Fund Details
Pew Scholars Program, Spring 2022
Award Amount
$75,000 per year for 4 years


The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health.  Awards are granted in the broad field of biomedical research, including areas such as bioengineering, biophysics, and chemistry. The program supports the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first four years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.

Candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. This program does not fund clinical trials research. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and pioneering approaches to basic, translational, and applied biomedical research. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles but who bring in concepts and theories from more diverse fields are encouraged to apply.

Ideas with the potential to produce an unusually high impact are encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards, and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

Application Information:

Please submit the following materials as a single PDF
1.  Summary of proposed research (limit 2 pages. A third page may be used for references)
2.  Nominating letter signed by your department or division head.
3.  NIH Biosketch, including past and pending sources of funding.  For current funding include abstract and specific aims and indicate if there is any overlap with your proposal.  (Limit 10 pages).

Style Requirements:
  • 11pt font or larger.
  • No more than 6 lines per inch.

Eligibility Criteria:

1.  Candidates must have a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
2.  As of September 8, 2022, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as research assistant professor, adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting professor or instructor are not eligible.)
3.  On June 13, 2022, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than four years (not appointed before June 13, 2018), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, in work toward board certification, or on parental leave does not count as part of this four-year limit. Candidates who took parental leave should contact the Foundation Funds Program Coordinator ( to ensure that application reviewers are aware of their circumstances.
4.  ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution in order to complete the Pew 2022 online application. Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total.
5.  Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew scholars program. 

Review Criteria:

The HMS Foundation Funds Committee advises department heads, mentors, and candidates to be particularly aware of the committee's selection criteria when making nominations:
  • A technically feasible research proposal
  • Applicants with the potential to successfully carry out the research described in the proposal
  • Relevance of the proposal to the mission of the foundation award
  • Career trajectory
  • Letter of support and institutional commitment to the applicant
  • Publications
  • Current funding

Additional Information, Related Websites, and Proxy Instructions:

Assistant Professors at Harvard Medical School, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Applicants must have received their appointment on or after June 13, 2018. 
Note: BIDMC, BWH, CH, DFCI and MGH are invited to submit separate nominations for this award.  Faculty at these hospitals should NOT apply for the HMS nomination. Please contact your research administration representative for details.

The amount of the award that may be used for the principal investigator’s salary is limited to $12,500 per year (including benefits) or $50,000 over the duration of the grant. There are no limits on student or postdoctoral salaries.
Not more than 8 percent ($24,000) of the total award value may be allocated for facilities and administration (F&A) charges or indirect costs (IDCs

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Clare Lamont at

Search Filters:

  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Harvard Medical School (Quad)
    • Assistant Professor
      Type of Competition
      • Limited Submission
        • Basic Science
          Type of Award
          • Early Career
            Begin Accepting Applications Date:
            Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
            3/28/2022 11:30 PM