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Alpert Endowment

The Joel and Barbara Alpert Endownment for Children of the City was established at Boston University School of Medicine in honor of the work carried out by the Alperts over their 25 yearswith Boston City Hospital, Boston Medical Center, and the Boston University medical community.

The endowment is used to support Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center residents, fellows, and faculty early in their careers to carry out scholarly research relevant to general pediatrics. Research is expected to study the medical and social needs of vulnerable children, their families, and their communities.

After conducting their Endowment-sponosored projects, grantees will prove competitive in identifying support for expanded projects, which will emphasize strategies and interventions resulting in improved health outcomes for vulnerable children.

Since 1995, a committee of senior Pediatrics Department members has reviewed and awarded Endowment grants. To date over 135 awards have been made, totaling over $900,000. Many of these represent pilot projects that have led to further investigation and substantial outside funding - from both federal and foundation sources. Endoment support is typically for one year; three to five grants are typically awarded each cycle. Grants are given a priority if the pilot phase is judged likely to lead to further investigation, and the applicant can clearly articulate what he/she anticipates the research trajectory to be. Quality improvement and medical education grants are eligible for funding only if they have robust evaluation components felt to meet the standards of generalizable research.

Resident, fellow, and junior faculty applicants must identify a senior faculty mentor and secure his or her sign-off on the proposal. Additionally, beginning in the Fall 2014 cycle, mentors are required to write a letter (to be submitted with the application), outlining the mentor's role in the generation of the application, what his/her role will be in the conduct of the research (including the mentor-mentee meeting schedule), why the work should be funded, and why the work is important to vulnerable children. Where appropriate, applicants are encouraged to demonstrate collaboration arrangements within and beyond the Boston University Medical campus. Grantees are expected to provide a six-month interim progress report and a final program and budget report sixty days after the grant expiration date. In both of these reports, grantees should comment on the frequence of interaction with their mentor and communicate what they have learned from the relationship.

Submission Guidelines 

  • The grant should be double-spaced and no longer than 10 pages. Please number the pages consecutively, including the cover page (located on the website).
  • The first page should be the cover page. This counts in the page numbering.
  • The format should follow a modified NIH outline – specific aims; background and significance; preliminary data (if any); research design and methods; and literature cited.
  • The last page(s) should be the budget (counts in page numbering).
  • NIH biosketches should follow the budget (they do not count in the page numbering).
  • A detailed project budget and brief budget justification must be included.
  • For faculty and fellows the budget should not exceed $20-25,000.
  • For residents, the budget should not exceed $5-7,000.
  • The budget cannot include any faculty salary support, travel expenses, and computer/equipment.
  • A required part of the application is a signed letter from a faculty mentor (does not count in the page numbering). This letter should include what your mentor feels he/she brings to the project, a tentative meeting schedule, and why your mentor feels this project is important.

Your application should be submitted electronically to Joe Eugenio. If you cannot send the signed cover page electronically, please give it to Joe and he'll scan it. Applications that do not follow the above format will not be reviewed.


Spring Grant Cycle

May 15: Proposals Due
Mid-June: Award notifications
July 1: Year long funding begins

Fall Grant Cycle

December 1: Proposals Due
Mid-December: Award Notifications
January 1: Year long funding begins

Please contact Joe Eugenio at 617.414.5253 with further questions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

1. Does the senior faculty mentor need to be a BMC staff or would a Children's Hospital Boston mentor be acceptable?

The mentor can be from Children's.

2. Can Alpert funds be used to pay faculty?


3. Can Alpert funds be used for travel expenses?


4. Can any of the grant money be used to pay a research assistant?
Yes, but when paying research assistants you need to be aware there are options and restrictions as to what you can do. Most options for paying research assistants include a fringe rate that is charged to your award.
Alternatively, Boston University students are eligible for employment as research assistants.

5. Can incentives be given to research study participants?

Yes, this can be part of the award, but please work out all arrangements with Joe Eugenio before you do anything. BU has a policy that you must follow when providing incentives. You must keep a log (Alpert Petty Cash Log) of all incentives that are handed out along with the signature of the participants.

6. How soon can I start my project if I receive an Alpert Award?

IRB approval (if applicable) is required before funds will be released.

7. How can I donate to the Alpert Fund?

To make a donation online, please visit Next to "I would like my gift to benefit (select one):", select The Joel and Barbara Alpert Fund for Children of the City.

If you prefer to mail your gift, please send it to:

Boston University School of Medicine
Office of Development
72 East Concord Street, L-219
Boston, MA 02118

Please contact Joe Eugenio at 617.414.5253 with further questions.
Last Updated: February 26, 2016