This opportunity is closed.

The COS nominees are Heather Brenhouse and Yunrong Chai.  

BCHS has one nominee, Jonghan Kim.

COE has one nominee, Nasim Annabi.


  • Internal: 01/16/2018
  • Proposal: 03/15/2018


  • Amount: Up to $300,000
  • Duration: 2 years


The Smith Family Foundation is committed to effecting permanent positive change in the lives of the residents of Greater Boston, particularly individuals and families in economically disadvantaged communities. In the area of health, the Foundation supports the advancement of biomedical research and the expansion of access to high-quality health care at safety net institutions serving low-income individuals and communities of Greater Boston.

The new Smith Family Foundation Odyssey Award was created in 2017 to fuel creativity and innovation in junior investigators in the basic sciences.  The Award supports the pursuit of high impact ideas to generate breakthroughs and drive new directions in biomedical research.  The awards will fund high-risk, high-reward pilot projects solicited from our brightest junior faculty in the region.

The two-year Award supports newly independent faculty engaged in basic biomedical research. Investigators in the physical sciences (physics, chemistry and engineering) whose projects focus on biomedical science are also encouraged to apply.

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

The Foundation will accept up to 2 applications per School or College within a MA academic institution. If you are interested in submitting, please contact Karen Drew (x 4824) as soon as possible and submit a 2-page pre-proposal and CV following the NU Procedure for Programs with Limited Submissions.


  • Full-time faculty who have not yet achieved tenure whose first independent appointment began between 7/1/2009 and 7/1/2014
  • There is also an upper eligibility limit at 9 years past their first independent faculty appointment.

Those investigators with tenure, or who are beyond the 9 year limit, are ineligible to apply for this award.

Contact Information

Lindsey Phelan
617-279-2240, x710