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COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists

We are writing to announce a request for applications for supplemental research support from early-career physician-scientists who face significant caregiving demands. The goal of the program is to retain such scientists in the research enterprise. Funding is provided by the COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists at Yale School of Medicine (COVID-19 FRCS) funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through the COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists collaborative and the Yale School of Medicine. Our process will consider the degree of demonstrated caregiving burden and prioritize applicants with limited access to other resources such as institutional support packages. Funds can be used to “buy out” clinical obligations or to hire additional research staff to optimize research activities. Applicants must have a compelling, time-sensitive need for the funds to regain research momentum because of increased family caregiving responsibilities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically, this would be childcare, partner care, and/or eldercare, but applicants may make the case for other reasonable family caregiving responsibilities.

Key Dates

  • Application due date: October 31, 2022
  • Earliest anticipated start date: December 1, 2022


  • Applicants must have a full-time faculty appointment at the Yale School of Medicine as Assistant Professor or Instructor at the time of the award.
  • Applicants may not have been a faculty member for more than 10 years by the anticipated start date of December 1, 2022. The 10-year period is cumulative and includes all appointments as assistant professor, associate research scientist, lecturer, or instructor at any institution (any part-time appointments and leaves of absence should be described and will be considered in calculating the total time at a faculty rank).
  • Applicants must have an MD or a DO degree and must have a current US medical license.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a compelling need for the supplement that is related to being a caregiver.
  • Applicants must have an active intra or extramural career development award or research project grant with annual direct costs sufficient to provide both research and salary support. Internal start-up funds do not satisfy this requirement.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 50% effort allocation to research at the time of application.
  • Applicants must show evidence of strong research training and productivity.
  • Applicants must be conducting an original and rigorous clinical research project that has the potential to address a health issue that poses a significant clinical burden (with considerable morbidity and mortality, whether it is a rare or common condition) and that has potential for societal benefit. Clinical research is defined as the scientific investigation of the etiology, prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of human disease using human subjects, human populations, or materials of human origin. Included in the definition are studies that utilize tissues or pathogens only if they can be linked to a patient.
  • Previous awardees may request a second year of support in select circumstances if well-justified and if previously awarded funds have been expended by the anticipated start date.

Award Information

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