IID Research Scholars Program


A new Partners-wide policy effective Dec 1st, 2016 mandates that grants from foundations/public charity/non-profits should include F&A (indirect costs) recovery that is no less than the Partners sundry overhead rate (15%). The policy also mandates that the PI of the award/grant from these entities or the Department he/she belongs to will be responsible for covering any shortfall in indirect costs associated with these awards from either Sundry or physician department sources. Exceptions include training fellowships and billing agreements. Refer to: https://partnershealthcare.sharepoint.com/sites/phrmResources/c/pg/Documents/F&ACostsPolicy.pdf.


In light of this new policy, the Brigham Research Institute’s (BRI), Infectious & Immunologic Diseases Research Center (IID) is pleased to announce the ‘IID Research Scholars Program’. The goal of this new program is to support high quality basic, clinical and translational research in the areas of immunology and infectious diseases by Principal Investigators at BWH whose grants from foundations and other agencies might be impacted by this policy. Specifically, this program will cover up to $10,000 in indirect costs per award recipient accruing as a result of him/her being awarded a grant from a foundation/charity/non-profit.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Decisions will be communicated in 7-10 business days. A total of up to 5-6 awards per year will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Eligibility Requirements


  • Applicant must have a BWH appointment and be eligible to serve as a PI on grants issued to BWH
  • Applicant must be a postdoctoral researcher/Instructor/Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
  • Applicant should be requesting funds to cover indirect costs for a grant related to immunology and/or infectious diseases
  • Applicant should have received an award notification from the relevant foundation/charity/non-profit
  • Please note that PHS Research Management will require a fund for the IDC at the time the grant application is submitted to the sponsor. If you are selected for an IID Research Scholars award, funds will be directly transferred to this sundry account

Appliation Requirements

Applicant should submit the following information through this online link (http://bwhcfdd.partners.org/Listing.aspx?courseId=283) as soon as they receive a positive decision email from the granting agency:


  • First name, last name, department, division, HMS rank, email and telephone address
  • Research abstract, specific aims and budget of the grant for which indirect costs are being requested along with evidence of the published F&A rate (a link to the relevant webpage will suffice)
  • If the published F&A rate is in excess of $10,000, then the applicant should provide a letter indicating the source that will cover the shortfall. A self-furnished letter if the source is the PI’s sundry or a letter from the Department Chair/Division Chief if the source is Department or Division funds is acceptable