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Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists at the Yale School of Medicine (FRCS)

Made possible through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The goal of this unique and exciting program is to retain early-career physician-scientists in research. The FRCS Program provides research funds to a select number of junior physician-scientists who are strongly committed to careers in clinical research, are engaged in funded research, and have a compelling need for the award in order to maintain research productivity in the face of extraordinary caregiving needs. The awards are given to researchers engaged in high quality research who may need additional support to manage caregiving needs as they make their way to the next step of their careers.  Yale is one of the few centers in the country that were selected for this timely and important award.

Key Dates

  • Application due date: September 16, 2019 
  • Earliest anticipated start date: November 1, 2019


Applicants must be full-time Yale faculty at the level of Assistant Professor, Instructor, or have an MD or DO degree, a current medical license, and have some clinical responsibilities. Applicants must be PI on their own sponsored research project or career development award. Applicants must have a compelling need for the award in order to maintain research productivity in the face of caregiving needs for children, elders or other family members with an illness or other extraordinary situation. Please see the 2019 RFA for additional eligibility information and for examples of substantial caregiving needs.

Award Information

Applicants may request up to $50,000 for a one-year award. Funds may be used to support a funded clinical research project, but may not support new projects, new research aims, or in any way duplicate pre-existing funding. See the 2019 RFA for additional details.


Applications are due on September 16, 2019 at 5 pm and are to be submitted via an online questionnaire. Please pay careful attention to all application instructions and required submission templates.


Please see the links below to all documents and online questionnaires.