Smith Family Foundation: Odyssey Award

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The Smith Family Foundation is committed to effecting permanent positive change in the lives of the residents of Greater Boston, particularly individuals and families in economically disadvantaged communities.  In the area of health, the Foundation supports the advancement of biomedical research and the expansion of access to high-quality health care at safety net institutions serving low-income individuals and communities of Greater Boston.

The new Smith Family Foundation Odyssey Award was created in 2017 to fuel creativity and innovation in junior investigators in the basic sciences.  The Award supports the pursuit of high impact ideas to generate breakthroughs and drive new directions in biomedical research.  The awards will fund high-risk, high-reward pilot projects solicited from our brightest junior faculty in the region.

Junior investigators that are beyond 4 years from their first independent faculty appointment and have not yet received tenure are eligible to apply for this award.  There is also an upper eligibility limit at 9 years past their first independent faculty appointment.  Those investigators with tenure, or who are beyond the 9 year limit, are ineligible to apply for this award.

Awardees of the Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research are eligible to apply for the Smith Family Foundation: Odyssey Award.

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