The MGH Research Scholars Program 2023 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 Fall of 2023.  Please check the ECOR website and your emails from MGH Research News for updates. Click here to sign up to receive MGH Research News.

MGH Research Scholars 2023


Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 8, 2022 – 5:00 PM



The MGH Research Scholars program is a philanthropy-fueled initiative established with the aim of supporting MGH research faculty. MGH Research Scholar grants are awarded by the Mass General Research Institute (MGRI) with the objective to award at least five grants of $500,000 over five years; these will be funded at $100,000 per year including indirect costs.

The intent of these awards is to support outstanding MGH investigators doing cutting-edge research that is highly innovative and expected to result in fundamental scientific discoveries and/or clinical applications.  We ask applicants to choose one of three categories based on the research proposed in the application: clinical research, fundamental research, or population and health care research. Award recipients will be announced at the 2023 Celebration of Science which will be held on the afternoon of March 29, 2023.




Each award is $500,000 over five years; and funded at $100,000 per year, including 20% indirect costs. Recipients of these awards will be appointed MGH Research Scholars and funding will be effective June 1, 2023. The funds may be used for salary support or as directed by the recipient.




  • Applicants must have a full-time MGH appointment at the time of application and during the entire award period.
  • Applicants must hold their primary appointment at MGH and their research must be based at MGH.
  • Independent MGH research faculty at the level of HMS Assistant and Associate Professor are eligible to apply. Qualified applicants should have a proven track record in external peer reviewed funding and should demonstrate innovative ideas in their chosen field. Applicants who are promoted to Professor after the application deadline are still eligible for the award.
  • Investigators must spend the great majority of their effort in research and have one R01 or equivalent level of external support. 
  • MGH endowed scholars and investigators with endowed chairs, HHMI support, or comparable “hard money” support from your department, center, or institute that supports your research or salary are not eligible. Applicants who feel that they are eligible even if they receive hard money support may request prior approval from MGRI to apply. MGRI will consider the details of the applicant's hard money support to give special approval to apply.
  • Previous MGH Research Scholars are not eligible to apply.
  • At Mass General Hospital we believe that because of diversity we excel.  Therefore, women and UiM candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.




The primary criteria for selection will include outstanding scientific accomplishments and innovative research vision, as well as expected impact of the MGH Research Scholar funding on the field.   The final selection process may take into account:

  • Institutional priorities
  • Institutional diversity
  • Overall funding portfolio

We receive ~100 applications each year for the MGH Research Scholars program resulting in far more qualified applicants than we have awards; therefore, unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to consider reapplying.  




Applicants must include the following: 

  1. Research Category. Please select a category below that best fits your area of research: clinical research, fundamental research or population and health care research.
  2. Indicate if you have applied to be an MGH Research Scholar previously and if so, the year(s) of the application(s).
  3. Layman's Description of your work (200 words only) Please note: this description should be tailored to an audience without any background in science!
  4. Personal Research Statement (3-page limit, excluding references). This section should include:
    • Summary of your prior research work and accomplishments
    • Expected impact of your research program with a focus on how your work will benefit patients. Please focus more on how this award will allow you to help others rather than how it will help you.
    • A brief paragraph describing future goals and plans for use of the MGH Research Scholar Award
  5. Selected Listing of Five (5) Noteworthy Publications, with a brief description (3-4 sentences) of the impact of each publication.
  6. Biosketch of the Applicant in NIH Format (not a CV). Click here for a sample NIH biosketch.
  7. Other Support, a list of other current and pending support sources, with dollar amounts, in the NIH format.  If the applicant does not have other current or pending support sources, please indicate "none" when applicable.  Click here for a sample Other Support in the NIH format.




  • Use margins of 0.5 inches or greater for the Personal Research Statement, Selected Listing of Five (5) Noteworthy Publications, Biosketch, and Other Support. 
  • Use 11pt font size or greater for the Personal Research Statement, Selected Listing of Five (5) Noteworthy Publications, Biosketch, and Other Support. 
  • Upload PDF documents only.  Limit characters to A-Z, a-z and 0-9 when naming PDF documents.  Do not use periods, commas or dashes in the file name.




Applications are accepted online via the MGRI Online Grant Management Portal.  The system has been designed to allow users to:

  • Create a personal profile, which will auto-populate your future applications
  • Assign a delegate to submit applications on your behalf (optional)
  • View current calls and apply to open opportunities 
  • Save and edit current applications in progress
  • Submit completed applications
  • View all your applications that have been submitted via the Online Grants Management Portal.

Instructions for Applying Online:

  1. Create your account: Log in 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, requests 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 prior to submitting an application.

  Click 'Apply' below to begin the application.




If you have any questions, please email

To see a list of previous MGH Research Scholars, click here.