Accelerating Breakthrough Discoveries into Medicines

Application Instructions

Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award

Harrington Discovery Institute is committed to providing Scholar-Innovator awardees with a full level of support, including:

  • Up to $700,000 over two years ($100,000 guaranteed)
  • Additional funding according to the needs of specific projects
  • Project management support through our Innovation Support Center.

Support 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 project needs

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants

Harrington Discovery Institute requires that all applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Hold an MD or MD/PhD from an accredited institution
  • Hold a faculty position at an accredited academic medical center, university or research institution in the U.S. and conduct the majority of his/her research activities at that institution
  • A project may have only a single Principal Investigator (PI) who will be responsible for project oversight and financial management. The PI may engage collaborators, core labs, or commercial CROs to execute any fraction of the project.
  • Past recipients of the Harrington Scholar-Innovator Awards may submit new and distinct proposals but may not seek additional support for previously funded projects

Letter of Intent Deadline

The deadline for receipt of the Letter of Intent for the Harrington Scholar-Innovator award is Friday, May 1, 2015 at 5 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.

Harrington Scholar-Innovators will be selected by a two-stage process:

  1. Letter of Intent – to be submitted by May 1, 2015
  2. Those invited will submit a full application - due on August 3, 2015.

Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed. Late submissions will be accepted only if the delay is due to an issue with Harrington Discovery Institute’s submission system.


Submission will be completed online at

Please submit LOI packet on line at

Before applying for the Harrington Scholar-Innovator award, please review the Grant Policies carefully to ensure that your application will meet the program requirements.

Submission Instructions

  • Please submit your Letter of Intent through
  • Click “Register Here” button and complete applicant registration and log in to your account. If you are a past applicant, click “Forgot Password” to be emailed a temporary password.
  • Log into the system through
  • Click “My Profile” to input or update your contact information.
  • Click the “Home” button to return to the homepage, and click on the “Apply Now” button to complete and submit your Letter of Intent.

Letter of Intent Guidelines

  1. Biographical Sketch in the new NIH format (NOT-OD-15-032) for the Principal Investigator (“PI”) named on the application. (Limit no more than five (5) pages - PDF only)
    1. Publications should list all authors. Use 11 point font or larger.
    2. Follow the NIH format, but also include pending support (applications submitted or pending funding) in Section D. If there is no pending support, state “Pending Support: None”. In addition, please first list most relevant publications to this application.
  2. Introduction (250 words maximum): Background and critical unknowns or problems addressed by the study.
  3. Discovery, Target or Product (250 words maximum): Describe the discovery, molecular target, and/or envisioned product. If applicable, what is (are) the critical product development unknowns or needs (e.g. target validation, lead discovery/optimization, safety/pharmacology, efficacy, etc.).
  4. Innovation & Impact (250 words maximum): What is novel or innovative? How will the science or product advance clinical practice, patient outcomes? Please indicate potential clinical, medical impact, and/or commercial opportunity. If known, please state the specific embodiment or “product” (drug, biologic, diagnostic, other).
  5. Aims (250 words maximum): Project outline or summary.
  6. Key Data (optional, 1 page limit, PDF only): Upload no more than 1 (one) piece of key data that supports your proposal.

References or supplementary materials are not required.

Budget. No budget is required at this time.

Assessment Criteria

The projects will be assessed based on:

  • Quality of the science and the scientist
  • Novelty and innovative quality of the work
  • Potential for impact on human health

Comments from Review Committee

Harrington Discovery Institute is unable to provide reviewers’ comments or feedback.

Notification of Receipt

Applicants will receive an email indicating that their submission has been received. If a confirmation is not received within 10 minutes, please email .

Notification of Results

All applicants will be notified of their status via email by the end of June.


Questions should be directed to

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Harrington Scholar-Innovator 2016 closed. Letters of Intent are no longer being accepted. To be notified of the 2017 call for proposals, please sign-up for News and Updates.

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

For Questions

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