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Medical Research

What We Support

The Medical Research Program’s primary goal is to advance the translation of biomedical discoveries into applications that improve human health through the support of clinical research. To accomplish this objective, we support clinical research through the development of clinical research careers and the advancement of biomedical research and innovation.

Development of Clinical Research Careers 

The foundation supports the development of clinical investigators through the following competitive awards: 

Advancement of Biomedical Research and Innovation

The foundation supports innovative approaches to clinical research in targeted disease areas through the following competitive award: 

How We Define Clinical Research 

Clinical research involves 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. 


Areas Not Funded 

In general, the Medical Research Program does not fund unsolicited research projects or capital projects; projects outside the primary grantmaking strategies; institutions outside the United States; or research that uses animals, in keeping with the wishes expressed in Doris Duke's will.