Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards

The Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program supports early-career investigators engaged in translational research.

The University of Colorado and the Boettcher Foundation are pleased to announce the 2015 Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program. The program supports early career investigators whose research has a direct impact on human health. The grants are intended to fund translational research that advances a discovery closer to clinical applications and that will improve the understanding, treatment and prevention of human disease. Awardees will carry the prestigious title of Boettcher Investigator.

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 (i.e. whose career-track appointments began no earlier than January 1, 2010).  In general these are faculty appointments with significant expectations regarding research, and/or teaching, and/or clinical activities and may be tenure-track or non-tenure track.
  • An investigator who has not previously received a major independent research award.  A major independent research award is determined to be a National Institutes of Health [NIH] RO1 or similar grant which provides independent research support of at least $125,000 (either single-year or multiple-year award), and which was awarded through a rigorous peer review process conducted by a public or private institution. Multiple independent awards that are each less than $125,000, but that total more than $125,000 will not impact eligibility.
  • The ECI will have received a terminal degree or completed his/her medical residency within the ten years preceding the application (i.e. on or after January 1, 2004). 

Five CU faculty researchers will receive $225,000 each for research conducted over a one to three year period.  Eligible faculty from all four CU campuses are encouraged to apply. Please refer to the Application and Applicant Instructions for further details.


Interested applicants must submit the approved Boettcher biosketch form to determine eligibility. These are due by December 15, 2014 to for review. Click here to see complete eligibility guidelines

There is an online process for submission facilitated through campus grants administration offices. Campuses must submit all applications on behalf of applicants.

Proposal applications must be submitted your campus grants office per the following CU Campus deadlines: 
All materials due by 5 p.m. MST on the date listed below.

  • February 6, 2015 Initial application to campus pre-award offices by Principal Investigators (PI)
  • February 24, 2015 Final submission by PI to campus pre-award offices following requested proposal corrections and changes.
  • February 27, 2015 Final completed application submitted to the President's Office by campus grant offices.

CU’s seventeen current Boettcher Investigators have been awarded a total of $3.9 million through the 2010 - 2014 programs. See all CU Boettcher Investigators.