LIMITED SUBMISISON Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr Foundation

04/25/2014 (All day)


Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr Foundation

The Mallinckrodt Grant Program is a limited-submission opportunity; two candidates per year may be nominated. To be considered, please submit a 2 page paper targeted for a lay audience and your CV to Michelle Wonsey, byFriday, April 25, 2014. For technical questions, please contact Linda Sopp.

Mallinckrodt grants support early stage investigators, within 3-5 years tenure, engaged in basic biomedical research to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease. Awards are $60,000 each of three years for start-up support to move projects forward to the point where R01 or other independent funding can be obtained. Applicants with current R01 funding should not apply.


In the 2 page paper header, include: 1) your name, 2) department, 3) email and phone 4) tenure month and year, and 5) title of the project.  If your research is disease specific, describe the broader implications. Include a few references in the concept paper.

Concept paper suggestions:

•        Thoroughly investigate the foundation’s objectives and focus your proposal on those objectives.  Specifically demonstrate how your research aligns with their interests. Describe how the Mallinckrodt funded project will help you obtain a RO1. Internal reviewers’ criteria includes: “Who/which project is the most likely to get follow-up NIH funding?”

•        Consider the target audience.  Foundation reviewers (unlike federal) include people outside the field. Illustrative analogies are often helpful (e.g. “. . . essential to communication in the brain as copper wire is essential to electrical distribution in the home.”)

•        Structure counts! While reviewers are rating the science of the project, the composition of the paper is equally important. Simply cutting and pasting from other proposals (e.g. NSF) will create a disjointed concept paper without good “flow” and logic. The question the committee answers is: “Which candidate has created the most logical, compelling, competitive case?” Start with an outline; expect to edit/rewrite numerous times to make it cohesive, and as good as it can be.

•        In the first paragraphs include 1) the hypothesis, 2) evidence of the significance and potential impact of the project, 3) an overview of what will be done, and 4) the outcome anticipated. Do not make the reader wait until the end of the page to learn how your project aligns with the foundation’s mission. You may want to include the prevalence and cost to the U.S. healthcare system. How much of a problem is it? How much is it costing the system?

•        Use bolded subheadings.

•        Use scientifically meaningful visuals/graphs if they will help a lay reader understand the science.

•        Include a well thought out and described research plan.

•        The essence of the proposal should be what you are going to do and how. Limit the background information.

•        Avoid technical jargon and acronyms. If they must be used, briefly define terms.

Sponsor Deadlines:  Friday, August 1.