The 2017 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Awards call for applications is closed. The previous call is below for your reference only.  This call for applications is scheduled to be updated in the Spring of 2017 and the deadline will be in May of 2017. Please check the ECOR website and your emails from MGH Research News for updates. Click here to sign up to receive MGH Research News.

2017 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Awards


MGH Internal Call for Preliminary Applications

Internal Deadline: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – 5:00 PM



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. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the Assistant Professor level.

MGH is eligible to nominate one candidate. Preliminary Applications will be reviewed and assessed by the ECOR Subcommittee on Review of Research Proposals (SRRP). The selected nominee will be emailed login information directly from the Pew Scholars Program and must complete the online application by November 1, 2016 (ECOR must forward the name of the MGH nominee to the Pew Charitable Trusts by July 15, 2016).

MGH Internal Preliminary Applications: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Foundation deadline: Monday, November 1, 2016


The current grant level is $240,000 (including 8% indirect costs); $60,000 per year for a four-year period.


  • Applicants must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
  • Applicants must hold full-time appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor at the time of application, May 17, 2016.  Individuals whose careers are sufficiently advanced to warrant appointment at the associate level will not be considered eligible.
  • Applicants must have held their appointment as Assistant Professor for less than three years as of July 15, 2016  (not appointed before July 1, 2013), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit.
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total.
  • Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew Scholars Program.


The awarded funds may be used at the discretion of the Pew scholar, for personnel, equipment, supplies, or travel directly related to the Scholar's research and as to best advance his or her research and career. Not more than $10,000 of the annual award may be used for the scholar's salary (including benefits).  It is expected that Pew Scholars will spend at least 80 percent of their time in work related to the accomplishment of their overall research goals.



The MGH preliminary application must include the following 7 items (PDF documents only):

1. Project Title

2. Status of Previous Application(s). Indicate whether you have previously applied for this award. If yes, were you the selected nominee and when did you apply?.

3. A Current Biosketch in the NIH Format. Please include the month and year of all faculty appointment(s) and completion of post doc training. Please also include any previous NIH funding in section "C", Research Support, of your NIH formatted Biosketch ". Click here for the NIH format.

4. Complete publications list.

5. Funding support including all current and pending support with dates and dollar amounts.  The NIH formatted Other Support is required. Click here for the NIH Format.  

6. Research Proposal, comprised of:

  • Abstract (500 words).  This summary should be a brief synopsis of the proposed research. The abstract may not exceed 500 words and it must be single-spaced. Text only; no figures or pictures embedded.
  • Description of Proposed Research (3-page limit, excluding references).   The description of proposed research should include a statement of the project to be undertaken, its aims and objectives, the methods to be used and the potential significance of the research. The description should include at least 2-3 paragraphs describing how the particular project fits in the applicant’s ‘big picture’ plans. The description of proposed research should include both the text and embedded figures. Necessary references should be included at the end of the description of research. 
  • Self-Assessment Statement from the Applicant in three sections (please number accordingly):

1. The Applicant should briefly describe their most significant research contribution to date (1400 characters or less).

2. The Applicant should highlight the most innovative and novel aspects of their proposed research. They should describe a risky or creative approach they may use in pursuit of their goals (1400 characters or less).

3. The program aims to support both the research and researcher. Applicants should describe how they will benefit from the receipt of a Pew scholarship. In addition, they should reflect on why their particular research is personally significant (1400 characters or less). 

The font size in the Abstract, Description of Proposed Research and the Self-Assessment Statement must be at least 12 points.

7. One Letter of Support from Unit, Service or Department Chief. This letter should include details regarding the department’s commitment to the applicant's independent research career.


ECOR accepts all applications online via the ECOR Online Grant Management Portal. This user-friendly system will allow MGH researchers to submit electronic applications to ECOR. The system has been designed to allow users to:

  • Create a personal profile, which will auto-populate your future ECOR applications
  • Assign a delegate to submit an application to ECOR on behalf of the applicant (optional)
  • View current calls and apply to open opportunities
  • Save and edit current applications in progress
  • Submit completed applications to ECOR
  • View all your ECOR applications that have been submitted via the online grants system

Instructions for Applying Online

1. Create your account: Login using your Partners credentials and fill out the profile information.

2. Complete the application: Once your profile is complete, you will automatically progress through the online application. If you cannot complete the application at one time, “save” the application and return to it at a later time to finish. Before submitting your application, you will have the ability to make changes to the application.

3. Submit your application: Once you have completed the application click on the “submit” button at the bottom of the page. Once you submit it, you will not be able to make further changes unless you send a request to ECOR (note that once the deadline passes, request to make changes will not be accepted).

Useful tips:

  • To avoid losing your work, remember to save frequently
  • You can only upload PDF documents
  • If you previously created a profile, please ensure your information is current

Click 'Apply' below to begin the application.


  • For further information, please refer to the Pew website here:
  • Any questions regarding the internal submission and process please email ECOR.