Program Eligibility

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria

  • Full or part time faculty at a not-for-profit Massachusetts-based research institution
  • Primary appointment at a not-for-profit Massachusetts research institution
  • Researchers must be proposing a project that is focused on increasing our understanding of sex and gender differences in biology or developing solutions for diseases or conditions that affect women exclusively, predominately, or differentially
  • The project must have a human health focus with core technology and/or service in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical diagnostics or imaging, bioinformatics, digital health, genomics, nanotechnology, drug delivery, proteomics, regenerative medicine, etc.
  • Funding must be used to support an experiment or experiments that increase(s) the translational opportunity for the technology with a defined deliverable such as filing of patents, securing sponsored research agreement, etc.

An external panel of scientists from academia and industry with expertise in women’s health will review applications on the following categories:

  • Qualifications of the team
  • Use of funds
  • Value to our understanding of women’s health
  • Contribution to the Massachusetts ecosystem
  • Proposed plan and approach to solving a key question
  • Unmet need being addressed
  • Potential for translational opportunities especially towards bettering treatment of women’s health conditions

Award Structure

Applicants must be based at a Massachusetts not-for-profit research institution working to address a pressing life science question that furthers our understanding of sex and gender differences especially for diseases or conditions that affect women exclusively, primarily, or differentially.

  • Up to $3 million is available for the awards program
  • Each award is anticipated to be at maximum $300,000
    • Up to $100,000 can be used for salary support or indirect costs
    • Up to $200,000 can be used to support capital expenses
    • Up to 15% of the award can be used for indirect costs
  • Projects are anticipated to last about two years
  • There are no limits on the number of proposals that may be submitted by each non-profit institution, however each individual PI is asked to only submit one application
  • Projects should have a defined deliverable that prepares the technology or innovation for translational research such as filing of patents, securing a sponsored research agreement, etc.

Funding

  • Up to $3 million is available for the awards program
  • Each award is anticipated to be at maximum $300,000
    • Up to $100,000 can be used for salary support or indirect costs
    • Up to $200,000 can be used to support capital expenses
    • Up to 15% of the award can be used for indirect costs
  • Allowable capital expenses may include: equipment, research supplies and reagents (no minimum dollar amount), purchase of hardware and software, generation of data via core facilities, purchase of analytical equipment.
  • Allowable salary support/indirect costs may include: salaries, legal expenses, direct labor, consultants and subcontractors, materials, supplies, purchase of capital equipment, and project-related travel (up to 10%).
  • Non-fundable expenses include: paying off debt, paying board members, paying for operating costs such as rent and utilities and activities funded by other funding sources.
  • Following execution of the grant agreement funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis
  • The MLSC reserves the right to adjust the requested amount of funding for each proposal