Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust – Transformational Awards Program

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The Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust was created by Marian Falk in 1979 to support biomedical research. Mrs. Falk sought to fund “medical research to improve treatments of the past and eventually find cures for diseases for which no definite cure is known.” Bank of America, N.A., serves as Trustee for the Falk Medical Research Trust.

The Medical Foundation at Health Resources in Action is pleased to manage the grantmaking for both the Falk Catalyst and Transformational Programs on behalf of Bank of America, N.A. Please Click Here for more information on the Catalyst Award Program.

The Transformational Awards Program provides $1,000,000 for a two to three years funding cycle to successful Catalyst Awardees. The Transformational Award provides a bridge to the technology transfer process for moving an exciting health care innovation to the next step in commercial development.

Transformational Awards will be granted based on both scientific merit and having successfully attained the proposed milestones and benchmarks of the Catalyst Award, thus demonstrating its successful execution within the proposed budget and projected timeframe.

Eligibility Requirements:

Only Catalyst Awardees are eligible to apply for a Transformational Award:

  • Applicants received a Catalyst Award in 2018 (with approved NCE) or 2019 and have not previously applied for a Transformational Award
  • The proposed benchmarks and milestones outlined in their Catalyst Award proposals have been achieved.
  • Administrative lead applicant (PI) holds a full-time faculty appointment.
  • PI or multi-PIs must be independent investigator(s) with demonstrated institutional support and the specialized space and facilities needed to conduct the proposed research.
  • Applicants may not have funding for a similar project.
  • United States citizenship is not required; visa documentation is not required.