Faculty Scholars Program

How to Apply

Who may apply?

Letters of Intent Due by October 9, 2015

Full Proposals Due by January 11, 2016

Scholars announced on or after June 1, 2016


Applicants must be junior faculty members holding at least a 60% appointment in a tenure series at a university or non-profit research institute in the U.S. Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure, who have not received a comparable career development award, and whose work will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research, or clinical practice.

Faculty Scholars will be selected on the basis of their achievements, the strength of their research project, their commitment to the field of bioethics, and support from their home institution. A part of the full application is a sample of published research in bioethics. While the amount and quality of an applicant's research in bioethics will count favorably towards his/her application, outstanding candidates with less direct experience in bioethics will also be considered. Applicants whose training has been in medical anthropology, medical sociology, medical history, and similar fields are welcome to apply, but should make clear how their bioethics focus goes beyond usual work in those fields and how their research will lead to normative or conceptual recommendations.

Within this group, priority will be given to applicants whose research addresses innovative and emerging topics. Lower priority will be given to applicants who are primarily carrying out institutional change, educational reform, or theoretical bioethics research with no clear application to current ethical dilemmas in clinical care, biomedical research, or public policy.

The Greenwall Foundation particularly welcomes applicants from backgrounds that are under-represented in bioethics and academia. Furthermore, the Foundation welcomes applicants whose research addresses bioethics dilemmas that are particularly salient -- and particularly ripe for analysis -- in certain cultural and ethnic communities, although the issues also involve people in the broader population.

Please note: Up to two applicants from a university will be considered in each application cycle. Institutions are requested to have an internal screening and selection process. No more than one award per institution will be made in each Faculty Scholars grant cycle. The unit of award will be the overseeing university, thus if a university with a law school, medical school, several teaching hospitals, and a faculty of arts and sciences, nominates two applicants in a cycle, only one may be chosen.


Funding for Greenwall Faculty Scholars

The award supports 50% of a Scholar’s salary plus benefits for three years, up to the NIH salary cap, with 10% institutional costs for the salary and benefits. In addition, we provide $5000 each year for limited project support and travel (no indirect costs are provided for these items).


What does the Faculty Scholars Program Committee look for in applications?

1. The proposed project. Does it address an important bioethics issue in an innovative way? Does the application show how the project will make a significant advance beyond what has already been published on the topic? Is the applicant thinking about the conceptual and normative ethical issues regarding the topic in a rigorous and creative way?

We commonly receive proposals to carry out an empirical study of a topic that has a bioethics component. The most successful of these proposals have already conducted enough empirical research to allow the applicant to discuss what conceptual or normative bioethics issues they will focus on. Because the Greenwall Faculty Scholar award supports only effort of the Scholar, other support will be needed to collect and analyze new empirical data. Applicants who propose to carry out focus groups and a survey on a topic that intersects with bioethics, without a strong conceptual framework, normative analysis, and plans for mentoring or collaboration on conceptual and normative work are unlikely to be successful. Applicants who are extending previous empirical research to a new population or clinical condition are unlikely to be successful unless there is a persuasive demonstration of how their proposed work is innovative.

2. Demonstrated ability to carry out innovative bioethics research. At the full application stage of the selection process, the Faculty Scholars Program Committee carefully reads a peer-reviewed, first-authored bioethics paper written by the applicant that has been published or is in press, to get a sense of how an applicant thinks through a bioethics issue. Applicants who have not yet published a strong bioethics article will not be successful. Scholars who have published a book should submit a chapter that best indicates the quality of their thinking in bioethics.


What Bioethics Activities Do We Not Fund?

There are a number of bioethics-related activities that we do not fund.

  • We do not fund Scholars to carry out bioethics teaching, institutional change, or quality improvement on bioethical issues. We expect, however, that Greenwall Faculty Scholars, and the students they teach, will do such activities during their careers.
  • We do not fund theoretical ethics research without clear application to pressing, real-world problems in patient care, biomedical research, or public policy
  • We do not fund survey research or qualitative research that touches on a bioethics issue unless there is a strong a conceptual analysis of the bioethics issue, thoughtful analysis of the bioethics implications of the empirical findings, and plans for making normative recommendations. We are, however, interested in researchers who want to work on conceptual or normative analysis linked to their empirical findings and to develop their skills in these areas.
  • We do not fund basic science research that has implications for a bioethics issue.
  • We do not fund bioethics work directed towards predetermined conclusions.

As a nonprofit organization, we do not support or engage in political advocacy.


Submitting a Letter of Intent

Letters of intent must be submitted online by 4pm ET on Friday, October 9, 2015 using this link.

The letter of intent should be singled-spaced in no smaller than 12 font and combined into the following single .pdf titled, “PI Last Name, PI’s Institution, Project Title”:

1.  A one page cover letter including the project title and the applicant's contact information

2.  A three-page 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 public policy or clinical practice, and
  • A personal statement describing the applicant's goals in the field of bioethics.

3.  A curriculum vitae, no longer than 3 single-spaced pages

Approximately 12 applicants submitting letters of intent will be invited to submit full applications, which will be due Monday, January 11, 2016. Approximately six applicants will be invited to in-person interviews in the Spring of 2016.

Directions for Submitting a Letter of Intent

You will need to upload the .pdf of the combined components described above into our online grants application system. We recommend using Adobe Acrobat (instructions available here).  If you are unfamiliar with combining documents, please contact your IT specialist for assistance.

In order to access the online application, you must allow cookies in your browser.  If you have any issues accessing the online application, a common fix is to clear your browsing history.

To submit your Letter of Intent, please follow this link

You will need to create a username and password by clicking on “New Applicant?” under the “email” box on the left side of the page.  Please store your login credentials in a secure place because you will need them to access your application.

You will need to save your application frequently so that your input is captured; any unsaved information will be lost.  There is no option to save and continue working, so you must select “Save and Finish Later”. You can return to your “In Progress” application by clicking on the blue link on the new page that will appear in your browser.  Upon clicking “Save and Finish Later,” you also will be emailed a link to the application portal and a copy of your application will appear in the body of the email.

To access your application after you have logged out of the online application system, use the link that was emailed to you when you clicked “Save and Finish Later”.  It is important to use the link that is emailed to you to resume work on an application.  If you use the link listed here, you will always be brought to a NEW application, not the one you were previously working on. 

We will not accept late applications because of technical issues with the online application portal, so please try logging in and entering your information in advance of the deadline.

Questions and Concerns

Questions should be directed to Bernard Lo, MD, Greenwall Foundation President, or the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program Coordinator, Rebekkah Boxt, at rboxt@greenwall.org.