Funding opp: Duke Physician-Scientist Strong Start Award

Friday, January 31, 2020

The School of Medicine and the Office for Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD) are pleased to announce the annual RFP for the Duke Physician-Scientist “Strong Start” Award.

The goal of this program is to nurture the careers of junior, laboratory-based physician-scientists at Duke. By offering substantive mentoring and financial resources, this award will support junior, physician-scientist faculty during a critical period of their career, the transition to research independence. 

This award program is intentionally designed to integrate and complement Duke initiatives that train physician-scientists at even earlier points in their career, such as the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD students) and the R38 Stimulating Access to Research during Residency Program (StARR, clinical residents). In this way, the “Strong Start” Award Program will ensure that Duke University School of Medicine remains a leader in the training of outstanding physician-scientists, a group uniquely committed to the advancement of the medical sciences in our own community and in the nation.

The application deadline has been extended to Feb. 5, 2020.

In 2020, the SoM will grant approximately four awards of $70,000/year, renewable up to three consecutive years ($210,000 total).

It is anticipated that this award will be offered on an annual basis. The funds are to be used at the discretion of the individual recipient to support their research program..


  • At the time of application, candidates will be faculty members within a department in the Duke University School of Medicine, prior to advancement to the rank of Associate Professor.
  • Candidates will be physician-scientists (M.D., D.O) who have completed clinical training (residency/fellowship) after receiving their doctoral degree.
  • Candidates will have departmental support for significant protected research time (>50%)  
  • Candidates with significant internal/external funding (R01 [or equivalent] or >$500,000 in start up funding) are not eligible for funding.

Read the full RFA and application process.