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Hartwell Foundation - Individual Biomedical Research Awards

Key Deadlines: June 17, 2013 (CWRU internal LOI); July 19, 2013 (CWRU Internal application); September 16, 2013 (Sponsor Proposal Due).

Because Case Western Reserve University earned an at-large bid in The Hartwell Foundation's Individual Biomedical Research Awards program, CWRU is eligible to nominate two faculty members for proposal submission this year. In 2011, both of CWRUs applicants were selected for awards. In 2012, one of CWRU's two applicants was selected.

The foundation funds 10 Hartwell Investigators annually for their innovative, early-stage, cutting-edge biomedical research that has the potential to benefit children. These awards provide funding to individual researchers in the U.S. for three years, at $100,000 direct cost per year.

The official announcement and description of this opportunity may be found on the foundation's website:

  • Only investigators nominated by a research institution selected by The Hartwell Foundation are eligible for consideration of a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award.
  • All candidates for the Award should be citizens of the United States or green card holders, hold a full-time appointment in the sponsoring institution, and be eligible to serve as a principal investigator in biomedical research. Biomedical research includes: Environmental & Life Sciences; Medical - Basic Science; Medical - Clinical Science; Medical - Translational; Physical Sciences & Engineering.
  • Each Award is for three years at $100,000 direct cost per year.
Selection Criteria

Projects should represent early-stage biomedical research that has not yet qualified for significant outside funding, including those not yet submitted for funding consideration. The Foundation is looking for research projects that are early-stage, innovative and cutting-edge, and will only consider funding those proposals that reflect relevance in terms of potential benefit to children.

In selecting awardees, The Hartwell Foundation takes into account the transformative nature of the proposed innovation, the extent to which a strategic or translational approach might accelerate the clinical application of research results to benefit children, the extent of collaboration in the proposed research, the institutional commitment to provide encouragement and technical support to the investigator, and the extent to which funding the investigator will make a difference.

Applicants must be available to interview with the internal selection committee in early August and with representatives of the Foundation in October. They also must commit to travel to the Foundation's Annual Meeting in October 2014.

Nomination Process
   Step 1

Anyone wishing to pursue nomination for the Individual Biomedical Research Award should submit a "letter of intent" by June 17, 2013 to Dr. Suzanne Rivera at in the form of an email message not to exceed 250 words. These LOI will help us to empanel a review committee.

   Step 2

For consideration as a finalist, investigators must submit the following proposal materials as PDF email attachments to Dr. Suzanne Rivera at no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 19, 2013:

  1. A cover letter addressing the selection criteria (1 page)
  2. A draft abridged non-technical summary (1 page)
  3. A draft abridged technical description of the project (1 page)
  4. A CV, including funding history

Note: In addition to "early-stage," "innovative," "cutting-edge," and "biomedical," proposal materials should reflect relevance in terms of potential benefit to children in the U.S.

   Step 3

After the internal proposal deadline, a review committee will arrive at a short-list of candidates. These candidates will be notified by email of their selection, and they should be ready for an individual interview with the committee in early August.

   Step 4

Final nominees will be notified of their selection by mid-August. They will be invited to a working lunch meeting, during which they will have an opportunity to hear from prior winners and make contact with administrators who can assist with proposal development.

   Step 5

Complete proposals are due in the CWRU Office of Research Administration or SOM Office of Grants and Contracts by September 10, 2013 for institutional review. To see the complete proposal instructions, click here.

   Step 6

Funding agency deadline is September 16, 2013.

   Step 7

Interviews of finalists by representatives of the Hartwell Foundation will take place in Nashville at the Sponsor's expense in October, 2013. If you intend to participate in this competition, please plan to be available in early August for your internal interview, September to obtain assistance with proposal preparation, and October for the Hartwell interview.

Complete Proposal Instructions

Click here to see the complete proposal instructions.

The Date The Materials Due Days to the Deadline
6/17/2013 Internal Letter of Intent (by email) Past
8/1/2013 Internal Proposal Deadline Past
8/15/2013 Local Selection of CWRU Finalists Past
9/10/2013 Deadline for Review by CWRU Office of Research Administration Past
9/16/2013 External (Funding Agency) Deadline Past
University Contact

Please contact Dr. Suzanne Rivera in the Office of Research Administration at if you have questions about the process.