OSP FO# 12-031

AGENCY: The Medical Foundation

PROGRAM: Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research

OBJECTIVES: The Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research was created in 1991 by the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation. Its mission is to launch the careers of newly independent biomedical researchers with the ultimate goal of achieving medical breakthroughs. Applications may focus on all fields of basic biomedical science and may also be submitted by investigators in physics, chemistry and engineering.

Please see the link to the program announcement below for further details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Two applications per school or college within an academic institution may be submitted. Each hospital, medical school or free-standing biomedical research facility is considered a separate institution. Applications must specify the particular school or college with which the applicant is associated.

Applications will be accepted from investigators who have completed no more than two years of their first independent faculty appointment as of July 1, 2012. Eligible candidates will have received this appointment on or between July 1, 2010 and December 1, 2012. Applicants must be full‐time faculty. They must have completed their postdoctoral training. United States citizenship is not required.

Applicants are ineligible if they have combined federal and non‐federal funding totaling $500,000 or more in direct costs over the first two years of the Award. Applicants are also ineligible if they were previously or are currently a Principal Investigator or Co‐P.I. on an R01, P01, Pioneer Award, or New Innovator Award.

BU Internal Deadline: July 16, 2012
Application Deadline: September 12, 2012, 12PM, Eastern

FUNDING INFORMATION: Up to five three-year awards will be made at a level of $100,000 per year (inclusive of 5% institutional overhead), for a total award amount of $300,000.

Gay Lockwood, Senior Program Officer
The Medical Foundation, a division of Health Resources in Action
Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research
95 Berkeley Street, Suite 208
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Telephone: (617) 279-2240, x702
Email: glockwood@hria.org
Web: http://www.hria.org/tmfservices/tmfgrants/smith.html

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: Two applications per school or college may be submitted from the Charles River Campus (CRC). Faculty wishing to be considered for nomination should provide the following proposal material to OSP-CRC Director Joan Kirkendall, Office of Sponsored Programs, 25 Buick Street, Boston, MA 02215, for internal review purposes:

1. Letter of recommendation from the appropriate Department Chair or Research Mentor, highlighting the nominee’s achievements and outlining the nominee’s level of experience and independence;
2. Description of the nominee’s proposed research project (maximum length 3 pages); including the rationale for the proposed work, its potential importance, and the approach to be taken;
3. Nominee’s biographical sketch (2 pages)
4. Comprehensive list of all past, current and pending grants (both Federal and non-Federal) received by the nominee.

Nomination material will be collected and forwarded to the Office of the Vice President for Research for final selection. All nomination material should be received by Monday, July 16, 2012.

REMARKS: The complete application process for selected candidates requires online submission as well as three hard copies of the submitted online application materials with original signatures on one of the copies. The online version must be submitted by September 12, 2012. On or before September 14, 2012, the Foundation must receive the three stapled copies of the document that was uploaded with original signatures on the Face Sheet. Signatures on the recommendation letters may be scanned signatures.

Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.