Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards

The Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program supports early career investigators whose research 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. Awardees will carry the prestigious title of Boettcher Investigator.

For purposes of the 2017 program, an eligible Early-Career Investigator (ECI) is defined as:

  1. 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, 2012). 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,
  2. 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,
  3. An investigator who received a terminal degree or completed his/her medical residency within the ten years preceding the application (i.e. on or after January 1, 2006), and 
  4. An investigator who is either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.

CU’s twenty-eight Boettcher Investigators have been awarded a total of $6,435,000 through the 2010 - 2016 programs. See all CU Boettcher Investigators.


The application deadlines for the 2017 Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program will  be announced in November.

Campus Grant Offices must submit final completed applications to the President's Office by March 3, 2017.