Investigator and Research Project Awards

If you would like to learn more about funding an investigator or research project award, please call Suzanne Klein, Executive Director of Development at 646-605-8825

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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

If you would like to learn more about funding an investigator or research project award, please call Suzanne Klein, Executive Director of Development at 646-605-8825

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