Internal Funding


This budget template is required for all BRI and Stepping Strong funding opportunities.


PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications for many of the opportunities listed below and owing to the fact that our review process utilizes the generous services of volunteer faculty reviewers, we will likely not be able to provide any feedback on individual projects submitted in response to these RFAs. 


Partners Innovation Discovery Grants (IDG)

Innovation Discovery Grants Program

Amount: Up to $100,000

Deadline: September 25, 2019, 11:59PM EST

Indirect Cost: Applicants may request up to $100,000 total cost (inclusive of 15% indirect costs)

Summary: Do you have a technology or innovation that needs funding to make it commercially viable? Partners HealthCare has renewed this grant program to stimulate new inventive concepts, identify areas of commercially significant scientific strength, and accelerate the creation of new products from the innovations of all Partners faculty and employees.

For further information, please review the Program Guidelines, the Review Criteria, and the Pre-proposal Form. Format requirements for pre-proposals are included in the form itself.

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.

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.


Connors Center Ignite Awards

Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology

Amount: Two $50,000 awards will be distributed

Deadline: October 1, 2019, 12PM (LOI)

Indirect Cost: Award will be inclusive of indirect costs

Summary: The goal of the IGNITE Awards program is to advance understanding of female-specific and sex-differentiated effects in novel therapeutics. IGNITE investigations are important components of the Connors Center’s emerging First-in-Women Precision Medicine Platform. First-in-Women is a translational research platform which will advance the inclusion and specific investigation of women in studies of the development and utilization of new drugs, devices, and digital therapeutics in order to produce sex-specific knowledge about treatments aimed for both men and women.

Research Fellowship in Integrative Medicine 

Harvard Medical School (HMS)
Deadline: October 1, 2019
Summary: The Harvard Medical School Research Fellowship in Integrative Medicine is a NIH-funded three year joint program of Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospitals. The program accepts postdoctoral candidates including physicians, anthropologists, health behaviorists, sociologists, psychologists and integrative medicine (IM) providers with doctoral degrees who are interested in research training towards academic careers in integrative medicine.


2020 Harvard/TH Chan Yerby Fellowship

Deadline: October 25, 2019
Summary: Named for Dr. Alonzo Smythe Yerby, an African-American pioneer in public health, this program aims to expand the diversity of those entering the academic public health field


Request for Proposals: Preclinical Imaging Pilot Grants
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until December 12, 2019

Free scan time is available for BWH researchers in order to acquire preclinical imaging data to use in external grant submissions. Modalities available include: MRI, microPET, microCT, and in-vivo optical imaging. SAIL scientific support personnel will help investigators design an appropriate pilot study and acquire the images. This opportunity is funded by a NextGen collaborative grant from the Brigham Research Institute (BRI).
Funding is not provided for animals and housing. An approved IACUC protocol will be required before the start of experiments, but is not required prior to submission of an application. Assistance with initiating and amending IACUC protocols to include imaging is offered. More information…

SAIL Online Pilot Application

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: