ASTRO-ACS Clinician Scientist Development Grant (CSDG)


The American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) have partnered to co-fund one Clinician Scientist Development Grant (CSDG). The goal of the ASTRO-ACS CSDG is to foster the research career of a clinician scientist in radiation oncology.

The investigator selected for funding will be required to become a member of ASTRO prior to grant activation.

Grant Overview

The Clinician Scientist Development Grant (CSDG) supports junior faculty members in becoming independent investigators as clinician scientists. This grant is designed for people trained primarily as clinicians who want to maintain clinical practice and conduct cancer research. Specifically for this RFA in partnership with ASTRO, the applicant must be in the radiation oncology field.


Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

You ARE eligible to submit a proposal if you:

  • Work at a US academic institution or eligible non-profit
  • Have a clinical doctoral degree (e.g., MD, DO, DDS, DNP, DSW, PharmD, PsyD, DVM etc.) with an active license to provide clinical care. Applicants may also hold dual degrees.
  • Are a Medical Physicist (MS or PhD) with a clinical license 
  • Are within the first 6 years of starting a full-time faculty appointment
  • Have had LESS than 3 years of mentored post-doctoral research training or experience. All time spent in mentored postdoctoral research training, including time spent in institutional career development awards, counts toward the 3-year limit. Time spent in clinical-only training is not counted.* 
  • Have NOT had an individual NIH K-type grant, such as an NIHKt07, K08, or K23. (Applicants may have completed institutional career development awards, such as NIHK12.)
  • Have NOT had an R-level grant as PI 


Awards may be for 3 to 5 years (depending on the amount of mentored post-doctoral research training the applicant has had) with $135,000 a year for direct costs, plus 8% allowable indirect costs. 

Goes to proposalCENTRAL. Find "ASTRO Clinician Scientist Development Grant."

* To ask about exemptions due to personal or professional leave, at least 6 weeks before the application deadline, send your questions to grant.eligibility@cancer.org and ASTRO's Department of Scientific Affairs at science@astro.org