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COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinician Scientists

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the closing of many schools and childcare centers as well as limitations on in-home care, which has challenged the productivity, work boundaries, and mental health of early career clinician scientists, among many other groups. To help address this, the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has received a grant award from the Walder Foundation in collaboration with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in response to the Covid-19 Fund to Retain Clinician Scientists initiative. 

The goal of this initiative is to support the advancement of promising research by early-career clinician scientists whose productivity has been challenged by increased family caregiving responsibilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative, together with a supplement from institutional funds, will support 12-17 one-time awards of $30,000-50,000, to early-career clinician scientists. Download the Request for Applications.

Per requirements of the funder, the supplements provided by this award are to be used to support the effort of “extra hands” (e.g., technician, research coordinator, etc.), grant-writing support, and/or buy out of required clinical time of the principal investigator so that more time can be spent on research. As recipients of these awards are expected to have a main research grant to support their research program, research costs, such as supplies, sequencing, core facility costs, etc., as well as costs for care giving are not allowable.

How to Apply

  • Eligibility: These awards are open to full-time instructors, assistant professors, and associate professors (in their first year) who devote at least 50 percent of their time to research. Faculty must have an intra or extramural career development award or research project grant with annual direct costs sufficient to provide both research and salary support. The supplements provided by this initiative are intended to supplement ongoing research projects. Additional eligibility requirements are outlined in the Request for Applications.
  • Request for Applications: Download
  • Application Submission: Via the NUCATS Institute's Competitions system
  • Deadline: 5 p.m. on December 17, 2021
  • Notice of Awards: On or before February 18, 2022


Participating Institutions: