CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Bertarelli Collaborative Awards for Sensory Disorders

Submit by September 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EST

The Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering is now accepting applications for Bertarelli Collaborative Awards for Sensory Disorders. The program, funded by the Bertarelli Foundation, will bridge the gap between basic and translational neuroscience through research oriented towards translational opportunities and through creation of stronger ties among scientists, engineers and clinicians.

The Bertarelli Collaborative Awards will fund research projects in the area of translational neuroscience, with a focus on understanding and treating sensory disorders. These projects will be selected in consultation with a scientific review board composed of experts in the field from HMS and elsewhere.

The Program will fund up to four collaborative projects beginning October 2018. Awards will be up to $300,000 total per project per year and may be funded up to three years. An annual two-page progress report will be required, and continued funding will be contingent on demonstration of satisfactory progress.


  • Projects must be collaborative, bringing together two or more groups who contribute complementary expertise to the project.
  • Each proposal must have at least one principal investigator whose primary appointment is in a Harvard Medical School Quad department; partner investigators may be from any institution in the world including Harvard.
  • Projects are preferably new work not currently underway and not currently funded.
  • Grants are not normally renewable after three years.
  • Bertarelli Collaborative Awards are expected to produce pilot data that may lead to greater funding from government or industry sources.


  • Research Plan. No more than six pages (including figures) to include
    • Background and significance (~1 page)
    • Research design with specific aims (4-5 pages)
    • Collaboration (~1/2 page)
  • Appendixes (not included in six-page-limit requirement):
    • References
    • Bio sketches
    • Personnel qualifications
    • Budget for each laboratory, for salaries, supplies, equipment and institutional overhead charges for each year of the research plan
    • Human and animal welfare certifications appended where relevant and as required by the home institutions.

Margins and font restrictions as for NIH proposals. Each proposal should be compiled into a single PDF document, which should be sent by email to by September 1, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Decisions are expected in September for funding in October.

Email with questions regarding the application.