PRIVATE FOA: Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Invites Applications for Physician-Scientist Training Award [K08 or K23]

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Invites Applications for Physician-Scientist Training Award

A scientist holding a Petri Dish with Virus and bacteria cells.
SOURCE: Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
$ AVAILABLE: The award will provide up to $460,000 in financial support over four years. In addition, the foundation will retire up to $100,000 of any outstanding medical school debt owed by a grant recipient.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, physician-scientist applicants (MDs only) must have completed their residencies and clinical training, be U.S. specialty board-eligible prior to the award start date, have not had more than three years of postdoctoral laboratory research experience, and be able to devote at least 80 percent of their time and effort to DRCRF-supported research. Awardees may receive funding from other sources to support their research. However, no other physician-scientist career development award from a private source or federal government (e.g., K08 or K23) may be held concurrently with this award.
PURPOSE: The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is accepting applications for its 2016 Physician-Scientist Award.
The annual program provides physicians who wish to pursue a career in cancer research with the opportunity for a protected research training experience under the mentorship of a highly qualified and gifted mentor after they have completed their clinical training.
The goals of the program are to transform these talented 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; and to eliminate the financial disincentive to entering this career path.
CONTACT: Award Programs, (212) 455-0520, email: For more information see:
From The Foundation Center’s Philanthropy News Digest web site, accessed 10/22/15icon
Subject(s) cancer research, health professions training


Small Grant Program for NIDDK K01/K08/K23 Recipients (R03)

Limited Competition: Small Grant Program for NIDDK K01/K08/K23 Recipients (R03)
Department of Health and Human ServicesNIDDK
National Institutes of Health

Section I. Funding Opportunity Description

The NIDDK encourages recipients of NIDDK-supported mentored career development awards (K01/K08/K23) to apply for grant support during the final two years of their awards through the NIDDK Small Grant Program (R03).  This additional support will enable K awardees to either expand their current research objectives or to branch out to a closely related pilot study, thus demonstrating their growth as investigators and their independence.  This should facilitate the transition to fully independent investigator status.  The added grant support in the latter years of a K award is expected to have the following benefits:

  • Increased fiscal independence for the award recipient as a precursor to complete independence.
  • An opportunity for the recipient to generate additional publications and data to support a subsequent R01 application.
  • An opportunity for the awardee to demonstrate additional success in the peer review process during the course of their career development award.

The NIDDK encourages every NIDDK-supported K01/K08/K23 recipient to apply for R01, or equivalent, grant support during the course of their career awards. According to NIH policy, K awardees may now receive concurrent salary support from an NIH career development award and a research grant under certain circumstances ( ).  However, any K01/K08/K23 recipient who receives an R01, or equivalent, grant will no longer be eligible to receive an R03 grant under this R03 program.  The definition of ‘equivalent’ R01 grant is also in NOT-OD-08-065.

General Information

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-15-343
Funding Opportunity Title: Limited Competition: Small Grant Program for NIDDK K01/K08/K23 Recipients (R03)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Food and Nutrition
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards:
CFDA Number(s): 93.847 — Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases Extramural Research
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Posted Date: Sep 9, 2015
Creation Date: Sep 9, 2015
Original Closing Date for Applications: Sep 7, 2018  
Current Closing Date for Applications: Sep 7, 2018  
Archive Date: Oct 8, 2018
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Award Ceiling:
Award Floor:


Eligible Applicants:
State governments
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
City or township governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Independent school districts
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Small businesses
County governments
Special district governments
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility: Other Eligible Applicants include the following: Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions; Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISISs); Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government; Faith-based or Community-based Organizations; Hispanic-serving Institutions; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized); Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations); Regional Organizations; Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs) ; U.S. Territory or Possession; Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply. Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply. Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are not allowed.

Additional Information

Agency Name: National Institutes of Health
Description: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) announces a program that provides NIDDK-supported K01, K08, and K23 recipients the opportunity to apply for Small Grant (R03) support at some point during the final two years of their K award. Through the use of this mechanism, the NIDDK is seeking to enhance the capability of its K01, K08, and K23 award recipients to conduct research as they complete their transition to fully independent investigator status. The R03 grant mechanism supports different types of projects, including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology. The R03 is, therefore, intended to support research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources and that may provide preliminary data to support a subsequent R01, or equivalent, application.
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