OPSD RFAs

The Office of Physician-Scientist Development offers Request For Applications (RFAs) to support medical student research, technician support and/or small grant programs.

OPSD Technician Support

 

The 2020 Application Process will open mid-November, 2019.  Application deadline: February 1, 2020

I. Purpose

Early career physician-scientists may face challenges with research productivity as they navigate both clinical and research training and responsibilities. This challenge may be ameliorated with the support of a laboratory technician or research assistant who can continue research activities while the physician-scientist is engaged in clinical activities. The intent of this RFA is to promote early career research productivity and continuity by providing funding to cover a portion of effort of a laboratory technician or research assistant to be dedicated to the applicant’s research project.

Each award provides $25,000 for 1 year to cover a portion of the salary and associated fringe benefits of a laboratory technician or research assistant.  This award is renewable for an additional year with the demonstration of success in year 1 and need for year 2. Up to $5,000 of this award may be allocated for research supplies. This RFA is open to early career physician-scientists, including residents, medical subspecialty fellows, and junior faculty who are conducting basic and translational research (laboratory or big data/computational biology).

Proposals should include:

Applicant’s Biosketch
Research Summary (1- 2 pages)

Statement of need including a description of the impact technical support would have on the applicant’s ability to move their research forward
An overview of the applicant’s research plans
A timeline for research activities

Mentor statement including current support for the applicant’s project (1 page)
Plan for Technical Assistance (1/2-3/4 page)

Description of the technician’s responsibilities within the project,
Supervision plan, such as regular reports, meetings, etc., as well as plans for technical, safety, and regulatory training

A Memorandum of Understanding (using MOU template provided) signed by the applicant and the mentor/PI who will cover the remainder of the technician’s effort and indicating financial resources that will be used to cover the technician’s effort

If the applicant intends to use 5K for research supplies: a budget using the budget template provided.

II. Key Dates

Application Submission Deadline: February 1, 2020
Final Selection: June 1, 2020
Funding Period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

III. Eligibility

Applicants:

Only applicants who are conducting basic or translational (laboratory or big data/computational biology) research in the following categories are eligible to apply:

Duke School of Medicine trainees (resident or fellow) in any clinical training program who have set aside research time during their clinical training
Duke junior faculty who are within the first 5 years of a faculty appointment and are physician scientists

The following are not eligible to apply

Medical students
Resident or fellow trainees who do not have research time during their clinical training
Faculty members with an R01 or equivalent funding
Faculty members who do not have clinical responsibilities

Technician:

The proposed technical support must be provided by a single person.  Such support may be provided by individuals in a number of job categories as long as it is appropriate to the proposed project and research environment including, but not limited to:

Laboratory technicians
Research assistants
Work-study students or other undergraduate students (with appropriate experience)

The following are not eligible to be covered as technicians via this support mechanism

Medical students
Other residents or fellows
PI/mentor or other faculty

IV. Funding

Two award options are available and must be declared at the time of application.

Award Option 1 offers $25,000 applied directly to cover a percentage of a technician’s total effort (salary + fringe) with an expected start date of July 1, 2019 or hire/start date and ending on June 30, 2020. The technician must be hired within 3 months of the award start, pre-identification of technician during the application period is strongly encouraged.

Award Option 2 offers $20,000 applied directly to cover a pre-defined percentage of a technician’s total effort (salary + fringe) and $5,000 for budgeted research supplies transferred into an individual fundcode for use by the applicant.

V. Selection Process and Review Criteria

Following submission, applications are reviewed by a committee composed of members of the BWF-PSIA leadership. The Review Committee will consider the following criteria when reviewing and scoring applications:

Potential impact of technician support on applicant’s research trajectory
Scientific impact and potential for success of the proposed project
Appropriateness of timeline and Plan for Technical Assistance
Commitment of PI/Mentor to provide funding and projects to cover the remainder of the technician’s effort

VI. Application Procedure

OPSD uses the MyResearchProposal online application software to submit applications.

To apply visit http://bit.ly/myresearchproposal, click on “Create New User” (or log in if you already have an account). THE 2020 APPLICATION PROCESS WILL OPEN MID-NOVEMBER, 2019.
A step-by-step user’s guide for applying via the MyResearchProposal software is available - Please review the guide here.
Enter Access Code “OPSD” and follow the instructions.

Applicants will enter general project information via the web-based form or via pdf upload as indicated under proposal guidelines in Section 1.

VII. Budget Guidelines

Award Option 1 requires no formal budget.  If a technician has been identified at the time of application, an indication of the amount of effort that will be covered by the $25,000 award should be included in the “Plan for Technical Assistance” as indicated above in Section 1 and should be determined by your departmental business manager to include both salary and non-federal fringe for FY 2020. This award will be applied directly to the technician’s effort. Please note, if a technician has not been hired by the award date of July 1, 2019, the $25,000 must be distributed across the remaining months prior to June 30, 2020. No-cost extensions are not permitted and award money not spent by June 30, 2020 must be returned to the OPSD.

We encourage applicants to connect their business managers with the OPSD at opsd@dm.duke.edu to discuss preferences for receiving the award.

