Fund Details
Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program, Spring 2022
Award Amount
$110,000 per year, for up to 5 years
Sponsor Name
Rita Allen Foundation
Nominations Available to Institution


Program Description:  The Rita Allen Foundation Scholars program funds basic biomedical research in the fields of cancer, immunology and neuroscience.  The program embraces innovative research with above-average risk and ground-breaking possibilities.
Rita Allen Foundation Scholars are distinguished by their bold approaches to basic scientific questions that address problems of global concern, as well as their potential for learning, leadership and collaboration.

Application Information:

Please submit the following documents as a single PDF:
  1. A letter of nomination from a Department Chair or Center Director
  2. A proposal/narrative plan of work of no more than two pages (a third page may be used for related graphics and/or references).  Please include responses to the following: how would Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award enable the candidate to pursue new ideas and take strategic risks (1 paragraph),  how this proposal differs from or relates to the candidate's other supported projects (1 paragraph)
  3. NIH Biosketch that includes details of current and pending support from other funding sources.
Style Requirements:
11pt font or larger.
No more than 6 lines per inch.

Eligibility Criteria:

1.  Candidates should be independent investigators within the first three years of their appointment to Assistant Professor as of May 31, 2022.    Candidates should provide persuasive evidence of distinguished achievement or extraordinary promise in research in one of the relevant fields: cancer, immunology or neuroscience.
2.  While instructors at HMS are often considered junior faculty they may be at a competitive disadvantage in the national selection.  
3.  Candidates must have received committed start-up funds from their respective institutions
4.  Candidates must have lab space from their institutions.

NOTE: Rita Allen Foundation Scholars may not accept an award from the Beckman Young Investigator Program, Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences, Searle Scholars Program or Vallee Scholars Program that would take effect beginning in year one of the RAF award. Rita Allen Scholars may apply for awards from these organizations that would take effect beginning in year two of the RAF award. Other sources of funding also may influence selection.

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

Additional Information, Related Websites, and Proxy Instructions:

HMS faculty at the affiliated hospitals must apply through the Foundation Funds program
No part of this award may be allocated for indirect costs.

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Clare Lamont at

Search Filters:

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital Boston
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Harvard Medical School (Quad)
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM)
  • Schepens Eye Research Institute
    • Assistant Professor
      Type of Competition
      • Limited Submission
        • Basic Science
        • Translational Science
          Type of Award
          • Early Career
            Begin Accepting Applications Date:
            Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
            3/28/2022 11:30 PM