Faculty invited to apply for Boettcher Investigator status

Awards of $225,000 available to five early career researchers at CU
By Staff

The University of Colorado and the Boettcher Foundation have announced the 2015 Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program.

The program supports early career investigators whose research has a direct impact on human health. The grants are intended to fund translational research that advances a discovery closer to clinical applications and which will improve the understanding, treatment and prevention of human disease.  Awardees will carry the prestigious title of Boettcher Investigator.

For purposes of this program, an eligible Early Career Investigator (ECI) is defined as:

  • An investigator who is within four years of appointment to his/her career-track academic position (i.e. whose career-track appointments began no earlier than Jan. 1, 2010).  In general these are faculty appointments with significant expectations regarding research, and/or teaching, and/or clinical activities and may be tenure track or non-tenure track.
  • An investigator who has not previously received a major independent research award.  A major independent research award is determined to be a National Institutes of Health (NIH) RO1 or similar grant that provides independent research support of at least $125,000 (either single-year or multiple-year award), and which was awarded through a rigorous peer-review process conducted by a public or private institution. Multiple independent awards that are each less than $125,000, but that total more than $125,000, will not affect eligibility.
  • The ECI will have received a terminal degree or completed his/her medical residency within the 10 years preceding the application (i.e. on or after Jan. 1, 2004).

Five CU faculty researchers will receive $225,000 each for research conducted over a one- to three-year period.  Eligible faculty researchers from all four CU campuses are encouraged to apply.

NEW MANDATORY PROCESS:  To determine eligibility, interested applicants are required to submit their biosketch by Dec. 15 to for review.

The Boettcher Foundation has awarded CU’s 17 current Boettcher Investigators a total of $3.9 million through the 2010-14 programs.

Full details about the program, eligibility, CU’s application construction and submission procedures, CU deadlines, the review process and criteria, the application components, and extensive instructions about how to apply all are available at  Please do not contact the Boettcher Foundation directly.

Please note:  The deadline for initial campus submissions for pre-award review is Feb. 6, 2015. 

The Office of the President manages this competitive peer-reviewed program for CU grant applications.  Please refer to the award program website for additional information at  Inquires may be sent to