Internal Funding Opportunities

MSCIC Scholars Award (11/06/2020)

One of the Center’s initiatives will be to award a series of pilot grants to develop and deploy treatments for COVID-19. All Health System community members, regardless of title or position, are encouraged to apply via this FORM. Finalists will have the opportunity to present their proposals at the Mount Sinai Clinical Intelligence Center 2020 COVID-19 Symposium on Friday, November 20. The event will feature talks on the groundbreaking COVID-19 research performed by Health System researchers and clinicians.

Application Deadline: November 6, 2020

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Mount Sinai's new Laureates Program

I hope that everyone by now has seen the exciting announcement about the BioMedical Laureates Program at Mount Sinai, which will recruit 20 new Black or Latinx faculty in basic or clinical research over the next 5 years.

The goal is to recruit one established faculty member (assistant, associate, or full professor) and one junior Instructor (who will be nurtured to develop an independent research program) in the basic sciences and in the clinical sciences each year for the next 5 years.

This is a spectacular program and we look to all of you to bring outstanding candidates forward. We will be providing further details over the next several weeks, but please get started right away in identifying candidates who would join us starting summer 2021. Candidates will then be reviewed competitively to select our Laureates in what we expect to be a highly selective process. The success of this program will depend on all of you bringing the best candidates forward to us.

Please contact Lynne Richardson for further information on clinical science Laureate positions, and me for basic science positions.

Thank you, Eric Nestler

Trainee Innovation Idea Award For Graduate and Medical Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Housestaff (10/15/2020)

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is committed to nurturing and recognizing innovation among all its trainees and faculty. We will be honoring students and other trainees at our Annual Innovation Awards Ceremony. Eligibility is restricted to current MD, MD/PhD and PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and housestaff currently employed full-time within the Mount Sinai Health System. The Prizes are designed to highlight innovative research ideas from the Mount Sinai community that could potentially be translated into a marketable product.

Award Criteria

  • This prize recognizes innovative ideas in Basic Science, Translational Science or Clinical Care Delivery and should be an idea unrelated to any other course assignment or thesis work. Also, the innovative idea can be a concept only, concept plus validation, or at an implementation stage. However, the idea should be innovative and address an important unmet need.
  • Applications may be made by individuals or teams. Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged to apply.
  • There will be four prizes, one in each of the following categories: 1) MD & MD/PhD student; 2) PhD student; 3) Postdoctoral fellow; & 4) Housestaff. If the application is from a team, the team leader’s affiliation will determine their group category.
  • The submission deadline is October 15, 2020. The winners will be announced mid-November and the award presentations will take place on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 in a virtual ceremony.
  • A single cash prize per submission (individual or team) will be awarded for each of the four trainee categories. Note that the prize money will be distributed equally amongst members of a team and taxes will be withheld.
  • Submit applications as a single PDF file to; please label the file with the lead investigator’s last name (e.g, Smith, Innovation Application).
  • Deadline is 5 PM, October 15, 2020; winners will be recognized at the 2020 SINAInnovations Award Ceremony on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

Application for Innovation Recognition Award (Maximum 1 page, as a pdf file)

  • Name(s)
  • Category (MD or MD-PhD student/PhD student / Postdoctoral Fellow/ HouseStaff)
  • Describe the unmet need /problem that is being addressed.
    • What disease, condition, or problem does your innovation address?
    • What is the size of patient population affected by this disease/condition (provide numbers)?
  • Describe your innovative idea and what makes it unique among other innovations in the same field?
    • At which stage is the innovation—concept only, concept plus validation, or implementation stage? Please describe.
    • Have there been other attempts to address this problem? – provide examples
    • If so, why is your innovation better? In other words, why will anyone use your innovation compared to what is currently in the marketplace?
    • What will it take to make this innovation a reality? How long? Would regulatory approval (e.g., FDA) be required?
    • How would success of your innovation be measured; what are the benchmarks or metrics?
Faculty Idea Prize 2020 Request for Applications (11/04/2020)

Nominations are sought for the Faculty Idea Prize, sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, previously the Office of Academic Development and Enrichment. This $10,000 award will recognize and honor collaborative research by junior investigators in the Mount Sinai Health System.

The prize is designed to highlight collaborative, innovative research that can potentially be translated into a marketable product. The results of the collaborative projects should go beyond what is possible through individual PI-driven research, with a goal of launching a multidisciplinary project that can create value through the development of therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, novel clinical programs or digital health applications.


  • To accelerate collaborative, multi-disciplinary research through the identification of researchers with complementary expertise.
  • To support and facilitate promising early translational technologies through research funding.


  • Applicants meet the following qualifications:
    • COLLABORATION: There must be at least two applicants from two different departments
    • RANK: All applicants must be either Instructors or Assistant Professors in the Mount Sinai Health System.  Applications with faculty collaborators above these ranks will not be considered.
    • LIMIT: One application per faculty member. A faculty member may not submit or be listed as a collaborator on multiple applications.

Application Guidelines:

  • Deadline: November 4th,  2020 by 5pm
  • How to submit: A single pdf by e-mail to
  • What to include in your application:
    • 2 page limit, 11-point font, single spaced, 1 inch margins
    • Project title
    • Abstract (150 words)
    • Methods: study design/experimental approach
    • Proposed Outcome: detail how the proposed research could be translated into a marketable, clinically relevant product
    • Leadership Plan: describe the roles and areas of responsibility of the individual PIs and a specific plan for data sharing and communication
  • Additional items to include:
    • NIH biosketch with current and pending research support for each PI
    • References (to research being presented, not included in two page limit)

Nominations will be considered by the Executive Committee and the recipient announced at the Sinai Innovations Award Ceremony.

Questions? Contact Us: The Office of Faculty Development

Corinne Johnson, MPH ( Program Manager
Lauren Peccoralo, MD, MPH ( Senior Associate Dean Faculty Well-Being and Development

GCO Funding Opportunities

Monthly and continuous submission funding opportunity packets are available on the GCO Funding Opportunities web page.


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