Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award Application Deadline:
Monday, December 3, 2018
Physician-scientists who are both
clinically trained and expert researchers are essential to the successful
translation of scientific discovery into more effective patient therapies. They
have the unique capacity to blend their insights from treating patients and
working in the laboratory in a way that enables and accelerates medical
advances. However, the pipeline of physician-scientists is dwindling. The decline
in this vital cadre of cancer researchers is occurring at a time when cancer
research holds the greatest promise of improving survival and quality of life
among cancer patients. A growing shortage of physician-scientists means that
major laboratory research discoveries will progress to patient application ever
more slowly. If the shortage continues unabated, some may not reach patient
application at all, thus presenting a crisis in cancer.
In an effort to confront the crisis
arising from a growing dearth of physician-scientists, Damon Runyon encourages
more physicians to pursue research careers through a program designed to
recruit outstanding U.S. Specialty Board-eligible physicians (MDs only)
into cancer research careers by providing them with the opportunity for a
protected research training experience under the mentorship of a highly
qualified and gifted mentor after they have completed all of their cancer
The goals of the program are to:
• transform these individuals into
the highest quality physician-scientists, capable of conducting research that
has the potential to transform the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of
• eliminate the financial
disincentive to entering this career path.
The award will provide up to
$460,000 over four years in financial support for the award recipient. In addition,
the Foundation will retire up to $100,000 of medical school debt still owed.
The application deadline for the 2019 Physician Scientist Award is Monday, December 3, 2018. Detailed
information about the award, eligibility criteria, application guidelines and
forms are available on the Foundation’s website, https://www.damonrunyon.org/for-scientists/application-guidelines/physician-scientist.
If you have
any questions, please call the Foundation at 212-455-0520.
Runyon Clinical Investigator Award application deadline is Friday, February
1, 2019. Click here for detailed information about the
award, eligibility criteria, and application guidelines.