fostering the development of the next generation of biomedical scientists and is committed to supporting degree-granting institutions achieve this goal. The career development of young scientists has been a major funding theme at BWF and various programs have provided major support to promising young scientists to help them make the transition from late postdoctoral training to early faculty service.

Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research. BWF is also interested in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are not eligible.

Eligibility:

  • Competitive candidates for the CAMS award will have at least two years of research experience, be two years away from becoming an independent investigator, be a first author on at least one publication in a high impact top-tier journal, and have a significant publication record.
  • Candidates must not be more than 13 years past their clinical doctorate degree. To meet this requirement, applicants must have received their clinical doctorate degree on or after January 1, 2008.
  • BWF strongly encourages applications from women and persons historically underrepresented in science, including, women, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanic or LatinX, and indigenous peoples of the Americas (Native American, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, First Nations people). In addition to seeking participants from historically underrepresented groups, BWF is interested in increasing diversity of the BWF Community based on characteristics such as geographical location of institution (particularly candidates from the Central, Mountain, and Southern States), disability status, personal experiences and background. These characteristics should be addressed in the personal statement for consideration.
  • Note: BWF will make up to two additional awards to clinically trained psychiatrists who focus on research at the interface between neuroscience and psychiatry. Proposals must clearly demonstrate evidence of integration of neuroscience and psychiatry
  • For all eligibility requirements see the RFP here.

ASCO Conquer Cancer - Career Development Award

Applications due October 20

The Career Development Award (CDA) provides research funding to clinical investigators, who have received their initial faculty appointment, as they work to establish an independent clinical cancer research program. This is a mentored award and the research project is conducted under the guidance of a scientific mentor. The research must have a patient-oriented focus, including a clinical research study and/or translational research involving human subjects. Proposals with a predominant focus on in vitro or animal studies (even if clinically relevant) are not allowed. Applications in all areas of cancer research are accepted from U.S. and international applicants.

The CDA is a three-year grant totaling $200,000 that supports personnel and/or research expenses, and travel to attend the Conquer Cancer Grants and Awards Ceremony at the ASCO Annual Meeting.

Areas with dedicated funding:
• CDA in Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology
• CDA for Diversity and Inclusion
• CDA for Diversity and Inclusion in Breast Cancer Research - Note the different deadline! March 13, 2023

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for a CDA:

  • Be a physician (MD, DO or international equivalent) working in any country.
  • Be in the first to third year of a full-time primary faculty appointment in a clinical department at an academic medical institution at the time of grant submission. Application must be submitted before the applicant has had three full years as faculty. Faculty appointment may begin with the entry-level faculty position within the applicant’s institution (i.e., Instructor/Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Assistant Member).
  • Have a valid, active medical license in the country where the research will be conducted at the time of application.
  • Have completed productive postdoctoral research and demonstrated the ability to undertake independent investigator-initiated clinical research.
  • Be an ASCO member or have submitted a membership application with the grant application. Visit ASCO Membership to join/renew online.
  • Be able to commit at least 50% of full-time effort in research (applies to total research, not just the proposed project) during the award period.
  • Have a mentor from the sponsoring institution who must provide a letter of support. If the mentor is not an ASCO Member, a supporting letter from an ASCO Member from the sponsoring institution must be included.
  • Be up-to-date and in compliance with all requirements (e.g., progress reports, final reports, budget summaries, IRB approvals, etc.) of any past grants received from Conquer Cancer. Eligible applicants are allowed to hold only one active grant from Conquer Cancer at a time.
  • Applicants with concurrent federal career development awards (e.g., K23, K08, or any other type of career development award) and institutional training grants (T32, KL2/K12 or equivalent) are eligible to apply provided there are no scientific and budgetary overlaps.
  • Applicants may not concurrently hold other career development awards from private foundations during the CDA-supported project term. Examples include but are not limited to:
    • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation – ‘A’ Award Grant
    • American Association for Cancer Research - Career Development Award
    • American Cancer Society - Mentored Research Grant
    • Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation - Clinical Investigator Award
    • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation - Clinical Scientist Development Award
    • Lymphoma Research Foundation -  Clinical Investigator Career Development Award
    • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - Career Development Program, Scholar Awards and Scholar in Clinical Research Awards
    • Melanoma Research Alliance - Young Investigator Awards
    • St. Baldrick’s Foundation – St. Baldrick’s Scholar
  • Past recipients of training fellowships (e.g., Young Investigator Award or an F32 grant) are eligible to apply.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs 

Applications due November 17

The application cycle for NIH’s FY22 Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is open now through November 17. The LRP aims to counteract financial pressure from education & training loans, often faced by highly qualified health professionals who transition into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The program provides up to $100,000 of educational debt assistance in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. Five programs are open to non-NIH-employed (extramural) researchers:

   1) Clinical Research

   2) Pediatric Research

   3) Health Disparities Research

   4) Contraception and Infertility Research

   5) Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

This year’s application deadline is November 17. The Office of Sponsored Programs reminds you to allow sufficient (i.e., 1-2 weeks) time prior to the November 18 deadline for completion of the institutional certification process required for support of your application.

Please note that the VUMC Institutional Business Official (IBO) for the LRP application is Robert Dow (CommonsID: DOWROB1) in VUMC Finance. This information will be needed in order to complete the application. For more information about the LRP, please visit the NIH website


Doris Duke Charitable Foundation - Clinical Scientist Development Awards

Pre-applications due November 17

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Sue Reeves, Foundation Relations (sue.reeves@vumc.org) before starting an application.

Purpose: The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Awards provide grants to junior physician scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers. 

Rationale & History: The transition to an independent research career is often more difficult for physician scientists than it is for other researchers, as these individuals must balance the demands of both seeing patients and conducting research. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Medical Research Program created the Clinical Scientist Development Awards to provide mentored research funding and research time protection to early-career physician-scientist faculty to enable their transition to independent and successful research careers. In 2022, the Medical Research Program awarded 17 grants to investigators working in a broad range of disease areas. Since the beginning of the program in 1998, the foundation has awarded 371 Clinical Scientist Development Awards totaling over $169 million.

Award Details: The Clinical Scientist Development Awards consist of $150,000 annual direct costs plus $15,000 (10%) annual indirect costs for three years. The priority of the Clinical Scientist Development Awards program is to fund outstanding individuals with potential for clinical research careers, substantial institutional commitments to mentorship and career development, and whose projects will address highly significant research questions and lead to career advancement. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation does not have funding priorities based on disease area or research type.

In keeping with the wishes expressed in Doris Duke's will, experiments that use animals or tissues derived from animals, including cell lines, will not be supported by this program.

Investigators must commit 75% effort to the project. Applicants in surgical specialties whose clinical competency skills must be maintained during the award period may apply provided that no less than 50% effort can be committed to research if an award is made