Funding Opportunity: Smith Excellence in Biomedical Research

June 24, 2021



In 1991, the Smith Family Foundation created a grants program to support promising junior faculty who were beginning to establish their own independent laboratories and research programs. Since 1992, the Program has funded 181 scientists for a total investment of $38.3 million.


Applications may focus on all fields of basic biomedical science. Investigators in the physical sciences (physics, chemistry and engineering) with biomedical research projects are also encouraged to apply.



Online Application Deadline:

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 12:00 Noon, U.S. Eastern Time


Funding Period:

April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2025


Award Amount:

$300,000 over three years, inclusive of 5% institutional overhead 


• Full-time faculty whose Assistant Professor appointment began between 10/1/18 and 4/1/22


• Preliminary applications will be accepted from eligible faculty at any nonprofit academic institution, hospital, or free standing nonprofit biomedical research facility in Massachusetts


• Preliminary applications will also be accepted from Brown University and Yale University


• Women and people of color are encouraged to apply