Clinical Research Programs for High School Students

Posted by on June 27, 2011

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Announces New Grant Competition to Establish Clinical Research Programs for High School Students
Deadline: June 30, 2011 (Letters of Intent)

In an effort to help address the need for more diversity in the clinical research workforce, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced a new program that will establish clinical research experiences for minority high school students at universities, medical schools, and research institutes across the United States.

The foundation has committed a total of $1.56 million to the new program, the Doris Duke Clinical Research Experiences for High School Students. Up to eight grants of $194,400 over three years ($60,000 per year in direct costs, $4,800 in indirect costs) will be made to universities, medical schools, or research institutes with an existing high school research program. Grant funds must be used to add a clinically relevant, mentored research component as well as enrichment activities. In addition, DDCF funds will support mentor honoraria, personnel, recruitment, and outreach costs, plus stipends for up to ten students per year, per institution.

For the purposes of the program, DDCF considers minorities as individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, including Native Americans and Alaska Natives, African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that may have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research.

Applicant institutions must have an existing program that provides research experiences for high school students. Institutions accepting and administering any DDCF award must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must not be a private foundation or a Type III supporting organization as defined in Section 509(a) of the code.

Complete program information and Request for Letters of Intent instructions are available at the DDCF Web site.

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