The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has announced grants totaling $12.5 million to address a shortage of physician-scientists in the United States and Canada.
Through its new Physician-Scientist Institutional Award, the fund will award $500,000 annually over five years to five institutions to create programs that address training gaps and issues in the physician-scientist pipeline. The first five recipients are Stanford University, the University of Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt University, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center-Dallas, and Duke University.
Over the past decade, the declining number of physician-scientists has been a focus area for BWF, which offers a competitive grant program, Career Award for Medical Scientists, that provides funding for the transition from postdoctoral study to a tenure-track faculty position.
"The physician-scientist shortage is not a new challenge and its complexity has increased as biomedical science has evolved," said BWF president John Burris. "We sought to address the need by helping institutions create new and novel training programs that can become models for others to replicate."