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Grants to Junior Researchers at Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island Eligible Institutions for Research in Biomedicine

Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research


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Funding Source
Smith Family Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: Connecticut: Yale UniversityMassachusettsRhode Island: Brown University

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/20/23 12:00 Noon ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to researchers at Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island eligible IHEs and research and medical institutions for biomedical research. Funding is intended for research that will promote the professional growth of the researcher and will bring about significant advancements in the field of biomedical science. Awards will be made to support promising junior faculty with the potential to transform their fields through their research. Applicants must be full-time faculty at nonprofit academic, medical, or research institutions in Massachusetts, at Brown University in Rhode Island, or at Yale University in Connecticut.

For the past 31 years, the Smith Family Foundation has been supporting groundbreaking medical research through the Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research. Its mission is to launch the careers of newly independent biomedical researchers with the ultimate goal of achieving medical breakthroughs. Applications focus on all fields of basic biomedical science and may also be submitted by investigators in physics, chemistry and engineering. 

The three-year Award supports newly independent faculty engaged in basic or translational biomedical research. Investigators in the physical sciences (physics, chemistry, and engineering) whose projects focus on biomedical science are also encouraged to apply. For more about the Research Focus, see

Health Resources in Action promotes diversity of gender, ethnicity, and perspectives, among many other forms, across its grant programs. Applications from women and people from groups underrepresented in biomedical research are particularly encouraged.

Research projects must be conducted within the entity that is submitting the application. Award funds will go to that entity.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Awards target new faculty who are within three and a half years of their first independent appointment by the start of funding on April 1st.

• Based at a nonprofit academic, medical, or research institution in Massachusetts or at Brown or Yale University.
• Full-time tenure-track (or equivalent) research faculty; received or will receive first independent research faculty appointment (normally tenure-track Assistant Professor) on or between October 1, 2020 through April 1, 2024.
• Have less than $350,000 in combined federal and non-federal funding in direct costs per year, excluding the institutional start-up package and other intramural support.

United States citizenship is not required.

Applicant eligibility must be verified by the relevant department Chair and the institution’s Office of Sponsored Research, or the initial proposal will not be considered. There is no limit on the number of applicants from a given institution. The Scientific Review Committee will select a subset of initial applicants to invite to submit full proposals.

While basic research projects involving human subjects, data, and samples are eligible, clinical trials research is beyond the scope of this program.

Pre-Proposal Conference
2024 Smith Excellence: Informational Session: May 30, 2023 11:00 AM Eastern Time

Pre-Application Informational Session Sign-Up:

Pre-Application Information
Initial Proposal Deadline:
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
12:00 Noon, U.S. ET

Number of Grants
Up to five

Estimated Size of Grant
$400,000 (inclusive of 5% overhead per year)

Term of Contract
Award Period: April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2027

Contact Information
Apply online:

For answers to any issues not covered in the program guidelines or the FAQs, please contact

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