Research Sundry Fund Program

The office of the Brigham Health President, in concert with BH Department Chairs, has made funds available beginning in FY20 to support a new program to establish or contribute to research sundry funds for BWH investigators who obtain multi-year non-mentored NIH grants. No application is required; monies will be available for awards made on or after October 1, 2019.

2020 WBI Pilot Projects Grant Program

Women’s Brain Initiative (WBI) | BWH Program for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience
Amount: Three one-year grants, with direct costs up to $50,000
Deadline: December 15, 2019
Indirect Cost: 15%
Summary: The WBI Pilot Projects Grant Program is geared to junior investigators at the Brigham,
including postdoctoral research fellows, clinical fellows, instructors and assistant
professors within 3 years of their AP appointment. The overall aim of the Women’s Brain Initiative (WBI) is to help advance our understanding of 1) how biological sex may affect risk, progression or treatment of neurologic and psychiatric disorders, as well as 2) how female-specific factors and life transitions may influence brain health.

UMass Boston – Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Partnership

UMass Boston – Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) Comprehensive Partnership to Advance Cancer Health Equity Grant
(A) Pilot Projects: Up to $100,000 in direct costs for one-year
(B): Seed Projects: Up to $30,000 in direct costs for 6-12 months
Deadline: December 20, 2019, 11:59PM (LOI)
Summary: The goal is to improve cancer-related research, training, and outreach opportunities for under-represented minority (URM) students, fellows, and early stage investigators; and develop information and resources toward closing the cancer disparities gap.

Blavatnik Therapeutics Challenge Awards

Blavatnik Family Foundation
Amount: Up to $1,000,000 in total over 2 years
Deadline: December 20, 2019 (pre-proposals)
Indirect costs: 15%
Summary: The intent of the Blavatnik Therapeutics Challenge Awards is to accelerate the development of therapeutics throughout HMS and its affiliated hospitals, with the goal of achieving licensable intellectual property and creating new companies within a two-year time frame. The awards program will help investigators overcome obstacles to commercial translation by funding promising technologies and positioning them to attract venture and industry partners. Awards will include significant financial resources in addition to business development, commercialization and project management expertise.

Sight & Science: Vision Research from Diverse Fields

Harvard Clinical & Translational Science Center
Amount: Up to $50,000 in pilot funding
Deadline: January 10, 2020
Summary: Investigators across Harvard University and its affiliated academic healthcare centers are encouraged to apply for the following pilot funding opportunities. The goal of these opportunities is to further our understanding of vision to benefit those at risk for experiencing vision challenges and conditions

Pilot Program #1: Harvard Catalyst Opportunity – Broad Areas of Vision-Related Research

Pilot Program #2: External Funding Opportunity – Specific Areas of Vision-Related Research

2020 Osher Pilot Research Grants

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Amount: $25,000 – $50,000

Deadline: January 15, 2020 (LOI)

Indirect Cost: 15%

Summary: The Osher Pilot Research Grants provide seed grants to support collaborative projects consistent within the Osher Center thematic areas of musculoskeletal health, healthy aging, and mind-body exercise. The purpose of this program is to provide early funding for innovative projects in the field of integrative medicine including basic, translational, and clinical research.
For questions about eligibility and the application process, please contact the Osher Center Program Manager at: Phone: (617) 525-8737 | E-mail:
BWH Center for Diversity & Inclusion
Amount: $100,000 paid out annual at $20,000 over a 5-year period
Deadline: Friday, January 17, 2020

Summary: Established in 1996, the MFCDA is granted annually to an early-career underrepresented in medicine (URM) trainee or faculty member. It is designed to assist them in supporting their work and career progression at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at Harvard Medical School.

Stepping Strong Explorer Grants

Amount: Up to $2,000
Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis
Eligibility: Health care professionals seeking learning opportunities, including post-docs, residents, clinical fellows and medical students who are part of the Partners system
Summary: The awards provide funding to health care professionals and learners to help them develop their knowledge, networks and understanding of traumatic injury and identify subjects where they can pursue research and treatment ideas.