Accelerating Breakthrough Discoveries into Medicines

Award Program Details

What We Fund

The Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award selection committee seeks breakthrough discovery defined by innovation, creativity, and potential clinical impact including:

  • Discoveries deemed to address unmet medical needs
  • Novel targets
  • Potential to be developed into a commercial program.
  • Possess intellectual property (IP) or protection strategy
  • May be either a small molecule or biologic
  • Diagnostics or devices only acceptable as part of a therapeutic development project or if completely transformative

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the award, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold an MD, MD/PhD
  • Hold a faculty position at an accredited academic medical center, university or research institution in the US and conduct the majority of his/her research activities at that institution
  • A project may have only a single PI who is 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 Harrington Scholar-Innovator awards may submit new and distinct proposals but may not seek additional support for previously funded projects

Application Submission and Selection Process

  1. Interested applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent by Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM (Midnight), Eastern Daylight Time.
  2. The Harrington Discovery Institute will select projects that:
    • Represent the highest quality science
    • Demonstrate a highly innovative approach
    • Have the greatest clinical potential
    • Address unmet needs
  3. Up to 12 Harrington Scholar-Innovators will be selected and announced in December.

Submissions will be completed online at

Download our Guidelines [PDF]

Late submissions will not be accepted for any reason other than issues with the Harrington Discovery Institute’s submission system. Proposals received by Harrington Discovery Institute after the deadline will not be reviewed.

Dates to Know

April 5, 2017
Letter of Intent Deadline

May 31, 2017
Full Application Deadline (For those invited)

December 2017
Awardees 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