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.

BWH Center for Diversity & Inclusion
Amount: $100,000 paid out annual at $20,000 over a 5-year period
Deadline: Monday, January 20, 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.

2020 Osher Pilot Research Grants

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Amount: $25,000 – $50,000

Deadline: January 24, 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:
Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology
Amount: Two one-year grants of $25,000 direct costs
Deadline: Cover sheet due February 3, 2020
Indirect Cost: Applicable indirect rate of 15%
Summary: The goal of the Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Stress Program of Research (WHISPR) is to advance our understanding of how physiological and psychological stress affect women’s health and disease, and vice versa, by supporting pilot projects, facilitating interactions among WHISPR investigators and other stress researchers, and hosting an annual scientific symposium for the BWH academic community. The scope of proposed research includes clinical, translational, population, and basic research studies investigating interactions of physiologic indicators of stress (e.g., adrenergic, immune, neural, endocrine) and stress exposures (e.g., trauma, adversity, cognitive, affective) with women’s health and disease.
Human Skin Disease Resource Center at BWH and HMS
Amount: Visiting Scholar Grants: $15,000 (3 offered each year) amd Translation Accelerator Grants: $30,000 (2 offered each year)
Deadline: February 18, 2020
Summary: The Human Skin Disease Resource Center (HSDRC) at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School provides access to human tissues and cutting edge human analytic techniques to investigators at any institution who wish to carry out research on human skin disease. We seek proposals for two grant programs, listed below, which have the goal of encouraging new research in human skin disease. All investigators proposing human-based skin disease studies are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to young investigators, to those seeking to confirm mouse studies in humans, and investigators new to human skin disease research.
Visiting Scholar Grants: These $15,000 grants bring investigators physically into the Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, for a stay of 1-6 months for the purposes of hands-on training in human skin disease research. Three $15,000 grants will be offered each year and funds can be used for Center services and supplies. Awardees salary during their stay will be paid by their home institution.
Translation Accelerator Grants: These $30,000 grants will be awarded to individuals at any institution with the purpose of supporting human skin disease research. Proposed research would be carried out at least in part using Center services and will address an important question in human skin disease research. Two $30,000 grants will be offered each year and funds can be used for Center services, supplies or salary support.
Center for Bioethics Harvard Medical School
Deadline: March 2, 2020 11:59PM
Summary: The Fellowship in Bioethics is a one-year, part-time program designed for those with a serious interest in bioethics who wish to further their knowledge of the history, philosophical underpinnings, and contemporary practice of bioethics. Over the course of the program, bioethics fellows explore their interests through weekly Friday morning seminars on current and emerging bioethical issues, and through individual projects.
Department of Dermatology
Amount: A stipend equivalent to the PGY level and $1,000 travel funds
Deadline: March 15, 2020
Summary: The Department of Dermatology is seeking candidates for post-doctoral training in biomedical research. We will have positions available on our NIH Training Grant for this funding period. Funding is available, starting before April 30th, 2020 for one year, with the expectation for renewal for a second year of funding. Candidates must be willing to commit at least two years to postdoctoral training. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and should be committed to an academic career. Preference is given to Dermatology trained physician scientists.
The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and the BWH Program in Precision Medicine
Amount: May fund one grant at a maximum of $100K (including 15% indirect costs) for one year
Deadline: March 16, 2020, 5:00PM EDT
Eligibility: Targeted to junior investigators: postdoctoral research fellows, clinical fellows, Instructors or Assistant Professors within 2 years of their appointment
Summary: The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (Broad Institute) and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Program in Precision Medicine invites applications for the 2020 cycle of the Sperling Family Fellowship. The purpose of this funding program is to provide resources for innovative projects with the goal of leveraging the strengths of two world-renowned institutions— the superb clinical care, expert bioinformatics, and rich data sources of BWH, and the basic science, computational, and genomics sophistication of the Broad Institute – to advance a translational research project with the potential to transform how we care for patients.

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.