Joel and Barbara Alpert Endowment for Children of the City
The Joel and Barbara Alpert Endowment 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 years spent at Boston City Hospital and the Boston University medical community.
The endowment is used to support Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center (formerly BCH) faculty, fellows and residents early in their careers to carry out scholarly research in general pediatrics. Research is expected to study the medical and social needs of inner city children.
After accomplishing their start-up efforts, the physicians will prove competitive in identifying support for expanded projects emphasizing strategies and intervention which will result in improved health outcomes for inner city children.
Since 1995, a committee of senior department members has awarded grants after conducting competitive searches. To date over 120 awards have been made, with project awards ranging from $500 - $15,000. Projects have included the following: access barriers to health care for Latino children, assessment of illness severity in uninsured children, epidemiology of genetic influence on preterm birth, assessment of the literacy skills of low income children, and resource utilization among children with sickle cell anemia, among others. Many of these have been pilot projects leading to further investigation and substantial outside funding.
Endowment support is for one year, and in the past three to five grants have been awarded each cycle. Grants are given a priority where the pilot phase is judged likely to lead to further investigation. Resident, fellow, and junior faculty applicants must identify a senior faculty mentor and secure his or her sign-off on their proposal. All others are encouraged to demonstrate appropriate collaboration arrangements. If successfully funded, the applicant is expected to provide a six-month interim report and a final program and budget report sixty days after the grant expiration date.
Your application should be submitted electronically to Meagan Wyllie. If you cannot send the signed cover page electronically, please give it to Meagan and she'll scan it. Applications that do not follow the above format will not be reviewed.
1st Grant Cycle
May: Proposals accepted
2nd Grant Cycle
November: Proposal Accepted
Please contact Meagan Wyllie at 617.414.2574 with further questions.