Call for nominations: New Faculty Excellence and Innovation Awards

OHSU Research & Innovation is inviting nominations for a new research award designed to retain and empower exceptionally innovative early- and middle-stage investigators. This award is intended to accelerate the career transition of awardees to fully independent investigators. $750,000 over three years 

Two to three Faculty Excellence and Innovation Awards will be granted in fiscal year 2020, with recipients receiving a total of $750,000 over three years. Up to $50,000 of the award may go toward repayment of educational debt.

Due date: August 31, 2019
Selections will be made by October 31, 2019 

For this initial round, each School of Medicine department chair, Schools of Dentistry, Nursing, and Public Health deans, and independent center/institute heads may nominate one candidate. Nominating chairs or similar leaders will submit applications on behalf of the applicants via OHSU’s Competitive Application Portal (CAP).

See details: Competitive Application Portal (CAP)

The Faculty Excellence and Innovation Award is made possible by a gift from the Silver Family Innovation Fund. The program directs substantial resources to exceptionally creative scientists and physician-scientists who represent the next generation of faculty leaders at OHSU and positions them for sustained independence. The awards application is open to:

  • Early-Stage Investigators: Faculty members who have completed their terminal research degree or medical residency within the past ten years and who have not yet competed successfully for major independent funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other agencies.
  • Mid-Stage or Early-Independent Investigators: Faculty members who have received their first R01 or equivalent grant from the NIH or other agency within the past ten years.

Questions? Please email 

Recognizing that a diverse scientific and health care workforce provides a catalyst for discovery, applicants from under-represented backgrounds in science and health care – including but not limited to women and African-Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives and Latinos – are strongly encouraged to apply and may be given special consideration.

“The early years in an independent scientific career are crucial,” said Peter Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D., OHSU chief research officer and executive vice president. “They define the trajectory of a scientist’s research program—and whether that program gathers sufficient steam to lead to consistent productivity and innovation. This new award is designed to transform the early careers of promising OHSU scientists and should facilitate the expansion and sustainability of their laboratories.”

We anticipate that this award will be highly competitive

External reviewers will review applications with oversight by OHSU Research & Innovation.

Applicants will be required to articulate their long-term research vision and to propose one or more specific milestone-driven research projects they intend to conduct using award dollars.