Wing Tat Lee Endowment RFA

Key Dates

Release Date: October 18, 2017
Application Deadline: November 27, 2017
Scientific Merit Review: November 29 2017
Funding Decision Date: December 3 2017
Earliest Start Date: January 1, 2018


The Wing Tat Lee endowment will support collaborations between BUSM faculty members in BUSM space and faculty at a mainland Chinese university (with preference for Hong Kong). The purpose of the endowment is to establish cooperative research programs and further deepen the friendship and mutual understanding between these institutions. Subsequent grants must be submitted through the BU grants office. The cooperative programs may include training faculty or future faculty (i.e. post doctoral fellows) from either institution, holding seminars, workshops and symposia; or general support of research projects of common interest.


  • The Principal Investigator must have a primary, full-time faculty appointment at Boston University, and the research to be conducted must be based at Boston University School of Medicine.
  • Applicants with prior BU based Pilot Grant awards may reapply for funding.
  • Applications from individuals of under-represented minorities are highly encouraged to apply


Direct costs up to $50,000 may be requested. The level of funding awarded to successful applicants will be determined after review of the budget request and budget justification. Funds may be used for any purpose to support the proposed research. Typical expenses include laboratory supplies, animal costs, small equipment, patient recruitment costs, or consultants. Support for pre/postdoctoral students, technicians, or research assistants is allowed while salary support for PI or Co-I is not allowed. Awards are not transferable to any other institution.


Human Subject and IACUC approvals are not required at the time of submission; However, approval is required before you can start your project.


  1. Submit your application here
  2. The application must include:
    1. A maximum of two pages describing the background, specific aims, preliminary studies (if applicable), research methods (including timeline), commercial potential and future grant submissions or commercial development
    2. A budget & budget justification
    3. Other relevant supporting documentation (optional) may also be included if its relevant to the application
  3. Applications will be meritoriously reviewed by BU CTSI Scientific Review Committees (SRC) comprised of faculty with relevant expertise analogous to the NIH review process (with focus on Significance, Innovation, Approach, and Investigators). All applications will be reviewed and ranked for funding priority. Specific review criteria include, but are not limited to:
    1. Significance of the work in terms of potential health impact
    2. Scientific rigor and novelty of the proposed approach
    3. Multidisciplinary collaboration
    4. Qualification of the research team
    5. Likelihood that the project can be completed within the budget period noted above
    6. Although not required that applicants be junior investigators, the review process will consider career development


The CTSI offers an array of research resources in support of research at BU and we strongly encourage CTSI Pilot Grant applications to use these valuable resources. Some examples include the following:

  1. Regulatory Support
  2. Grant Writing & Editing, Formatting and Editing Services
  3. Biostatistics, Data Management & Analysis
  4. Research Tools
  5. Study Implementation
  6. Research Networking

For a complete list of available resources, please visit the CTSI website at


  1. If funded, the awardee agrees to submit an online report after the end of the award term indicating key results and any publications, grant applications, funded awards that resulted from the project, new collaborations, and other outcomes. Additional abbreviated reports will be requested on an annual basis for 2 years following completion of funding. Any follow on funding depends on prompt and accurate progress reports. Awardees will be contacted regarding the report, once needed.
  2. Awardees are expected to serve on future CTSI Pilot Grant Application Review panels and to provide feedback on the CTSI pilot program
  3. Awardees may be asked to participate in CTSI related symposia or other functions


We encourage inquiries concerning this RFA and welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants. Direct your questions to:

Frederick L. Ruberg, MD
Section of Cardiovascular Medicine
Department of Medicine
Director, Pilot Grant Programs
Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Boston University School of Medicine

Administrative Contact:
Deb Rebelo
Program Coordinator
Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute
617.638.4539 (ph)

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