Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation 2019 Clinical Investigator Award

Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

The 2019 Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator 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 awardee will receive $600,000 over three years, as well as assistance with certain research costs such as the purchase of equipment. The Foundation will also retire up to $100,000 of any medical school debt still owed by the awardee.

During each award year, the applicant must commit a minimum of 80% of their full-time professional effort to the conduct of research and research career development.

Selection Criteria:

  • Excellence of the applicant and Mentor.
  • Innovation, creativity, quality and originality of the research proposal.
  • The commitment of the Mentor and institution to the development and training of the applicant as a skilled clinical research investigator.
  • Evidence of the applicant’s commitment to clinical translational and/or cancer prevention research and their ability to apply advances in laboratory research to clinical problems.
  • Importance of the proposed research to the field of cancer and/or cancer prevention.
  • Adherence of the proposal to the definition of clinical research as set out on this web page.
  • Adherence to the "Handshake Rule."

The Damon Runyon Foundation has invited Georgetown University to submit five nominations. If you would like to pursue this opportunity, please submit:

  • a one-page abstract of your research proposal, and
  • a NIH-type biosketch (5-page limit)

as a single document (both abstract and biosketch) to Jennifer Kluge at jck67@georgetown.edu no later than Friday, January 11, 2019. An internal academic review committee will review applications to select the University’s (up to) five nominees.


$600,000 over three years


Internal Application Deadline:

January 11, 2019

Foundation Application Deadline (if nominated):

February 1, 2019

Notification of Finalists:

March 2019

Finalist Interviews:

April 24, 2019

Funding Begins:

July 1, 2019


  • Must apply within the first five (5) years of their initial full faculty appointment (Cut-off date: July 2014). Adjunct or acting positions are not eligible.
  • Must hold an independent assistant professor position or equivalent.
  • Must have received an MD or MD/PhD degree(s) from an accredited institution, completed their subspecialty training and be U.S. Board eligible.
  • Must hold a valid, active U.S. medical license at the time of application.
  • Must apply in conjunction with a Mentor who is established in the field of clinical translational cancer research, cancer prevention and/or epidemiology and can provide the critical guidance needed during the period of the award.
  • Must not hold an R01s at the time of application.
  • Investigators may receive funding from other sources to support their research.  However, no other physician-scientist mentored career development award from a private source (non-federal government) may be held concurrently with the Clinical Investigator Award. Examples of awards that cannot be held concurrently with the Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award include (but are not limited to):
    • AACR- Career Development Award
    • American Cancer Society- Mentored Research Scholar Grants in Applied and Clinical Research
    • Conquer Cancer Foundation (ASCO)- Career Development Award
    • Burroughs Wellcome Fund- Career Award for Medical Scientists
    • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation- Clinical Scientist Development Award
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute- Physician-Scientists Early Career Award, Early Career Scientist Competition
    • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society- Career Development Program, Scholar Awards


For more information visit the Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award website at https://www.damonrunyon.org/for-scientists/application-guidelines/clinical-investigator.

With questions about the foundation or for additional information faculty are encouraged to contact Becky Pfordresher, Interim Senior Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations at (202) 687-1067 or Becky.Pfordresher@georgetown.edu.

Various resources are available to Georgetown investigators. We encourage you to visit the Office of the Dean for Research, Research Development Services, and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.