February 09, 2017
Cleveland, Ohio – Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland, Ohio – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development – has opened its annual award competition to fund physician-scientist innovators at major academic medical centers across the country to advance their work toward therapeutic discoveries. This effort is funded with support from University Hospitals and impact philanthropist Ron Harrington and his family, for whom the institute and overarching project are named.
The Harrington Discovery Institute holds an annual competition to identify the nation’s most talented physician-scientists, who will be supported financially and professionally, all to help bridge the gap between breakthrough discovery and promising drugs that can be readied for clinical development.
Applicants have the opportunity to receive:
Letters of Intent are being accepted through April 5, 2017
This year, the institute will select up to 12 researchers to receive Harrington Scholar-Innovator awards, which provide financial support (up to $700,000) to each physician-scientist, as well as project management support from leaders in the pharmaceutical industry charged with fostering drug development through the Institute’s Innovation Support Center. The institute provides hands-on guidance around target validation, commercial development, and FDA regulatory strategy. Harrington Scholars (and their institutions) retain the intellectual property rights for their work.
“We celebrate our fifth anniversary of supporting physician-scientists whose research shows promise of advancing the standard of care in American medicine,” said Jonathan Stamler, MD, Harrington Discovery Institute President. “Our research-without-walls model supports translation of important discoveries that would otherwise languish. We are grateful to the Harrington family for their visionary support of this work – they perfectly model what impact philanthropy can achieve.”
The competition is open to physician-scientists at accredited academic medical centers, research institutions and universities in the United States. Selection criteria include innovation, creativity and potential for impact on human health. Applicants must have a doctorate in medicine and demonstrate exceptional promise. Award recipients will be selected by the Harrington Discovery Institute’s Scientific Advisory Board and announced in December 2017.
“Through the efforts of the Harrington Discovery Institute, our scholars have advanced discoveries to clinical readiness,” said Mukesh K. Jain, MD, Chief Scientific Officer, Harrington Discovery Institute. “The Harrington Discovery Institute is well established in the physician-scientist research community and through our partnerships with disease foundations and research institutions we are increasing our commitment to unmet patient needs.”