Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award Application Guidelines

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Application must be submitted through Proposal Central by 4:00 PM Eastern Time on December 2, 2024. Application instructions and relevant forms will be available on the site.

No hard copies or emailed applications will be accepted.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: December 2, 2024
Review Panel Meeting: March 7, 2025
Funding Begins: July 1, 2025

Application Requirements (Forms are on Proposal Central)

  • Application Cover Sheet with all required signatures (ink or electronic).
  • The At-a-Glance Form.
  • A Letter of Commitment endorsed by both the Dean or Center Director and the Head/Chair of the Department should:
    1. confirm the applicant’s and Mentor’s academic appointments
    2. state the institution’s commitment to support the applicant’s research efforts, the nature of the support that will be provided, and guarantee a minimum of 80% protected time for the applicant’s research to fulfill the terms of the award.

The Foundation will monitor the awardee’s protected time during the course of the award to ensure that this commitment is being met.

  • The Applicant's Letter should outline their long-term vision and goals in the field of clinical or translational cancer investigation and their future commitment to clinical/translational research.
  • Applicant's Personal Statement, a one-page narrative including:
    1. What they anticipate gaining from this award with respect to its impact and their career development
    2. Optional: personal background. (Applicants may choose to indicate if they identify as an individual underrepresented in the life sciences.*)

*NIH definition: https://diversity.nih.gov/about-us/population-underrepresented

  • ​​The Applicant’s NIH Biosketch should include education and training information, research and professional experience, and a statement of board eligibility.
  • The Applicant's Full Bibliography, in which:
    1. the applicant's name must be highlighted for each entry
    2. original, peer-reviewed research articles must be listed separately and first with hyperlinks
    3. next list review articles, chapters, editorials, etc.

Do not include presentations, abstracts, “in preparation” or “under review” articles.

  • Applicant’s Accomplishments: list and describe 3 most important professional accomplishments.
  • Applicant's Other Sources of Funding: list all current and pending funding sources. Include the specific aims of each grant, the total amount of each grant as well as the amount received each year, and confirmation that there is no scientific or budgetary overlap with the proposed research.

Note: Only one application will be accepted from a Mentor (Co-Mentor) per review session.

  • The Mentor’s Letter of Support should:
    1. evaluate the applicant’s qualifications for the proposed research project
    2. assess the applicant’s potential for successful independent translational research.
  • The Mentor's Track Record of Mentorship description, with a list of trainees (indicating MDs; MD/PhDs; PhDs; DOs).
  • The Mentor’s NIH Biosketch should include:
    1. a biographical sketch
    2. a bibliography of recent publications (not to exceed two pages)
    3. a list of current and pending funding.

If there are two Mentors, each Mentor must submit a Letter of Support, Track Record of Mentorship, and Biosketch.

Research Proposals

  • The Mentor’s Proposal for Training should be no longer than three pages* of single-spaced, 12-point type with at least 0.5-inch margins and include:
    1. a plan for how the Mentor will ensure the development of the applicant into a successful physician-scientist
    2. a statement of the number of hours they will commit to the awardee’s training each week
    3. a description of any formal courses and training programs developed and offered by the sponsoring institution for the training of physician-scientists that would be included in the applicant’s curriculum.

*If there are two Mentors, submit only one Proposal for Training, no longer than four pages.

  • The Applicant’s Research Proposal, including figures, tables and legends, is limited to four pages of single-spaced, 12-point type with at least 0.5-inch margins. A list of references is not included in the 4-page limit. The proposal should outline concisely:
    1. the aim(s) of the proposed research project(s)
    2. the significance of the research goals
    3. the plan of research proposed and the experimental designs, strategies, and methods to be used in the conduct of the research
    4. (where applicable) biostatistical methods used for design and analysis
    5. (if any part of the research proposal falls outside of your or your Mentor’s research expertise) please explain and identify the expert consultant who will guide you.
  • The Summary of Research Form, not to exceed one page (same as Abstracts tab, copy/paste).
  • If applicable, up to three Collaboration Letters (NOT REFERENCE LETTERS).

Letters of Recommendation (Required)

Applicants must have two letters of recommendation submitted through Proposal Central by referees using their own letterhead. The letters should be from qualified individuals (other than your Mentor) best able to assess the applicant and their potential for conducting meaningful translational cancer research. The quality and depth of these letters will be pivotal in deciding the applicant's suitability.

Recommended Sources: residency program and/or fellowship training period.

All reference letters must be submitted on or before the application deadline. Applicants will NOT be able to submit their application unless all reference letters are uploaded to the portal.

Contact Information

Award Programs | awards@damonrunyon.org