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School of Medicine receives funding to support researchers with COVID-19-related care

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The UC Davis School of Medicine has successfully pursued new funding opportunities to provide research funds to early career biomedical researchers working on clinical research projects and facing extra-professional demands of care delivery increased by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and its funding partner – the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the School of Medicine has received a $500,000 award that will support 10 faculty members. Appropriate support from the School of Medicine, UC Davis Health Academic Personnel and the UC Davis MIND Institute will provide program support and funding for an additional four faculties. Each will receive a $50,000 supplement to increase research productivity and enable them to participate in small-group mentoring, professional development.

Melissa Bauman (left) and Colleen Clancy (right)

The successful application, “A New Program to Identify, Support, and Retain Clinical Scientists Affected by Pandemic Care Challenges,” was developed by Melissa Bauman, professor and director of UC Davis Health’s Women in Medicine and Health Sciences and Colleen Clancy, professor and associate vice chancellor for academic staff, acting as co-director.

“COVID-19 has highlighted the challenges of scientists who also have care responsibilities,” Bauman said. “We hope this funding will help us retain promising scientists who will take care of themselves at home and support their research productivity.”

Working with fellow UC Davis faculty members, Bauman and Clancy will identify a diverse pool of potential candidates. They will work with other diversity, equality and inclusion colleagues to ensure that individuals from underrepresented groups, especially people of color, members of the LGBTQIA community and parents of children with special needs, are encouraged to apply. The scholarships are administered by the UC Davis MIND Institute, where Bauman is a faculty member.

“As a result of the pandemic, we have seen a compelling and time-sensitive need for many aspiring physician scientists and biomedical researchers to regain momentum lost to COVID-19-related healthcare tasks,” Bauman said. “At UC Davis, we are committed to supporting our aspiring physician scientists and are excited to partner with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to support all applicants and ensure research equality.”

At UC Davis, we are committed to supporting our aspiring physician scientists and are excited to partner with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to support all applicants and ensure research equality.Melissa Bauman

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and its funding partners have come together to offer grants for US medical schools that are developing to strengthen policies, practices, and processes to support research productivity and retain early career educators with family care responsibilities . These grants are also designed to augment institutional efforts to normalize informal care as part of their activities in support of physician scientists and their wider early career faculty.

“The results of our program will be systematically evaluated and shared with the wider community through peer-reviewed publications,” said Clancy. “We expect this program to not only positively impact the careers of award winners, but also contribute to our long-term goal of creating an environment that supports caregivers.”

Applications will be placed in December and no later than January 15, 2022. For more information, please contact Anurupa Kar [email protected]