Award Option 2 requires a budget totaling $25,000 which must be submitted using the budget template provided and uploaded as a pdf. 

The budget period is July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. No indirect or overhead costs may be included; the awardees receive direct costs only. 
Grant funds may only be budgeted for:

Salary support of the technician, including fringe benefits
Up to $5,000 may be used for small equipment, research supplies, or core lab costs. A detailed budget, including per item cost and catalog numbers, must be provided for any funds requested for research supplies.

Grant funds may not be used for:

Salary support for the PI or faculty collaborators
Office supplies or communication costs, including printing
Meals or travel, including to conferences
Professional education or training
Computers or audiovisual equipment
Manuscript preparation and submission

All applicants and their mentors must provide documentation via the MOU showing that the remainder of the technician salary is supported.
Research supply money that is unspent as of July 1, 2020 will be returned to the OPSD.

IX. Terms of the Award

A.  Project Execution

Investigators agree to submit a detailed written report 12 months after the conclusion of the funding period as described below.  Technician support must complete in the 12-month period; no-cost extensions are not permitted; however, awardees may apply for a second year of funding by completing and submitting a new application.

B.  Post-Award Reporting

OPSD and the BWF-PSIA track significant events resulting from the funding. Any significant events should be included in the final report. Investigators will be responsible for providing an annual report to OPSD detailing any achievements linked to this award. Examples include:

Abstracts/presentations, manuscripts, published guidelines
Follow-on funding (e.g., grants from government or foundation sources, SBIR/STTR, angel and venture capital investment)
Milestones achieved in animal models or manufacturing
Patents
Translation of models to other geographical areas
Translation of models to other therapeutic areas
Agreements with partners and strategic collaborators to translate the research
Commercialization (e.g. new intellectual property, license, commercial partnerships, start-up company)
Translation to clinical studies
Direct-to-consumer interactions (e.g. apps) 

When requested, all awardees will be expected to provide updates of publications and other successes that originated from the award. 

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information on this funding opportunity, please contact opsd@dm.duke.edu

Strong Start Award Program

 

OVERVIEW

 The School of Medicine (SoM) and the Office for Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD) is pleased to announce its annual RFP for the Duke Physician-Scientist “Strong Start” Award. This goal of this program is to nurture the careers of junior faculty who are laboratory-based physician-scientists at Duke. By offering substantive mentoring and financial resources, this award will support junior, physician-scientist faculty during a critical period of their career, the transition to research independence.

This award program is lead by the Office of Physician Scientist Development (OPSD) and intentionally designed to integrate with other Duke initiatives that train physician-scientists at even earlier points in their career, such as the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD students), Departmental Physician-Scientist Training Programs, and the Lefkowitz Society (clinical residents and fellows). In this way, the “Strong Start” Award Program will ensure that Duke University School of Medicine remains a leader in the training of outstanding physician-scientists, a group uniquely committed to the advancement of the medical sciences in our own community and in the nation.

FUNDING

In 2019, the SoM will grant approximately three awards of $70,000/year, renewable up to three consecutive years ($210,000 total).

It is anticipated that this award will be offered on an annual basis. The funds are to be used at the discretion the individual recipient to support their research program, not for use by the department. 

REQUIREMENTS

At the time of application, candidates will be faculty members within a department in the Duke University School of Medicine, prior to advancement to the rank of Associate Professor.
Candidates will be physician-scientists (M.D., D.O) who have completed clinical training (residency/fellowship) after receiving their doctoral degree.
Candidates will be pursuing outstanding laboratory-based research.

PROCESS

NIH-style Biosketch
Research proposal/Career development plans: Written summary of (1) past research experience, (2) future research proposal, (3) specific plans to transition to scientific independence (e.g., securing independent research funding, developing independent scientific program) (not to exceed 3 pages)
Two letters of reference, including one from the primary department chair

Application deadline is February 1, 2020. Proposals are submitted via Duke’s MyResearchProposal online submission system. To apply, visit http://bit.ly/myresearchproposal, click on “Create New User” or log in if you already have an account (do not create a 2nd account). 

THE APPLICATION PROCESS WILL OPEN MID-NOVEMBER, 2019.  Once open, the step-by-step user’s guide for applying via the MyResearchProposal software is as follows:
Enter Access Code ‘OPSD’ then select the “Strong Start 2020” funding opportunity and follow the instructions.
For questions concerning MyResearchProposal (passwords or system issues), please contact Anita Grissom or Brittany Sadler at myresearchproposal@duke.edu or 919-668-4774

Duke SCI-StARR (R38) Technician Support Award

Application deadline: November 25, 2019

 

The Duke Office of Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD) and the NIH R38 Duke SCI-StARR program are pleased to announce a request for applications for funding to support a laboratory technician or research assistant.

I. Purpose

Early career physician-scientists may face challenges with research productivity as they navigate both clinical and research training and responsibilities. This challenge may be ameliorated with the support of a laboratory technician or research assistant who can continue research activities while the physician-scientist is engaged in clinical activities. The intent of this RFA is to promote early career research productivity and continuity by providing funding to cover a portion of effort for a laboratory technician or research assistant who will be dedicated to the applicant’s research project.

