November 9, 2017

Vanderbilt-wide Limited Submission Opportunity: Clinical Investigator Award, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Vanderbilt may nominate five candidates for the 2018 Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Clinical Investigator Award. The award supports independent young physician-scientists conducting disease-oriented research that demonstrates a high level of innovation and creativity. The goal is to support the best young physician-scientists doing work aimed at improving the practice of cancer medicine. 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, capable of moving seamlessly between the laboratory and the patient’s bedside in search of breakthrough treatments. The award provides $450,000 over three years, and the foundation will retire up to $100,000 of medical school debt owed by the awardee


  • Must have received an MD or MD/PhD degree(s) from an accredited institution, completed his/her subspecialty training and be U.S. board-eligible.
  • Must hold a valid, active U.S. medical license at the time of application.
  • Must apply within the first 4 years of initial full faculty appointment (cut-off July 2014). Adjunct or acting positions are not eligible.
  • Candidates holding or awarded R01s at the time of application are not eligible. There are several other awards (e.g. AACR, HHMI) that cannot be held concurrently. See foundation website.
  • Must be affiliated with VUMC and/or VICC. (Contact us if you are interested but do not meet this requirement.)
  • There are additional key requirements that you must review on the foundation website

Internal Application Process

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to by 5 p.m. on Nov. 9.

  1. Brief (2 page maximum) research plan- no budget required;
  2. Brief statement of support from department chair/center director;
  3. A brief CV or NIH Biosketch

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email. Please include a statement within the email that the candidate has reviewed the eligibility requirements on the Foundation website, as well as the name of your proposed mentor.

After review by the internal selection committee, the chosen nominee(s) will submit a full proposal to the foundation by the Feb. 1, 2018 deadline.

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