The unmet need for philanthropic funding of early career cardiovascular investigators.


Journal Article

Philanthropic donations have funded scientific investigations of cardiovascular disease for much of human history, and the patrons who enabled them are indirectly responsible for major breakthroughs in the field. Today, however, the lion's share of funding for cardiovascular research in Western countries comes from the government, professional agencies, and industry. Rapid budget cuts at these traditional sources of financial support are having a devastating impact on the cardiovascular research infrastructure by slashing funding for investigators. A particularly unfortunate consequence is the discouraging effect this is having on early career investigators, who are the life-blood of future breakthroughs in the field, leading to the potential loss of an entire generation of researchers. Here, we summarize the challenges faced by emerging cardiovascular investigators, make a case for the unmet need for appropriately targeted philanthropic support for cardiovascular research, and provide a roadmap for solving the funding shortfall for these investigators.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ahmad, T; Becker, RC

Published Date

  • May 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 527 - 531

PubMed ID

  • 24214318

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24214318

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-742X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11239-013-1016-7


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands