Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards FAQs


Q: I have been on the faculty for eleven years now, and believe this award would be very helpful now that I have had my first child.  Can I apply?

A: You must be within ten years of your first academic appointment, cumulative of all academic institutions.

Q: I am a research fellow, but anticipate that I will be an Instructor next summer.  Can I apply?

Candidates must have an academic appointment at the level of Instructor or Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School at the time of application. If the applicant's academic appointment or promotion is pending, a signed letter from the applicant's Chief must be included with the application. The letter should explain the status of the applicant's academic appointment. The Instructor or Assistant Professor appointment must be finalized before the Claflin review committee meeting.

Q: I am pregnant and this will be my first child.  Am I eligible to apply?

A: No. You must be raising children at the time you submit the application.

Q: I am a female faculty member with no children. Am I eligible to apply?

A: You must be raising children at the time of your application.

Q: I split my time between MGH and BWH.  Am I eligible to apply?

A:  If your primary appointment is with MGH and your research is conducted at MGH, you are eligible to apply for this award.

Q: My research office/laboratory is not located on the campus of MGH.  Am I eligible to apply?

A: The research office/laboratory must be located on a MGH campus, i.e., Simches, CNY, Landsdowne, the main hospital.

Q: Can I request salary support for myself as PI on the project?

A: The intent of this award is to identify research scholars who have secured salary support and are transitioning to R01 or other federal agency grant support.


Q: My research colleague is also my Chief, so may I submit one letter?

A: Two letters of support are required, so it is suggested that you submit a letter from a former mentor as well as your research colleague/Chief.


Q: Does the application need to go through Grants Management for pre-review

A: No, please submit your application directly to ECOR using the ECOR Online Management Portal. You can access this by clicking here.

Q: Do you have to apply online?

A: Yes. All applications must now be submitted online using the Online Grant Management Portal.

Q: Can I have deadline extension for submitting my proposal?

A: No ECOR has a tight timeframe for reviewing these proposals and therefore we must enforce our deadlines and no extensions are granted.


Q: How many awards are given each year?

A: The committee selects up to six awards per year.

Q: What is the indirect cost rate for this grant?

A: The indirect cost rate is 20% and will be included in the total amount awarded.

Q: Will applicants receive feedback/critiques back from the Review Committee?

A: Due to the large numbers of applications, the committee is not able to provide applicants with feedback/critiques.