Invitational Awards


Please note, only a limited number of applications will be accepted from each department (or division within the DOM) for each funding opportunity. Please seek approval with your department chair or division chief prior to submitting your application

Odyssey Awards – Smith Family Foundation

Smith Family Foundation
Amount: $300,000 over two years
Internal Deadline: February 3, 2020
Indirect Costs rate: 5% from foundation. The BRI will provide funds to successful applicants to meet the Partners 15% IDC minimum
# of BWH nominations: 2
Internal Submission Portal:

Summary: The Award supports the pursuit of high impact ideas to generate breakthroughs and drive new directions in biomedical research. The awards will fund high-risk, high-reward pilot projects, conceptualized as either a novel research line or a distinct and novel off-shoot from the applicant’s current research. Clinical research is beyond the scope of this Program.

Junior investigators that are beyond 4 years from their first independent faculty appointment and have not yet received tenure are eligible to apply for this award. There is also an upper eligibility limit at 9 years past their first independent faculty appointment. Those investigators with tenure, or who are beyond the 9 year limit, are ineligible to apply for this award. Applicants are ineligible if, at the time of application, they have combined extramural support from federal and non-federal funds totaling $750,000 or more in annual direct costs.