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Research / Discovery

Boettcher Foundation offering Colorado State $200,000 to fund up to three biomedical researchers

December 15, 2009

Early-career researchers at Colorado State University are eligible to apply for up to three biomedical research awards totaling $200,000 as part of a new program offered by the Boettcher Foundation through the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards.

Funding for critical biomedical research

Liesel Mundhenke, senior Chemical and Bioresource Engineering major, works with an optofluidic microscope collecting cancerous and noncancerous cells using a DEP trap. Photo by CSU Photography.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our researchers to get some additional financial support for critical biomedical research at a time when federal grants are declining,” said Bill Farland, vice president for Research and Engagement.
“We want as broad a pool of applicants as possible to ensure we’re selecting the best possible projects on behalf of the Boettcher Foundation. We are grateful for the support of the Boettcher Foundation and the Webb and Waring families.”

Become a Boettcher Investigator

The new grant program will support early career biomedical investigators in their transition to independent research. Awardees will carry the title of Boettcher Investigator in acknowledgement of the prestige of the award. The Foundation plans to support up to 15 Boettcher Investigators at Colorado’s research institutions over the next three years.

This is a competitive program and the peer review process will be managed by the offices of the Vice President for Research and Engagement and Restricted Programs. Agency programs that limit the number of proposals submitted by an organization are considered a restricted program. CSU has a system in place to review who is able to submit to these types of programs.

Eligible early-career investigator defined

For purposes of the Boettcher Foundation program, an eligible early-career investigator is defined as:

  • An investigator who is within four years of appointment to his/her career-track academic position, and who has not previously received a major independent research award.
  • It is preferable that applicants be either currently or recently involved in a mentored grant program.
  • A signed letter of offer is acceptable documentation for appointment to a career-track academic position.

Direct impact on human health

The program is designed to support research that has a direct impact on human health:

  • The biomedical research supported pursuant to this grant program will be designed to find way to prevent disease and improve human health though basic and applied biomedical research.
  • The intent of the program is to fund translational research that advances a discovery closer to clinical application.
  • This research will improve the understanding, treatment, and prevention of human disease.

Legacies of the Webb and Waring families

The Boettcher Foundation initially announced the creation of the multi-million grant program aimed at advancing biomedical research in Colorado in 2008. The result of an agreement between the Boettcher Foundation, the Webb-Waring Foundation for Biomedical Research and the University of Colorado, the grant program ensures that the legacies of the Webb and Waring families thrive in the “discovery of new knowledge that improves human health and in the advancement of young scientists.”

Applications due March 15

Applications are due March 15 and should be sent to

(Note: Please do not contact the Boettcher Foundation directly.)

Awards will be announced by the Boettcher Foundation on June 10 for work beginning July 1, 2010.

For more information on the grant program, contact Linda Foster in the Office of the Vice President for Research at (970) 491-7194.

Contact: Linda Foster
Phone: (970) 491-7194