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The University of Northern Colorado announces a grant program to support early career biomedical investigators in their transition to independent research.

The Boettcher Foundation has established the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program, which will provide a grant of $250,000 coving up to three years of research activity with the intent to provide independent research opportunities to promising and talented early-career investigators. Awardees will carry the title of Boettcher Investigator in acknowledgement of the prestigious award.

This is a competitive program and the peer review process will be managed by the office of the President Andy Feinstein.


For purposes of this program, an eligible early-career investigator (ECI) is defined as:

 An investigator who is within four years of appointment to his/her career-track academic position, and who has not previously received a major independent research award. It is preferable that applicants be either currently or recently involved in a mentored grant program.  A signed letter of offer is acceptable documentation for appointment to a career-track academic position.

For purposes of calculating eligibility, the ECI’s initial career-track appointment should have occurred no earlier than four years prior to January 1 of the award/selection year. For example, awards that are funded in May 2024, will include ECIs whose career-track appointments began no earlier than January 1, 2020.  (NOTE: In some cases, the ECI’s career-track appointment may have occurred prior to the appointment at their current institution.)The program is designed to support research that has a direct impact on human health:

 The biomedical research supported pursuant to this grant program will be designed to find ways to prevent disease and improve human health through basic and applied biomedical research. The intent of the program is to fund meritorious research that has the potential for new discoveries or advances a discovery to the proof of its potential value as an application to improve human health. This research will improve the understanding, treatment and prevention of human disease.


Applications are due March 1, 2024 and should be sent to Dr, Jeri-Anne Lyons, Associate Vice President for Research (jeri.lyons@unco.edu).  Applications from the institution must be forwarded to the Boettcher Foundation by the institution no later than April 9, 2024. We ask that applicants do not contact the Boettcher Foundation directly.

Awards will be announced by May 25, 2024. 

Awards will support work beginning June 1, 2024.