The BRIght Futures Prizes support investigators across the Brigham Research Institute (BRI) as they work to answer provocative questions or solve grand problems. This Fund, which is supported philanthropically, and the work it sponsors advances the mission of the BRI by catalyzing the kind of innovative translational research that is only possible at an academic medical center, where basic researchers and clinicians work side by side. The fifth BRIght Futures Prize, in the amount of $100,000, will be presented at the annual Discover Brigham event on Wed, Nov 7th, 2018. The BRIght Futures Prize generates excitement and visibility for the BRI among the BWH research community as well as external visibility for BWH research and innovation – with patients, donors and the world. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of a BWH strategic and scientific review. Finalists will be selected based on input from a BWH review committee and recommendations from the BRI Research Oversight Committee (ROC). Ultimate selection will be based on the results of an online voting process open to anybody within and outside of BWH including the lay public around the world.
- This year’s BRIght Futures RFA, which has a deadline of 5/23/18, will be open to all scientific themes.
- A faculty committee with expertise in the areas relevant to the submitted applications will review proposals; up to six semi finalists will be invited to present their proposals at the July 26th BRI Research Oversight Committee meeting. The ROC will select up to four finalists based on these presentations.
- Materials (webpage with videos, a mailer) will be prepared for finalists and the online voting will be open during the months of August – October. Outreach may include a mailer, web, social media as well as internal promotion. The entire world is welcome to cast a vote for which project should get the $100K.
- The winner will be at Discover Brigham, November 7th, 2018.