On December 13, 2018, a pre-submission webinar is planned for potential applicants to get more information about the award program, the application and selection process and participate in a Q&A with the chair and vice chair of the 2019 selection panel. The session will cover the purpose of the program, how to apply, selection criteria, and more about what the panel is looking for and tips for submitting proposals. More details will be announced in late November via CU Connections.  Below are links to a recording of the January 2018 webinar and responses to questions prior to the 2018 review process.


Webinar Video                     Webinar Q&A

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 2019 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, 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.

CU’s thirty-nine Boettcher Investigators have been awarded a total of $9,020,000 since the program was initiated in 2010. See all CU Boettcher Investigators.


Applications must be submitted to your campus Grants office by the campus-specific deadlines included in the campus-specific instructions:

Campus Grant Offices must submit final completed applications to the President’s Office by March 1, 2019.