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The University of Colorado's 2019 Class of Boettcher Investigators: from left to right, M. Cecilia Caino, Robert Dietz, Neelanjan Mukherjee, Tara Cepon-Robins and Kelly Sullivan.

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.

CU’s forty-four Boettcher Investigators have been awarded a total of $10,195,000 since the program was initiated in 2010. See all CU Boettcher Investigators.

Eligibility Criteria and Deadlines:

Eligibility criteria and application deadlines for the 2020 Awards will be announced in late 2019.

For purposes of the 2019 program, an eligible Early-Career Investigator (ECI) was 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, 2014). 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. For purposes of determining eligibility, post-doctoral appointments, residencies and courtesy instructor titles are not considered career-track academic appointments. However, you must identify any of these exceptions in your biosketch, and fully and clearly state the nature of the appointment;
  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] R01 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, 2008); and
  4. An investigator who is either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.