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. 


The Football Players Health Study at Harvard University

Application Deadline: April 14, 2019
Funding: Up to $100,000
The Football Players Health Study at Harvard University is soliciting proposals for innovative “HealthTech” solutions to improve the health of former and/or current professional football players. Successfully funded awards, up to $100,000, will have an emphasis on improving health by applying a technology to either prevent or treat a medical condition with high prevalence among American style football players such as sleep apnea, cardiometabolic and cardiovascular disease, neurocognitive impairment, musculoskeletal injury, or chronic pain.


Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Training Grant

Application Deadline: April 8, 2019
Indirect Overhead Rate: Not Applicable
The Harvard-wide BIRCWH training grant is titled, “Hormones and Genes in Women’s Health: From Bench to Bedside.” We are pleased to invite applications for an MD or PhD/ScD to develop an academic career in women’s health and sex differences in medicine. Specifically, this NIH-sponsored training grant will support scholars involved in investigating the impact of hormones and/or genes in understanding sex differences in vulnerabilities to clinical disorders and those disorders specific to women. Potential Scholars investigating socioenvironmental factors modulating the impact of hormones and genes in understanding these sex-specific vulnerabilities will also be considered. Scholars will be sponsored for 2-3 years of mentored research with Harvard faculty in basic, translational, or clinical aspects of research in women’s health, which can be combined, if applicable, with clinical work in the Scholar’s specialty. Successful applicants will have prior relevant research training in research methodology, potential to obtain independent research funding, evidence of publication in peer-reviewed journals, and a faculty appointment at the level of Instructor or Assistant Professor. Applications from women and minorities are highly encouraged and desired.
Submit application materials to Kwan Qauch


2019 Postdoctoral Scholar Award for Excellence in Mentoring

2019 Postdoctoral Scholar Award for Excellence in Mentoring
Nomination deadline: April 12, 2019
Amount: 2 travel awards of $1000
The BWH Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Mentoring Circles Program (MCP) and the Office of Research Careers (ORC) are seeking nominations for the 2019 Postdoctoral Scholar in Mentoring Award. This award recognizes exceptional postdoctoral fellows’ who dedicate time and energy to mentoring fellow postdocs in research projects and/or career development. To nominate, write statement of support (500 word limit) that gives one or more examples of how this postdoc has impacted you as a mentor. Nominations should be submitted to
Application Deadline: May 5, 2019
Funding: Each Fellow will be awarded $50,000 per annum (direct funding cost) for two years, plus the applicable indirect rate of 15%.
For link for request for proposals click here.
The Women’s Brain Initiative (WBI) is pleased to invite proposals for its 2019 Research Fellowship Program. The WBI Fellowship Selection Committee will select two WBI Fellows.
  • A doctoral degree (e.g., MD, PhD) and a member of the BWH research community
  • A junior investigator (postdoctoral research fellow; clinical fellow; Instructor; Assistant Professor within 3 years of Assistant Professor appointment)
  • Women’s brain health is the focus of the research proposal.
  • Junior investigators, with primary appointment at another Partners HealthCare Academic Medical Center, are eligible to submit applications, with a letter of support from a Brigham-based collaborator who is integral to the proposed work and if the related research activities will be conducted at the Brigham.


DF/HCC Prostate Cancer Spore Request for Proposals
Application Deadline: 1 April, 2019

The DF/HCC Prostate Cancer Program seeks research project proposals for potential inclusion in a 5-year Specialized Program on Research Excellence (SPORE) grant. Applicants must be faculty at Harvard Medical School at the level of Assistant Professor or higher. The proposed research can be basic or clinical, but bench-to-bedside and bedside-to-bench strategies need to be addressed, since the purpose of this program is to promote translational research in prostate cancer. All basic research supported by the SPORE must have a plan for translation into application or studies in humans within the 5 years of grant proposal. In order to facilitate this translation, projects should be co-led by a basic and a clinically oriented scientist.

Click here to read more.
Please submit proposals in PDF format by Monday, April 1, 2019 to Joan Coraccio with copies to Himisha Beltran and Steven Balk


KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training (CMeRIT) Award
Application Deadline: 28 March, 2019, 5:00PM

The KL2/CMeRIT program offers advanced training through educational activities and mentored research for senior fellows and junior faculty in clinical and translational research. The award provides two years of salary support at 50-75% of the awardee’s institutional salary base within NIH guidelines. Please see the RFA for application instructions and detailed eligibility requirements.
Click here for the RFA


Dermatology NIH Training Grant 2019
Applications due: April 29, 2018

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 the upcoming funding period. Funding is anticipated to be available July 1st, 2019 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.

Funding includes a stipend equivalent to the PGY level and $1,000 travel funds. (Please note: Host laboratories are responsible for paying any difference in salary between Partners clinical PGY level and NIH PGY stipend level from non-NIH funds.) The 12-month period of funding will begin on the effective appointment date to the Training Grant.

All interested candidates are asked to submit:
• A completed application form. Click here for application form
• A brief research proposal including references (not to exceed 5 pages)
• CV or NIH biosketch
• Letter of reference/support from the faculty mentor
Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply

An electronic application is preferred. Please submit to:
Thomas S. Kupper, PI, via by email:

If you have any questions, please contact Tanya Kershaw at


Request for Proposals: Preclinical Imaging Pilot Grants
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until 12 December 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.
Click here for more information
Click here for the SAIL Online Pilot Application


VERITY Pilot & Feasibility Research Award Announcement
Award Application Due: 1 May, 2019 at 5:00PM ET
Funding: $20,000

VERITY (Value and Evidence in Rheumatology using bioInformaTics, and advanced analYtics) is a NIAMS-funded P30 awarded to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Within its first year of infancy, VERITY has gained momentum in the rheumatic and musculo-skeletal research world. Not only has it established three cores (Administrative, Bioinformatics and Methodology cores) and the VERITY/Brigham Course in Rheumatology Clinical Research under the P30, it has also launched the VERITY Pilot & Feasibility (P&F) Research Award. This award is a NIAMS-supported $20,000 grant that is aimed at providing seed funding for new projects as well as to offer an opportunity to the VERITY Research Community to develop skills in proposal preparation. All applicants must be a member of the VERITY research community and the selection committee will favor VERITY young investigators (rank of Assistant Professor or below) who have not been awarded an R01 grant or equivalent.
Click here to learn more information on VERITY and the P&F Research Award


2019 NORCH Pilot & Feasibility Grants
Application due: 1 April, 2019, 5:00PM
Funding: $30,000 over 1 year with possibility for an additional $30,000 during year 2

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard (NORCH) is now seeking applications for Pilot & Feasibility Grants related to Nutrition, Obesity, and Metabolism. Award is $30,000 over 1 year, with possibility for an additional $30,000 during year 2 if good progress is achieved.
Click here to learn more and submit an application