Call for pre-proposals: Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Award

The Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Award will provide financial support to stimulate discovery in early-stage biomedical research that has the potential to 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 applied biomedical research that is strategic or translational in nature and has the potential to benefit children in the United States.

–  Proposals must address a specific unmet need to improve health outcomes for children in the US by either clinical translational of theory or application, or the strategic solution of a complex technical problem that may facilitate biomedical translational research.  

–  Proposals with high-risk hypotheses that are likely to face significant hurdles in other funding pathways are encouraged.  Preliminary data are not required.  

–  Applicants for the Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award must demonstrate they are collaborative.  If the applicant is not Doctor of Medicine, at least one participating collaborator must be identified as a practicing physician, preferably in pediatric medicine.

–  Applicants should not yet have qualified for significant funding from outside sources.

–  Applicants 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)

–  Applicants MUST be US citizens 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 discovery and applied science 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 fund basic research motivated by a desire to extend fundamental knowledge, with long-delayed or unpredictable benefits, including research in public health epidemiology, social science,  ecology, environmental impacts, botany, or anthropology.  

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 in June to submit a full proposal (due in late July). 

Pre-proposals are due to Tracy Cabot in the School of Medicine and Public Health by Noon, Wednesday, May 25, 2022.  As detailed on the first page of the attachment, candidates must submit an electronic pre-proposal consisting of a 450-word Lay Summary, a Scientific Abstract, and the Specific Aims for the project, in addition to the PI’s Biographical Sketch including Other Support.  The electronic pre-proposal materials for the internal competition must be emailed to Tracy Cabot in the School of Medicine and Public Health Dean’s Office,

Please contact Tracy Cabot at if you have questions.