Pew Biomedical Scholars Award - 2020

Funding Amount

The current grant level is $300,000; $75,000 per year for a four-year period.

 

Program Details

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and pioneering approaches. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but who bring in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Ideas with the potential to produce an unusually high impact are encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards, and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

 

Review Criteria

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. This program does not fund clinical trials research. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and pioneering approaches to basic, translational, and applied biomedical research. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles but who bring in concepts and theories from more diverse fields are encouraged to apply.

Ideas with the potential to produce an unusually high impact are encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards, and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

 

Eligibility

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
  • As of Sept. 10, 2020, hold a full-time appointment at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as research assistant professor, adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting professor, or instructor are not eligible).
  • Must not have been appointed as an assistant professor at any institution prior to June 15, 2017, whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, in work toward board certification, or on parental leave does not count as part of this three-year limit. Candidates who took parental leave should contact Pew’s program office to ensure that application reviewers are aware of their circumstances.
  • May apply to the program a maximum of two times. All applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2021 online application.
  • If applicants have appointments at more than one eligible nominating institution or affiliate, they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different nominating entity.
  • May not be nominated for the Pew Scholars Program and the Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research in the same year.

 

Additional Information:

More information can be found on the Pew website: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/pew-biomedical-scholars/program-details

Previous recipients of this award can be found here: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/pew-biomedical-scholars/directory-of-pew-scholars

If you have questions concerning eligibility, please contact Kara Coleman, project director, Pew Biomedical Programs at 215-575-4925 in advance of applying. 

If you have questions concenring the BWH internal application process, please contact Trey Toombs (jtoombs@bwh.harvard.edu)

1.  Applicants must be an assistant professor (possibly instructor, see note below).
 
2.  Applicants must have received an MD or MD/PhD degree(s), completed his/her subspecialty training and be board-eligible.
 
3.  Applicants must be within the first four years of assistant professor appointment (cut-off July 1, 2015).
 
4.  Applicants must apply in conjunction with a mentor who is established in the field of clinical translational cancer research or cancer prevention and epidemiology and can provide critical guidance during the period of the award.
 
5. Applicants must commit 80% time to research.
 
6.  Applicants may not concurrently hold another physician-scientist career development award from a private source. See foundation website for examples. Candidates holding or awarded an R01 at the time of application are not eligible to apply.
 
7.  Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
 
8.  Applicant must hold a valid, active U.S. medical license at the time of application
 
Instructors: The Damon Runyon Foundation indicates that ideally the nominee should be tenure track, but realizes that the level at which tenure track positions begin may vary from institution to institution. The Foundation is most interested in funding young, promising investigators who have recently completed clinical training. For HMS junior faculty, this often describes an Instructor level position. Nevertheless, the Damon Runyon Foundation indicates that although Instructors are eligible to apply, they may be at a competitive disadvantage in the national selection process.


The Foundation defines Clinical Research as:The Clinical Investigator Award program supports early career physician-scientists conducting clinical research. The goal of this innovative program is to support the best young physician scientists doing work aimed at improving the practice of cancer medicine.
Patient-oriented research: research conducted with human subjects
Epidemiologic and behavioral studies
Outcomes research and health services research
 
NOTE:  Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues but do not deal directly with patients. This award is designed to support physicians who adhere to "The Handshake Rule," meaning that he/she will meet each patient in his/her research studies
The Clinical Investigator Award program supports early career physician-scientists conducting clinical research. The goal of this innovative program is to support the best young physician scientists doing work aimed at improving the practice of cancer medicine.
The Foundation defines Clinical Research as:
 
Patient-oriented research: research conducted with human subjects
Epidemiologic and behavioral studies
Outcomes research and health services research
 
NOTE:  Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues but do not deal directly with patients. This award is designed to support physicians who adhere to "The Handshake Rule," meaning that he/she will meet each patient in his/her research studiesThe Clinical Investigator Award program supports early career physician-scientists conducting clinical research. The goal of this innovative program is to support the best young physician scientists doing work aimed at improving the practice of cancer medicine.
The Foundation defines Clinical Research as:
 
Patient-oriented research: research conducted with human subjects
Epidemiologic and behavioral studies
Outcomes research and health services research
 
NOTE:  Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues but do not deal directly with patients. This award is designed to support physicians who adhere to "The Handshake Rule," meaning that he/she will meet each patient in his/her research studies
The Foundation defines Clinical Research as:
 
Patient-oriented research: research conducted with human subjects
Epidemiologic and behavioral studies
Outcomes research and health services research
 
NOTE:  Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues but do not deal directly with patients. This award is designed to support physicians who adhere to "The Handshake Rule," meaning that he/she will meet each patient in his/her research studies
Applications accepted from 02/14/2020 9AM to 04/13/2020 11PM.