Each award provides $25,000 for 1 year to cover a portion of the salary and associated fringe benefits for a laboratory technician or research assistant.  This award is renewable for an additional year with the demonstration of success in year 1 and need for year 2. This RFA is open to early career physician-scientists who are engaged in training as an R38 Scholar.

Proposals should include:

  • Applicant’s Biosketch
  • Research Summary (1- 2 pages)
  • Statement of need including a description of the impact technical support would have on the applicant’s ability to move their research forward
  • An overview of the applicant’s research plans
  • A timeline for research activities
  • Mentor statement including current support for the applicant’s project (1 page)
  • Plan for Technical Assistance (1/2-3/4 page)
  • Description of the technician’s responsibilities within the project,
  • Supervision plan, such as regular reports, meetings, etc., as well as plans for technical, safety, and regulatory training
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (using MOU template provided) signed by the applicant and the mentor/PI who will cover the remainder of the technician’s effort and indicating financial resources that will be used to cover the technician’s effort

II. Key Dates

  • Application Submission Deadline: November 25, 2019
  • Final Selection: January 31, 2020
  • Funding Period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

III. Eligibility

Applicants:

Only applicants who are currently an R38 scholar in the Duke School of Medicine are eligible to apply via this RFA.
Applicants must have completed at least six months as an R38 scholar OR must be within one year of completion as an R38 scholar

Technician:

The proposed technical support must be provided by a single person.  Such support may be provided by individuals in a number of job categories as long as it is appropriate to the proposed project and research environment including, but not limited to:

  • Laboratory technicians
  • Research assistants
  • Work-study students or other undergraduate students (with appropriate experience)
  • Clinical Research Specialist
  • Clinical Research Coordinator

The following are not eligible to be covered as technicians via this support mechanism:

  • Medical students
  • Other residents or fellows
  • PI/mentor or other faculty

IV. Funding

$25,000 applied directly to cover a percentage of a technician’s total effort (salary + fringe) with an expected hire/start date of July 1, 2020 and ending on June 30, 2021. The technician must be hired within 3 months of the award start; pre-identification of technician during the application period is strongly encouraged.

V. Selection Process and Review Criteria

Following submission, applications are reviewed by a committee composed of OPSD and R38 leadership. The Review Committee will consider the following criteria when reviewing and scoring applications:

  • Potential impact of technician support on applicant’s research trajectory
  • Scientific impact and potential for success of the proposed project
  • Appropriateness of timeline and Plan for Technical Assistance
  • Committment of PI/Mentor to provide funding and projects to cover the remainder of the technician’s effort

VI. Application Procedure

OPSD uses the MyResearchProposal online application software to submit applications.

To apply visit http://bit.ly/myresearchproposal, click on “Create New User” (or log in if you already have an account).

Enter Access Code ‘OPSD’ then select the “Technician Support Fall 2019” funding opportunity and follow the instructions.
For questions concerning MyResearchProposal (passwords or system issues), please contact Anita Grissom or Brittany Sadler at myresearchproposal@duke.edu or 919-668-4774
A step-by-step user’s guide for applying via the MyResearchProposal software is available - Please review the guide here.
Enter Access Code “OPSD” and follow the instructions.

Applicants will enter general project information via the web-based form or via pdf upload as indicated under proposal guidelines in Section 1.

VII. Budget Guidelines

No formal budget is required.  If a technician has been identified at the time of application, an indication of the amount of effort (including fringe benefits) that will be covered by the $25,000 award should be included in the “Plan for Technical Assistance” as indicated above in Section 1 and should be determined by your departmental business manager to include both salary and federal fringe for FY 2021. This award will be applied directly to the technician’s effort. Please note, if a technician has not been hired by the award date of July 1, 2020, the $25,000 must be distributed across the remaining months prior to June 30, 2021. No-cost extensions are not permitted and award money not spent by June 30, 2021 must be returned to the OPSD.

IX. Terms of the Award

Project Execution

Investigators agree to submit a detailed written report 12 months after the conclusion of the funding period as described below.  Technician support must be completed in the 12-month period; no-cost extensions are not permitted. However, awardees may apply for a second year of funding by completing and submitting an application.

Post-Award Reporting

OPSD tracks significant events resulting from the funding. Any significant events should be included in the final report. Investigators will be responsible for providing an annual report to OPSD detailing any acheivements linked to this award. Examples include:

Abstracts/presentations, manuscripts, published guidelines
Follow-on funding (e.g., grants from government or foundation sources, SBIR/STTR, angel and venture capital investment)
Milestones achieved in animal models or manufacturing
Patents
Translation of models to other geographical areas
Translation of models to other therapeutic areas
Agreements with partners and strategic collaborators to translate the research
Commercialization (e.g. new intellectual property, license, commercial partnerships, start-up company)
Translation to clinical studies
Direct-to-consumer interactions (e.g. apps) 

When requested, all awardees will be expected to provide updates of publications and other successes that originated from the award. 

 

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information on this funding opportunity, please contact opsd@dm.duke.edu