Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research


For the past 28 years, the Smith Family Foundation has been supporting groundbreaking medical research through the Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research. Its mission is to launch the careers of newly independent biomedical researchers with the ultimate goal of achieving medical breakthroughs. Applications focus on all fields of basic biomedical science and may also be submitted by investigators in physics, chemistry and engineering. Since 1992, the Program has funded 175 scientists for a total investment of $36.5 million.

Three year awards in the amount of $300,000 ($100,000 per year inclusive of 5% overhead) target new faculty who are within two and a half years of their first independent appointment by the start of funding on December 1st. Applicants, nominated by their institutions, must be full-time faculty at nonprofit academic, medical or research institutions in Massachusetts, at Brown University or at Yale University. Further details regarding the institutional selection process and other eligibility requirements may be found in the “Application Guidelines” document.