Fund Details
Pew Biomedical Scholars Program Spring 2020
Award Amount


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 three 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 fill out the online form and attach the following documents as a single PDF:
Summary of proposed research (limit 2 pages. A third page may be used for references)
Nominating letter signed by your department or division head.
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 5 pages).

Style Requirements:
  • 11pt font or larger.
  • No more than 6 lines per inch.
  • Color images are allowed, however any copies will be printed in Black and White.

Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility for this application is restricted to Assistant Professors at:
  • Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Applicants must have received their appointment to Assistant Professor on or after June 15, 2017. 

1.  Candidates must have a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
2.  As of September 10, 2020, 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 15, 2020, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 14, 2017), 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 three-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.  Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and complete the Pew 2021 online application.
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:

  • 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:

Please contact Clare Lamont if you have questions about the RFA or the application process, at or 617-432-7463 

HMS Faculty at BIDMC, BWH, CH, DFCI and MGH are not eligible to apply for the Harvard University nomination. Please contact your research administration representative for details to apply for the hospital nominations.

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 John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Harvard Medical School (Quad)
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM)
    • Assistant Professor
      Type of Competition
      • Limited Submission
        • Basic Science
        • Translational Science
          Type of Award
          • Career Development
          • Early Career
          • Research