University of Southern California


Limited Submission

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation – Clinical Investigator Award


The Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award supports young physician-scientists conducting patient-oriented cancer research. The goal is to increase the number of physicians capable of moving seamlessly between the laboratory and the patient’s bedside in search of breakthrough treatments.

The Clinical Investigator Award responds to three recognized realities:

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation’s award offers solutions to these realities. The awardee will receive financial support for three years, as well as assistance with certain research costs such as the purchase of equipment. The Foundation will also retire up to $100,000 of any medical school debt still owed by the awardee.

Building on the long-term success of the Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellowships, the creation of the Clinical Investigator Award is a logical extension of the Foundation’s overall mission to defeat cancer. The Clinical Investigator Award program is specifically intended to provide outstanding young physicians with the resources and training structure essential to becoming successful clinical investigators.

Program Information

Institutional Limit

Limit of three applications per organization.


Internal: Internal deadline has passed.  Contact the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center if interested.
Full Proposal: 2/15/2012

Nomination Process

This program is by invitation only.  Institutionally approved candidates must be from the Keck School of Medicine or the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Interested faculty must contact the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center for details on the selection process and internal deadline.  Contact: Janet Villarmia, Associate Director for Administration and Education (323-865-0801;