The University of Oxford campus


Eligibility Criteria

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

  • An employee of the University of Oxford
  • A clinical academic researcher OR a team comprised of a clinician and a researcher, who work closely on the project
  • A Principal Investigator, and/or an independent researcher
  • Must be eligible to apply for external grants in their own name
  • Encouraged to attend the Harrington Discovery Institute Scientific Symposium in Cleveland, Ohio

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


Members of Harrington Discovery Institute involved in reviewing applications are required to complete Confidentiality & Disclosure Agreements to protect confidential applicant submissions.

Non-public applicant information is always kept confidential (and limited in distribution to the reviewers and the Harrington Discovery Institute administrative team). The abstract summary, including the applicant’s name and institutional affiliation, for those selected as Harrington Scholars may be used by Harrington Discovery Institute for publicity and marketing purposes (on the Harrington Discovery Institute website, new releases, etc.) at Harrington Discovery Institute’s sole discretion.

Applicants acknowledge that University Hospitals Health System may conduct research that is related to, or competitive with, proposals submitted by applicants, but University Hospitals Health System commits not to use information submitted by applications in connection with research.

Harrington Scholar Review Panel

The review panel will consist of subject matter experts with specialized scientific expertise in the area(s) designated in the application, as well as seasoned professionals with expertise in drug development and commercialization.

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

Applicants who fail to fill out their applications by the deadline and/or in accordance with the detailed instructions are subject to disqualification at the outset of the review period or any time during the review period.

Comments from Review Committee

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

Annual Scientific Symposium

Part of Harrington Discovery Institute’s mission is to build a broad connected community of physician-scientist-innovators. Harrington Discovery Institute will hold an annual symposium that awardees are required to attend.

The Harrington Scientific Symposium, held in late spring in Cleveland, Ohio, will bring together drug development experts, national disease foundation leadership, and international leaders in medicine and Harrington Scholars. Awardees are expected to present their project and findings-to-date. A stipend for travel and lodging will be provided by Harrington Discovery Institute, subject to the terms of the Award Agreement.

Use of Funds

  • General: The award may only be used for direct project expenses, not for institutional overhead.
  • Salary: The award may be used to cover salaries for post-docs equivalent to the percentage of effort devoted to the project. Please note that PI’s salary is limited to 10% of the total award amount.
  • Travel: The award may not be used for travel, meetings, professional fees, publication fees, etc.

Intellectual Property Guidelines

Harrington Discovery Institute does not claim any rights whatsoever to patents, copyrights or trademarks to intellectual property (IP) created as a result of work sponsored by a Harrington grant.

  • On all aspects of Intellectual Property, Principal Investigators are encouraged to confer with their technology transfer office and/or office of sponsored programs for guidance. Harrington Scholars may seek input and advice on patent protection from Harrington Discovery Institute’s Innovation Support Center, which also claims no rights whatsoever to IP.
  • Awardees should take measures to ensure protection of any Intellectual Property in accord with Federal and institutional requirements.

Scientific Reporting & Review of Progress

Yearly renewal of the award is dependent on timely submission of a written progress report, as well as attendance at Harrington Discovery Institute’s Scientific Symposium.

Changes to Project

A significant change in the project scope or work should be discussed with Harrington Discovery Institute’s Program Director and Chief Scientific Officer.

Awards may be transferred to another institution that agrees to assume the Policies, Terms & Conditions of the agreement. Permission to transfer the award to another institution must be obtained from Harrington Discovery Institute’s Chief Scientific Officer.

Compliance & Administrative Matters

Awards are managed by Harrington Discovery Institute. Harrington Discovery Institute staff will assure compliance with program policies and will be responsible for all administrative matters.

The Principal Investigator and his/her institution are solely responsible for execution of the project, including compliance with all relevant Federal and State laws and guidelines.

Harrington Discovery Institute reserves the right to refine and amend policies as required.


Any questions should be directed to

The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development

Breakthrough Medicine