Damon Runyon Foundation

Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award

Program Summary

The Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award supports young physician-scientists conducting patient-oriented cancer research. The goal is to increase the number of physicians capable of moving seamlessly between the laboratory and the patient’s bedside in search of breakthrough treatments.

The Clinical Investigator Award responds to three recognized realities:
The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation’s award offers solutions to these realities. The awardee will receive financial support for three years, as well as assistance with certain research costs such as the purchase of equipment. The Foundation will also retire up to $100,000 of any medical school debt still owed by the awardee.
Building on the long-term success of the Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellowships, the creation of the Clinical Investigator Award is a logical extension of the Foundation’s overall mission to defeat cancer. The Clinical Investigator Award program is specifically intended to provide outstanding young physicians with the resources and training structure essential to becoming successful clinical investigators.

Award Information

The $450,000 award will be for a period of three years. Funding in the amount of $150,000 will be allocated to the awardee’s institution each year for the support of the Clinical Investigator.  Funds are intended to be flexible and can be used for a variety of scientific needs including the Investigator’s stipend and/or fringe benefits (up to $100,000), salaries for professional and technical personnel, special equipment, supplies and other miscellaneous items required to conduct the proposed research.  No part of this grant can be used for indirect costs or institutional overhead.

Other Funding

Investigators may receive funding from other sources to support their research.  However, no other physician-scientist career development award from a private source (non-federal government) may be held concurrently with the Clinical Investigator Award.
Physician-scientist career development awards from the federal government including the National Institutes of Health (e.g., K-08, K-12, K-23), the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are allowed.
Scientific or budgetary overlap with other funded projects is not allowed.  Therefore, it is critical that all current and pending grant support for your research be reported to the Foundation and the relationship of that support to the Damon Runyon funded project be explained.
See Other Funding for examples of awards that cannot be held concurrently with the Damon Runyon award.
Internal Selection Procedure
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Carver College of Medicine have established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominees. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor’s selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
  1. A two page CV
  2. A one-page summary of the proposed research 
The above materials must be submitted to no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 4, 2013. The selected nominees will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Monday, February 17, 2014.

Proposal Due to OVPRED11/04/2013 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF02/10/2014
Date Due to Sponsor02/17/2014
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
Sponsor URL:http://www.damonrunyon.org/for_scientists/more/clinical_investigator_award_overview

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