Chair’s Research Award

Each year, the Department of Medicine provides resources through the Chair’s Research Award to fund junior investigators in the Department of Medicine who are making the transition to becoming independent scientists and planning for their first extramural funding.

Application form is at the bottom of the page; application is open each November.

Click here to view past winners of the Award.

Chair’s Research Award is a ‘lifeline’ for junior investigators -- read about how recipients have used the funding to further their research. Read more.

About the Award


  • Junior faculty within two years of completing fellowship (i.e., since July 2019) through fellows transitioning to new faculty appointments in the Department of Medicine in July, 2021 are eligible; PhD post-doctoral scientists transitioning to new faculty in the Department of Medicine are also eligible.
  • The applicant must have approval by the Chair of the proposed appointment in the Department of Medicine at the time of application. The proposed appointment will be included in the departmental plan submitted for approval by the Dean.
  • Investigators funded by a K08, K23 or equivalent, or R01 prior to the start date of the Chair’s Award will not be eligible.
  • Submission of a K08, K23, or equivalent, is required either before or during the funding year.

Funding Mechanism

  • Up to three research proposals (basic, translational, or clinical research) will be funded for fiscal year 2022 (1 July 2021 through 30 June 2022) depending on the merit of the applications received.
  • Grants are for one year of funding up to $95,000.
  • Funding is intended to provide partial salary support and fringe benefits for the applicant during his/her first years as a junior faculty member in the Department of Medicine. If the budget proposal includes items other than salary support (e.g., supplies), the budget justification needs to clearly state how the applicant’s salary will be supported. Non-salary-related expenses cannot exceed 10% of the total budget. The total funding available for all proposal expenses is $95,000.
  • Applicants who receive alternative funding after announcement of the Chair’s Award or during the tenure of the Chair’s Award may re-budget any remaining funds in the Chair’s Award to maintain salary support up to the award amount. A revised budget with detailed justification needs to be submitted to Dr. Thomas Ortel for review and approval.  In general, funds may not be re-budgeted to cover items other than the investigator’s salary.
  • Funds need to be used during the year awarded (fiscal year 2022). Any funds not expended during this time will be returned to the Department of Medicine at the end of the grant period.

Application Process

  • Notification of intent by Sunday, November 29, 2020 (submit by e-mail to Dr. Thomas Ortel with name of applicant, name of mentor, Division, and title of proposal). This notification is not necessary and is not binding, but will be used to determine the review committee for the applications.
  • Download the application below.
  • The scientific proposal should be limited to 8 pages (excluding references, human subjects and vertebrate animals), and a mentorship committee of 3 individuals is required.
  • Obtain a letter of support from your mentor. This letter needs to state what space and support will be made available to the applicant during the tenure of the Chair’s Award as well as plans for the eventual transition of the applicant to independent investigator status.
  • Obtain a letter from your Division Chief confirming your faculty appointment and stating what additional resources will be made available to support the applicant and the applicant’s research.
  • Fill out the form below and attached all application materials as one PDF document.
  • Deadline for applying is Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Competitive process

  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel of senior scientists from the Department of Medicine. Review committee will be selected based on notifications of intent.
  • Award notification will occur by March 1, 2021, for funding start date of July 1, 2021.

Progress Reports and Medicine Grand Rounds

  • A mid-year progress report is required by the end of December 2021. This should be brief (less than one page), summarizing progress, any changes in plan/direction, additional awards received and/or pending, and course for the remaining six months of the Award.
  • A final progress report is due by July 31, 2022.  This should also be brief, summarizing progress, reporting on any publications or presentations, summarizing grant support received, and future plans.
  • Awardees may be invited to present research at the Medicine Research Seminar Series.

Application form

Please download the application form (an editable .doc file), complete it and save as one PDF file to be uploaded in the submission form below.

Submission form

Open the online form to submit your application.