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Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Awards

Each year at its annual meeting, the Association of American Medical Colleges presents its major awards honoring individuals and programs making significant contributions to our community in the fields of medical education, research, and community service. In 2000, three additional Herbert W. Nickens awards were established.

Specific information about each award and their respective nomination requirements is available by accessing the pages linked at AAMC Grants and Awards.


Executive Committee on Research (ECOR)

ECOR has a major internal grants program, virtually a mini-foundation, that annually reviews nearly 700 applications from MGH investigators and fellows and awards approximately 120 internal grants. A major grants program launched six years ago provides interim/bridge support to faculty whose NIH or other federal funding is delayed or otherwise interrupted.

ECOR also awards the Martin Prize, the Howard Goodman Award, the Claflin Awards, and the Multi-Cultural Affairs Office Award, the Ryder Award, and the Tosteson and Fund for Medical Discovery post-doc fellowship awards.

In January 2011, ECOR launched the MGH Scholars Program, a major initiative to award research support to outstanding faculty in the MGH research community in support of innovative, cutting-edge research. The first five scholars were named on May 6; each Scholar each received $100,000 a year for 5 years. The 100 million dollars in philanthropic funds to support this initiative is part of the Hospital's Capital Campaign.


Gates Foundation Announces $35 Million in Funding for Innovative Ideas in Family Health

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will invest US $35 million in grants to expand the pipeline of groundbreaking ideas that can help women and children live more prosperous and healthy lives. The funding, announced at the annual Grand Challenges Meeting in Delhi, India, will support two new Grand Challenges in Global Health grant programs:

»Preventing Preterm Birth, managed in partnership with the Global Alliance for the Prevention of Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children's, will invest US $20 million in the discovery and development of interventions to prevent preterm birth and stillbirth by limiting infection and improving nutrition.
For more information, please visit: The GAPPS website.

»Discover New Ways to Achieve Healthy Growth will invest US $15 million in research to discover the causes of growth faltering during the first 1,000 days of life and to identify effective and affordable interventions to promote healthy growth.
To learn more, please visit: Grant Opportunities.

In addition, the Gates Foundation announced $9 million in funding for a new related initiative, "Biomarkers of Gut Function and Health," that seeks to develop non-invasive measures of intestinal functioning as a way to assess infant health and development.
To learn more, please visit: Gut Function Biomarkers.

To learn more about GCE, please visit: Grand Challenges in Global Health

Application Instructions
*Please note Grand Challenges Explorations Round 9 will open in March 2012


Grand Challenges in Global Health

The Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative fosters scientific and technological innovation to solve key health problems in the developing world.

For more information on grant opportunities, please visit: Grand Challenges in Global Health. is THE single access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant making agencies. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community. allows organizations to electronically find and apply for more than $400 billion in Federal grants.

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Radcliffe Fellowship Opportunities

Typical fellows (outside the arts) are faculty, and fellowship stipends are targeted to complement sabbatical support from fellows' home institutions. Harvard faculty may also apply, and recent classes have included 8-10 Harvard junior and senior faculty. We aim for a class diverse in many dimensions - career stage (both senior and junior faculty), field, nationality, as well as gender. In the sciences, we also have been encouraging participation by researchers in national or industry labs, though as with academics, we expect home institutions to provide partial support. We do not ordinarily provide postdoctoral fellowships for various reasons, including the large number of alternative sources of funding for such positions.

For more information: How to Apply for a Fellowship




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