Greenwall Foundation—The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program

*Limited Submission Opportunity

August 24, 2020

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. It supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical, biomedical, and public health decision-making, policy, and practice, and creates a community that enhances future bioethics research by Scholars and Alumni/ae.

Priority will be given to applicants whose research addresses innovative ideas and/or emerging topics. Lower priority will be given to applicants who are primarily carrying out educational reform or theoretical work with limited applicability to practice, research, or policy.

Please note the Foundation does NOT fund:

  • Scholars to carry out bioethics teaching, institutional change, or quality improvement on bioethics issues. They expect, however, that Greenwall Faculty Scholars, and the students they teach, will do such activities during their careers.
  • Theoretical ethics research without clear application to pressing, real-world problems in clinical, biomedical, and public health decision-making, policy, and practice.
  • Survey research or qualitative research that touches on a bioethics issue unless there is a strong conceptual analysis of the bioethics issue or thoughtful analysis of the bioethics implications of the empirical findings. They are, however, interested in bioethics researchers who want to work on conceptual or normative analyses linked to their empirical findings.
  • Basic science research that has implications for a bioethics issue.
  • Bioethics work directed towards predetermined conclusions.

Dollar Amount: The award supports 50 percent of a Scholar’s salary plus benefits for three years, up to the NIH salary cap, with 10 percent institutional costs for the salary and benefits. This funding is intended to ensure that at least 50 percent of the Scholar’s time is devoted to bioethics research. In addition, the Foundation provides $5,000 each year for limited project support and travel (no indirect costs are provided for these items).

Eligibility: Applicants must be junior faculty members at a university or non-profit research institute that has tax-exempt status in the United States. Applicants must hold a faculty appointment (or other long-term research position outside a university) that allows at least 50 percent of their effort to perform research (often this is a faculty position with at least a 60 percent appointment in a tenure-track position or its equivalent). Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure or an equivalent promotion; whose research will have an impact on clinical, biomedical, and public health decision-making, policy, and practice; and who will make important contributions to the field of bioethics over their careers.

The Greenwall Foundation particularly welcomes applicants from backgrounds that are under-represented in bioethics and academia.

Required Materials for GW’s Selection Committee: GW is allowed to submit only one letter of intent to this grant program. To be considered in the internal competition, please upload the following to OVPR INFOREADY:

  • A 2-3 page, single-spaced letter of intent that includes:
    • A description of the research proposal, particularly its significance
    • How the research will be carried out and how it is likely to have an impact on clinical, biomedical, and public health decision-making, policy, and practice
    • A personal statement describing the applicant’s goals in the field of bioethics
  • A CV, no more than five single-spaced pages


  • GW Internal Deadline: August 24 @ 9:00am via OVPR INFOREADY
  • Notification of GW’s Selected Applicant: Week of August 31
  • Foundation LOI Deadline: September 21
  • Invited Full Applications Deadline: January 11

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For questions, please contact Susan Boerstling, Executive Director, Foundation Relations, at [email protected].

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