2018-2019 Application Solicitation
The UNC School of Medicine Caregivers at Carolina program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (“DDCF”) is accepting applications from physician scientists who are facing extraprofessional caregiving responsibilities. Funding is available for up to $40,000 per year for one to two years to provide direct research support (e.g., technician time; grant writing support) or buy out of clinical time so that the scientist may maintain research productivity during a transient period when caregiving demands are high. The program will also provide access to mentoring and career development resources.
An Email of Intent is required.
- Email a letter of intent directly to Erica_Nouri@med.unc.edu by Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 before 5 p.m. EST.
Applications are now being accepted and are due on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 before 5 p.m. EST.
- Physician Scientist (M.D. or D.O.) at the Assistant Professor or Instructor rank with full time appointment in the UNC School of Medicine with an active U.S. Medical License.
- PI on extramurally funded research or career development award (not including site PI roles for clinical trials) that involves clinical research. 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 if they can be linked to a patient.
- Current, substantial caregiving demands which would typically include, but are not limited to, caring for young children, children who have special needs, a sick family member, or eldercare.
- Funds may not be used for salary bridge funding.
- Sources of salary support must be clearly stated in either the applicant’s CV or in the application.
- If requested, IRB approval notification for project(s) mentioned in submitted application.
- Willingness to complete two required questionnaires on demographics, job characteristics and perceptions of your work environment and well-being. These de-identified data as well as information on promotion and retention will be shared with the DDCF.
- Applicants must be available to participate in program activities held at the UNC SOM
Application Materials to be compiled into one pdf file:
[** All documents must be typed in Arial at a font size of 11. Margins, in all directions, must be one inch.]
- Two- page (maximum) description of the candidate’s background, research training, current research and funding, planned research, and career goals.
- Curriculum vitae.
- One page (maximum) statement of need with specific detail on the nature and extent of caregiving (e.g., type of care, how much) and examples of the impact the caregiving has on the candidate’s research productivity.
- One page proposal on how the funds would be used, with a budget, and career development milestone that would be achieved with the funds (e.g., grant submitted, research results published). A second year of funding may be requested but will be contingent on meeting the milestones outlined for the first year.
In addition, in a separate document sent directly from the candidate’s chair or division chief, the application must include:
- Letter of support from department chair defining the institutional commitment to the applicant, guarantee of protected research time (current and proposed); specific details regarding hours/week for non-research activities; and significance of candidate’s research and future research potential.
Review Process and Criteria:
Applications will be reviewed by an independent committee and evaluated for:
- Research training, productivity and evidence that the candidate is on a clear trajectory to an independent research career
- Need/justification related to caregiving
- Public health significance of the candidate’s clinical research project
- Support of the department chair/division chief, including statement of protected research time
- Detailed plan for the funds, including budget.
Please submit application materials to Erica_Nouri@med.unc.edu