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Falk Medical Research Trust Awards Programs Catalyst Award 2017

To:Chairs and Administrators; Departments in the Biological Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:May 09, 2017
Subject:Falk Medical Research Trust Awards Programs Catalyst Award 2017


Deadline for Internal Review:May 30, 2017

Project Description

The Catalyst Awards provide an opportunity to conduct preliminary work on high-risk, high-reward research addressing a wide variety of clinical disease areas. The target of the Falk Catalyst’s funding are projects at the intersection of technology and clinical science, intended to move from insights gained from basic science towards creating solutions, techniques and tools that can be transferred to clinical practice in the near term. The Catalyst Awards are a stepping stone to eligibility for the Falk Transformational Awards Program. In order to be funded Catalyst research projects must describe specific milestones and benchmarks that if successfully met, would then enable recipients to apply for additional funding through the two-year Transformational Awards program.

Research Focus:
This program is designed to support high-risk, high-reward projects that address critical scientific and therapeutic roadblocks. If successful, these projects will open new avenues for treating and curing disease. The Program has three principal areas of focus:
1. Identification of biological markers of disease activity and progression,
2. Identification of targets for therapeutic interventions, and
3. Development of therapeutic agents that will disrupt, arrest, or prevent the disease process.

Amount per Award: Up to $300,000 per year
Duration of Award: 1 year seed funding to lay foundation for the Transformational Award – 2 years of additional research funding
Number of Awards: The number of Catalyst Awards available will be determined by the Trustee each year, depending on the availability of funds and the merit of the applications received.

Falk 2017 Guidelines.pdf


  • Hold a full-time faculty appointment
  • Are independent investigator (s) with demonstrated institutional support and the specialized space and facilities needed to conduct the proposed research
  • Applicants may not have funding support for a similar project
  • United States citizenship is not required; visa documentation is not required
  • Each PI may only submit one application

UW-Madison may nominate up to 2 applicants


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:
Please include the following information:

  • Cover Page
  • Research Project Summary and Performance Sites:  maximum of 400 words
  • Biosketch: use the current NIH format, a maximum of five pages
  • Current and Pending Support: list ongoing and pending projects along with their overall goals and responsibilities of the Applicant. Clearly describe any scientific or budgetary overlap.
  • Research Proposal: include significance and impact; preliminary studies/preliminary data (if available); specific aims; and potential limitations and/or pitfalls. Five pages maximum.

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to Falk Medical Research Trust by July 27, 2017.