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


Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Open Capital Program

Amount: up to $2,000,000


BWH internal deadline: Monday, November 11

Sponsor deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019 at 12:00pm

Submit internal application here


The MLSC Open Capital Program, one of several Competitive Capital Programs, is designed to provide grants for capital projects that support the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts by enabling and supporting life sciences research and development in the Commonwealth. This program is designed to help fund high potential economic development projects that promise to make a significant contribution to the state’s life sciences ecosystem.


All BWH PIs are eligible to apply. As the call from the sponsor states, institutions may submit multiple applications provided that each application is authorized by a senior leader. Dr. Paul Anderson will be signing off on each application, and the BRI will be reviewing applications to confirm that there is no scientific overlap.

Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award

Amount: 3 years of funding at $200,000/year

Deadline: December 9, 2019, 11PM

Indirect Costs: BWH will cover funds to meet the minimum 15% IDC rate

This is a limited submission funding opportunity. To be nominated, please submit an internal application here.


Summary: The Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award supports independent young physician-scientists conducting disease-oriented research that demonstrates a high level of innovation and creativity. The goal is to support the best young physician-scientists doing work aimed at improving the practice of cancer medicine.



The applicant must hold an independent assistant professor position or equivalent and must apply within the first five (5) years of their initial full faculty appointment (Cut-off date: July 1, 2015). Adjunct or acting positions are not eligible.



Keck Foundation Medical Research Award 2020 Cycle I

Keck Foundation

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

Deadline: Dec 09, 2019

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

Internal Applications: Please note, only TWO applications from each BWH department (and TWO applications from each division within the Department of Medicine) will be accepted for this limited submission, invitational funding opportunity. Please seek approval from you department chair or division chief before submitting your application.


These 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. Funding is prioritized for 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. Click here to read more info and to submit an internal application