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Harrington Scholar-Innovator Program

Harrington Scholar-Innovator Program Supports Physician-Scientists to Improve Standards of Care

The Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award recognizes physician-scientist innovators throughout the U.S. whose research has the potential to change standard of care. The innovator grant provides research and drug development funding as well as non-financial support to selected innovators and their institutions to help bridge the gap between basic discovery and clinical introduction.

Up to 10 Harrington Scholar-Innovator awards will be made each year through a competitive selection process. Innovator grantees are selected by renowned physician-scientists who serve on the Institute’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Multi-Level Support for Research Grant Recipients

Harrington Discovery Institute is committed to providing innovator grant awardees with a full level of support, including:

  • A “base” grant amount of $100,000 over two years
  • Additional funding according to the needs of your specific project
  • Direct strategic/project management support through our Innovation Support Center.

Support for innovators includes:

  • Consulting services from highly experienced drug development personnel
  • Business and commercialization advice
  • Clinical development advice
  • Regulatory assistance
  • IP review and advice
  • Assistance identifying and securing additional financial support based on needs of the project

The “base” innovator grant amount of $100,000 is flexible money that can be applied directly to your project and cannot support indirect institutional expenses.

Continued Innovator Support

Once we have a contract in place, the Director of the Innovation Support Center (ISC) will contact you to set up an initial face to face meeting. The goal of the meeting will be to help put your drug development plan into action and to introduce you to the resources of the ISC that will be made available to you. A project coordinator from the ISC will serve as your point of contact.

Clinical research grant awards are made conditional on applicant meeting the terms of the grant. Please see the scholar-innovator Grant Policies for more information.

Apply Now

2016 Harrington Scholar-Innovator call for applications opens March 3, 2015.

Dates to Know

May 1, 2015
Deadline for Letter of Intent

End of June 2015
RFP to selected applicants

August 3, 2015
Deadline for complete proposals

End of November 2015
Harrington Scholar-Innovator winners notified

Harrington Project

The Harrington Discovery Institute is the nonprofit arm of the Harrington Project for Discovery & Development, an international initiative supporting breakthrough research by physician-scientists. The Project is a new and powerful approach to address some of the challenges hindering advancement of medicine today.

The Harrington Grant is an important part of the overall pharmaceutical research initiative created by The Harrington Project.

For Questions

For questions about the Scholar-Innovator grants or the application process, please email