To be eligible for Mayo Clinic's Benefactor-Funded Research Career Development Awards, candidates must hold one of the following appointments as of Jan. 1, 2020:

  • Associate consultant
  • Senior associate consultant
  • Consultant
  • Mayo Clinic Scholar
  • Research associate

Candidates from any Mayo Clinic site and any department or division are eligible to apply for these awards, unless the award specifies otherwise. Awards restricted to practicing clinicians are available only to applicants who actively see patients in a clinical appointment. Basic and translational scientists with expertise in cell, molecular or physiological science and interest in understanding the basic mechanisms of the stated disease are encouraged to apply.

Individuals are not eligible if, as of Jan. 1, 2020, they:

  • Hold the position of research scientist, research fellow, resident or clinical fellow
  • Hold extramural funding in excess of $200,000 in annual directs (excluding industry funding)
  • Completed a terminal research degree or postgraduate clinical training, whichever date is later, more than 10 years ago
  • Receive substantial intramural program support (defined as $100,000 or more and including salary support) from any intramural source, including the Mayo Clinic Research Committee, Department of Development, transformational centers or research centers
  • Are a career scientist or clinician investigator with a salary line position
  • Hold career development awards of $100,000 a year or more in total funding through the Benefactor-Funded Research Career Development Awards program
  • Have already received five years of funding through the Benefactor-Funded Research Career Development Awards program
  • Have the academic rank of professor

New for the 2020 application cycle

Established investigators (those who have completed a terminal research degree or postgraduate clinical training more than 10 years ago, hold the academic rank of professor, or both) may submit an application emphasizing how the award would assist them in pursuing a substantial change in research career direction.

Career development plans are required for applications from established investigators. The plan should focus on how the proposed research is a change in direction and how the funding will assist in the success of the change in direction.

A mentor's letter is optional but encouraged.