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Joel and Barbara Alpert Endowment for Children of the City

The Joel and Barbara Alpert Endownment for Children of the City was established at Boston University School of Medicine in honor of the work carried out by the Alperts over their 25 yearswith Boston City Hospital, Boston Medical Center, and the Boston University medical community.

The endowment is used to support Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center residents, fellows, and faculty early in their careers to carry out scholarly research relevant to general pediatrics. Research is expected to study the medical and social needs of vulnerable children, their families, and their communities.

After conducting their Endowment-sponosored projects, grantees will prove competitive in identifying support for expanded projects, which will emphasize strategies and interventions resulting in improved health outcomes for vulnerable children.

Since 1995, a committee of senior Pediatrics Department members has reviewed and awarded Endowment grants. To date over 125 awards have been made. Many of these represent pilot projects that have led to further investigation and substantial outside funding - from both federal and foundation sources. Endoment support is typically for one year; three to five grants are typically awarded each cycle. Grants are given a priority if the pilot phase is judged likely to lead to further investigation, and the applicant can clearly articulate what he/she anticipates the research trajectory to be. Quality improvement and medical education grants are eligible for funding only if they have robust evaluation components felt to meet the standards of generalizable research.

Resident, fellow, and junior faculty applicants must identify a senior faculty mentor and secure his or her sign-off on the proposal. Additionally, beginning in the Fall 2014 cycle, mentors are required to write a letter (to be submitted with the application), outlining the mentor's role in the generation of the application, what his/her role will be in the conduct of the research (including the mentor-mentee meeting schedule), why the work should be funded, and why the work is important to vulnerable children. Where appropriate, applicants are encouraged to demonstrate collaboration arrangements within and beyond the Boston University Medical campus. Grantees are expected to provide a six-month interim progress report and a final program and budget report sixty days after the grant expiration date. In both of these reports, grantees should comment on the frequence of interaction with their mentor and communicate what they have learned from the relationship.

Submission Guidelines

  • The grant application should be double-spaced and no longer than 10 pages.  Please number the pages consecutively, including the cover page (see below).
  • The first page should be the cover page.  This counts in the page numbering.
  • The format should follow a modified NIH outline – specific aims; background and significance; preliminary data (if any); research design and methods; and literature cited.
  • The last page(s) should be the budget (counts in page numbering).
  • NIH biosketches should follow the budget (they do not count in the page numbering).
  • A detailed project budget and brief budget justification must be included. 
  • For all applications, the budget should not exceed $5-7,000.
  • The budget cannot include any faculty salary support, travel expenses, and computer/equipment.
  • A required part of the application is a signed letter from a faculty mentor (does not count in the page numbering).  This letter should include what your mentor feels he/she brings to the project, a tentative meeting schedule, and why your mentor feels this project is important.

Your application should be submitted electronically to Joe Eugenio. If you cannot send the signed cover page electronically, please give it to Joe and he'll scan it.  Applications that do not follow the above format will not be reviewed.


Alpert Grant Application Cover Page
Alpert Final Report Form
Alpert Progress Report Form
Alpert Petty Cash Log

Spring Grant Cycle

May 15: Proposals Due
Mid-June: Award notifications
July 1: Year long funding begins

Fall Grant Cycle

December 1: Proposals Due
Mid-December: Award Notifications
January 1: Year long funding begins

Please contact Joe Eugenio at 617.414.5253 with further questions.

Updated: May 10, 2016

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