Seed Grants

BWH Research Day Seed Grants:

Request for Applications

The BRI will offer seed grants to support projects consistent with the BWH Research Day themes noted below.  Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis, as seed grants of $50,000 with up to four grants available.  Applications will be evaluated and ranked for funding priority on the basis of a strategic and scientific review.  Ultimate selection will depend on input from a review committee and recommendations from the BRI Executive Committee (EC) and BRI Research Oversight Committee (ROC).


RFA announcement November 21, 2013
Letter of intent due January 13, 2014
Full applications invited February 28, 2014
Full applications due April 25, 2014
In person review June 2014
Funding start date July 1, 2014


  • All members of the BWH research community with a rank of instructor or BWH professional staff (ex. Nurses and other clinicians) and above are invited to apply. Individuals may serve as the PI of only one proposal.
  • Applications to provide seed funds for planned R01s, program project grants (P01s) or similar would be eligible, as would application to “pump-prime” or provide seed funding for a core resource.  Applications for equipment may be considered but are unlikely to be successful given limited funds.

Review criteria

  • Projects must be scientifically meritorious and aligned with the following strategic themes: Allergy, Comparative Effectiveness/PCOR, Genetics/Personalized Medicine, Immunotherapy, Microbiome, Neurodegeneration and  Regeneration, Nursing, Stem cell/Regenerative Medicine, Technology & Innovation/Translational Medicine
  • Projects should not be merely an extension of ongoing work but rather novel ideas/programs which require seed funding.

Review Process

  • From the letters of intent (LOI), approximately 20 applicants will be invited to submit full applications. LOI will be reviewed by the BRI Seed Grant Review Committee (chaired by the BRI co-Director).
  • Full applications will be reviewed by the full BRI Seed Grant Review Committee, which will then submit its funding recommendations to the BRI Executive Committee for approval.  Once approved, the BRI Executive Committee will submit the funding recommendations to the BRI ROC for ratification.
  • The BRI Seed Grant Review Committee will not provide written critiques to the applicants and/or the ROC.


  • Recipients will be obligated to provide a report of activity to the BRI and an oral presentation to the ROC at the end of the funding period (one year)
  • Grantees will notify the BRI when other grants are received as a result of seed funding
  • Grantees will acknowledge the BRI in publications resulting from seed grant support and will notify the BRI when such papers have been submitted.


Application Format

Letters of intent (due January 13, 2014, 11:59pm) should be submitted online here and will include the following:

  1. Applicant’s Name, Department and Division, BWH and HMS professional appointments, telephone number, and e-mail address
  2. Title of research project to be supported
  3. Research Day Theme under which the proposal falls
  4. Abstract with a maximum of 250 words