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Hartwell Foundation pre-proposals are due June 9, 2016

The Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Award will provide financial support to stimulate discovery in early-stage biomedical research that will benefit children in the United States.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been selected as one of the 10 research institutions to compete for this award. The Hartwell Foundation requires each selected research institution to hold an internal open competition to identify up to three nominees, based upon application requirements set forth by the Foundation.

Proposals must describe early-stage, innovative, and cutting-edge biomedical research that is strategic or translational in nature and will benefit children in the United States.

Proposals with high-risk hypotheses that are likely to face significant hurdles in other funding pathways are encouraged.  The award is intended to provide an opportunity to obtain preliminary evidence on the hypothesis that will increase your success at larger grant opportunities.

Proposing high risk goal-oriented development (e.g. tools, instruments, algorithms) is also possible, if your approach is significantly different from existing approaches.

Significant preliminary results are not required.  However, proposals should be based on sound science.

The research proposed may not have had significant funding from outside sources.

The applicant should discuss thoroughly the ideas of innovation, collaboration, the deployment of technology to address the problem, and the significance or outcomes of the proposed research.

Awards are $100K/year for 3 years (NO INDIRECT COSTS)

All recipients MUST be US citizens or permanent residents who hold a full-time appointment at UW-Madison and be able to serve as PI.  Successful award recipients typically have been junior investigators, although occasionally senior investigators in fields some distance from children’s health with ideas that could lead to a breakthrough in children’s health have been considered.

Proposals should be from appropriate areas of basic and applied life sciences related to human health, including engineering focused on biomedical applications, and consistent with the values of the Hartwell Foundation.  Proposals must reflect relevance in terms of potential benefits to children.  The Foundation will only consider proposals in biomedical research.  The Foundation will not consider, for example, research in public health, epidemiology, social science, psychology, ecology, environmental impacts, anthropology, or botany.

The Hartwell Foundation call for proposals involves two steps:

  1. Applicants must first submit a pre-proposal; and
  2. Individuals whose pre-proposals are accepted will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Pre-proposals are due to Tracy Cabot in the School of Medicine and Public Health by Noon, Thursday, June 9, 2016.  As detailed on the first page of the attachment, candidates must submit a pre-proposal consisting of a 450-word Lay Summary, a scientific Abstract, and the Specific Aims for the project, in addition to a Biographical Sketch including Other Support.  15 complete paper copies and one electronic copy of the pre-proposal materials must be delivered to Tracy Cabot in the School of Medicine and Public Health Dean’s Office, 4168 Health Sciences Learning Center, for the internal competition. Please refer to guidelines for more info.

Please contact Tracy Cabot at 263-6515 or tlcabot@wisc.edu if you have questions.

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