Why Mount Sinai?
- Mount Sinai serves one of the largest and most diverse patient populations, which greatly enriches our data and enables us to address the needs of all individuals
- The integration of our medical school and hospital system epitomizes the translational research continuum—bridging the gap between the bench and the bedside
- Our scientists pursue innovative and interdisciplinary partnerships and take the kinds of risks that lead to groundbreaking discoveries
- Mount Sinai has created a uniquely dynamic environment in which early-career investigators can thrive and grow through collaboration, mentorship, and access to state-of-the-art resources
- With a holistic focus on health issues worldwide, our research aims to improve the health of underserved communities both locally and globally
Why The Tisch Cancer Institute (TCI)?
- TCI is a National Cancer Institute-designated center that focuses on early disease detection, intervention, and treatment
- With expertise spanning basic, clinical, and population science, our researchers pursue a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatments and clinical breakthroughs
- We are identifying new ways to overcome cancer with robust efforts in immunotherapies, cancer genetics, and novel therapeutics and quickly translating research findings into clinical trials
Research Project | AWARD
Funding Amount: $150K ($50K/year for three years)
Eligible Projects: selected by a review committee
Why Support a Research Project?
- We aim to give our most promising researchers — whether they are in the early phases of their careers or are more established and venturing into a new area of investigation — the freedom and flexibility to follow science wherever it leads
- Priority will be given to investigators who seek to form new collaborations with colleagues in other disciplines
- Projects will be designed with a goal of generating the preliminary data needed to secure external funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other sources
- Researchers are eager to share information about their projects and findings, giving donors who generously support their work a front-row view of discoveries as they unfold
Early-Career Investigator | AWARD
Funding Amount: $300K ($100K/year for three years)
Eligible Faculty Members: Assistant Professors
Why Early-Career Investigators?
- Young scientists bring new ideas, technologies, methodologies, and ways of thinking to shift the paradigm and push the boundaries of knowledge
- The early part of a scientific career is often the most creative, as indicated by the number of Nobel Prizes awarded for work conducted at the beginning of laureates’ careers
- Support for early-career investigators is a major gap in our nation’s scientific enterprise: In order to establish their own labs and qualify for an RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—the lifeblood of a scientific laboratory—scientists need to collect robust data and/or publish extensively, neither of which young investigators are able to do this early in their careers and without philanthropy
- With limited funding sources, young investigators are the most vulnerable, and academic medicine is at risk of losing brilliant minds to other industries
Established Investigator | AWARD
Funding Amount: $750K ($250K/year for three years)
Eligible Faculty Members: Associate Professors and Professors
Why Established Investigators?
- Established investigators have a proven record of success and expertise in their respective fields
- Decreased funding opportunities, particularly from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—the lifeblood of a scientific laboratory—have made competition much fiercer and limited scientists’ ability to pursue new lines of inquiry
- Philanthropic support allows these experts to build on their accomplishments and discoveries, as well as pursue novel and creative scientific directions beyond the scope of their previous work