September 11, 2014

2015 Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award applications now accepted

The Damon Runyon Foundation has established a pilot program designed to recruit outstanding physician-scientists (M.D.s only) who have completed their residencies and clinical training.

Nominees must be U.S. Specialty Board eligible at the time of application and be able to devote at least 80 percent of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-supported research. M.D./Ph.D.s are not eligible to apply.

The 2015 application deadline is Monday, Dec. 1.

The goals of the program are to:

• Encourage M.D.s to pursue cancer research careers by providing them with the opportunity for a protected research training experience under the mentorship of a highly qualified mentor after they have completed all of their clinical training.

• 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 cancer

• 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 any outstanding medical school debt owed.

There is no limitation to the number of applications that may be submitted from Vanderbilt. All eligible faculty are encouraged to apply. Detailed information about the award, additional eligibility criteria, application guidelines and forms are available on the foundation’s website,

If you have any questions, please call the foundation at (212) 455-0520.