Invitational Awards


Internal applications must include the following information:

  • One page cover letter that includes the name, title, and department of the lead investigator
  • Letter of support from the Division Chief or Department Chair
  • Summary of the proposed project (2-page limit not including references)
  • Biosketch of each major investigator including current and pending support in NIH format


St. Baldrick’s Fellows

St. Baldrick’s Foundation (SBF)

Amount: $195,000/2 years

Deadline:  July 12, 2019 (LOI)

Internal Submission Portal:


Summary:  The St. Baldrick’s Foundation funds years 3-5 of a pediatric oncology research fellowship with an opportunity for one additional year of funding. This mechanism is designed to support a Fellow’s salary and benefits only. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation encourages applications from institutions with fellowship programs that have not previously received St. Baldrick’s funding for this grant mechanism. 

– Applicants should hold an M.D. or D.O. degree by the date the grant becomes effective.
– Fellows must have completed at least two (2) years of fellowship training prior to becoming a St. Baldrick’s Fellow.
– Applicants may not hold an appointment of assistant professor or above.
– Applicants must have a fellowship mentor who provides supervision, facilities, and research support at an American Board of Pediatrics approved fellowship program in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
– Applicants need not be American citizens; however, they must work at an academic, medical, or non-profit research institution within the United States.


Young Investigator Grants

Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA)

Amount: $125,000/2 years

Deadline:  July 19, 2019

Indirect Overhead Rate: The foundation allows up to 8% IDC, and BRI will make up the difference to 15%

Internal submission portal:

Summary:  The mission of the Breast Cancer Alliance is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure. To promote these goals, we invest in innovative research, breast surgery fellowships, regional education, dignified support and screening for the underserved.

To encourage a commitment to breast cancer research, the Breast Cancer Alliance invites clinical doctors and research scientists whose primary focus is breast cancer research, and who are in the early stages of their career, to apply for funding for the Young Investigator Grant.


Eligibility: This grant is open to applicants at institutions throughout the contiguous United States. Applicants for 2020 grants must (i) have held a faculty position for no more than four years following the completion of their training, as of February 1, 2020; (ii) have not been a principal investigator on an NIH R01 or equivalent national/international non-mentored award; and (iii) dedicate at least 50% of their work effort to research. This grant is intended to help advance the careers of young researchers who do not yet have their own major grant support. For clarity, current postdoctoral fellows who do not yet hold a faculty position are eligible to apply, provided they meet all the other stated criteria for Young Investigators.

**If you have already submitted an LOI for an Exceptional Project Grant but were not asked to submit a full proposal, you are ineligible to submit the same proposal for Young Investigator Grant.


Brain Research Foundation (BRF)

Amount: $150,000/2 years

Deadline: June 10, 2019 (internal application)

Indirect Overhead Rate: 0% from the foundation but the BRI will cover costs to meet the Partners 15% IDC minimum

Internal Application portal:

Please note, only ONE application from each BWH department (and ONE application from each division within the Department of Medicine) may be submitted for this limited submission funding opportunity. Please seek approval from your department chair or division chief before submitting your application.

The objective of the SIA is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals.

The nominated candidate must be a full-time associate professor or full professor at an invited US academic institution, working in the area of studies of brain function in health and disease. Scientists that have previously received a BRF Scientific Innovations Award may not receive the award for a second time until five years has elapsed since the beginning date of the prior award. Only one PI may apply per application.


Keck Foundation Medical Research Award 2019 Cycle II

Keck Foundation

Amount: $1,000,000 (The Foundation allows up to $5MM, but typically funds projects in the $1MM)

Deadline: June 10, 2019

Indirect Overhead Rate: The 15% minimum will be covered by BWH

Internal Application Portal:


The W.M. Keck Foundation Medical Research Awards support projects that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. The program prioritizes projects that:
  • Focus on important and emerging areas of research
  • Have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies
  • Are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary
  • Demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm
  • Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem
  • Does not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development
  • Fall outside the mission of public funding agencies
  • Demonstrate that private philanthropy generally, and the W. M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the project’s success

Pew Biomedical Scholars 

Pew Charitable Trusts
Amount: $300,000/4 years
Deadline: Internal Applications due June 3, 2019
Indirect Overhead Rate: 8%, BRI will cover difference to 15%
Summary: Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and pioneering approaches.
Amount: Up to $250,000 direct costs per year for up to 5 years
Internal Application Deadline: July 8, 2019
Internal Application Submission Portal:
*Only TWO applications from each BWH department (and TWO applications from each division within the Department of Medicine) may be submitted for this limited submission funding opportunity. Please seek approval from your department chair or division chief before submitting your application.
Summary: Supports outstanding junior scientists with the intellect, scientific creativity, drive, and maturity launch independent research careers and bypass the traditional postdoctoral training period. Note: To be consistent with the updated NIH definition of Early Stage Investigators, eligible clinical training includes medical residency and clinical fellowships.
  • Complete doctoral degree or clinical training between June 1, 2018 and September 30, 2020
  • In non-independent position at time of application
  • Single-PI applications only
  • Limited to two applications per institution
  • See website for more information and FAQs