The PCD Foundation and GDMCC Early Career Investigator Award is designed to support promising physician-scientists and clinical investigators with a commitment to research in primary ciliary dyskinesia to develop into independent biomedical researchers. The award is open to senior fellows and junior faculty intended to facilitate the transition from postdoctoral fellowship training to a career in academic medicine. The proposed research must be relevant to the PCD Foundation mission and to the health and well-being of patients with primary ciliary dyskinesia.

Funding Amount
The award provides support for one year at a level of up to $40,000 in annual direct costs for one year (indirect costs are not allowable). Support is based on a full-time, 12-month appointment.

Candidates must be U.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents and employed at an institution in the U.S. or Canada.

Early career faculty (before associate professor) and senior fellows are eligible to apply. Supplementation of salary from other sources is allowable

Application Materials

  • Scientific Abstract (250 word limit)
  • Lay Abstract (250 word limit)
  • NIH Biographical Sketch(es) for project personnel (including research mentor, if applicable)
  • Facilities/Equipment Statement
  • Research Plan (five single-sided pages, 0.5’’ margins, Arial 12-point, single spaced, not including the literature cited)
  • Applicant Career Development Plans and Professional Goals (1 page)

Application materials should be combined into a single pdf in the order above and emailed to with the subject line as “PCDF & GDMCC Early Career Investigator Award Application.”

Review and Selection Process
Members of the Pilot and Feasibility Project and Career Enhancement working groups of the GDMCC will evaluate all applications. Each proposal will be scored based on the significance, innovation, approach, investigators, and environment of the proposed work. Funding of awards will be based on the priority score awarded each application and the recommendations of the committee. Relevance of the proposed study to issues in primary ciliary dyskinesia will also be considered in determining awards.

All research awards are subject to observance of PCD Foundation and GDMCC policies and are contingent upon the availability of funds.

An application will be considered incomplete if it fails to comply with the instructions, or if the submitted material is insufficient to permit adequate review.

Applications are due August 1st, 2020. Funding decisions are expected in October/November 2020 with funding distributed in January 2021.