Award Program Details
Up to 10 Harrington Rare Disease Scholars are chosen each year. The award includes:
- $150,000 guaranteed, opportunity to qualify for up to $1,000,000
- Drug development expertise and project management support through the Harrington Discovery Institute Innovation Support Center
- Facilitated access to Takeda’s research and development experts
- Dedicated pharma team provided for each scholar
- Business and commercialization advice
- Clinical development advice
- Regulatory assistance
- Intellectual property review and advice
- Access to contract search organizations / service providers
The Harrington Discovery Institute and its Innovation Support Center team will work closely with the awardee and their affiliated institution to maximize the clinical and commercial potential of the selected project.
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
- Modulators of novel targets
- Potential to be developed into a commercial program
- Possess strong intellectual property (IP) or protection strategy
- May be either a small molecule, biologic, or other therapeutic modality
- Diagnostics or devices only acceptable as part of a therapeutic development project or if completely transformative
To be eligible for the award, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Hold an MD or MD/PhD (or equivalent)
- 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.
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.
Any questions should be directed to HDIQuestions@HarringtonDiscovery.org.