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Identify Funding Proposals Proposal Development Award Management Compliance Review and Oversight Education and Training Technology Transfer

Limited Submission

Hartwell Foundation: Individual Biomedical Research Awards

Key Deadlines: March 24, 2017 (CWRU internal letter of intent), April 21, 2017 (CWRU internal submission deadline); September 15, 2017 (ANTICIPATED Sponsor submission deadline).

Since 2011, five CWRU faculty members have been selected for Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research awards.

The foundation funds 12 Hartwell Investigators annually for their innovative, early-stage, cutting-edge biomedical research that has the potential to benefit children in the USA. These awards provide funding to individual researchers in the U.S. for three years, at $100,000 direct cost per year.

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 the US.

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 on July 10 and to travel to meet with representatives of the Foundation in November. They also must commit to attend the Foundation's Annual Meeting, which is held annually in September.

Number of Applications Allowed: Two anticipated

Amount of Funding: $300,000 ($100,000 per year for three years)

Program Website:

  • Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.
  • Only researchers 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.
Nomination Process
   Step 1

Anyone wishing to pursue nomination for the Individual Biomedical Research Award is encouraged to submit a brief "letter of intent" no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 24, 2017 to Stephanie Endy at in the form of an email message not to exceed 250 words. This 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 Stephanie Endy at no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 21, 2017:

  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,
  5. A list of proposals submitted but not yet funded (if any).

Note: In addition to "early-stage," "innovative," "cutting-edge," and "biomedical," proposal materials must emphasize 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 available for an individual in-person interview with the committee on July 10, 2017.

   Step 4

Final nominees will be notified of their selection by July 21, 2017.

   Step 5

Complete proposals are due in the CWRU Office of Research Administration or SOM Office of Grants and Contracts by September 8, 2017.

   Step 6

Submission is due to sponsor by September 15, 2017 (ANTICIPATED).

   Step 7

Interviews of finalists by representatives of the Hartwell Foundation are anticipated to take place in Nashville at the Sponsor's expense in November 2017. If you intend to participate in this competition, please plan to be available on July 10 for your internal interview, in September to prepare your proposal, on October 6 for coaching, and in November for the Hartwell interview.

Days to the Deadline
Internal LOI due to Stephanie Endy
LOI review completed
Internal proposal due to Stephanie Endy
Internal proposal review completed
In-person interviews
Interview review completed
Proposal due to ORA or SOM Office of Grants & Contracts
(ANTICIPATED) Proposal due to Sponsor

Please contact Stephanie Endy in the Office of Research & Technology Management at if you have questions about the process.

This page was last updated: 06/08/17