The Greenwall Foundation’s bioethics grants program, Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas, supports research to help resolve an important emerging or unanswered bioethics problem in clinical care, biomedical research, public health practice, or public policy.  Our aim is to fund innovative projects that will have a real-world, practical impact.  Priority for funding will be given to collaborative projects involving a bioethics scholar and persons with on-the-ground experience in organizations where bioethics dilemmas arise, for example, in clinical care; biomedical research; biotechnology, pharmaceutical, big data, and artificial intelligence companies; or public service.  Projects may be empirical, conceptual, or normative. 

Projects with the following characteristics will not be funded under this program:

  • Projects for which bioethics is not the main focus.
  • Projects that implement or make incremental improvements in established approaches to bioethics problems, build institutional infrastructure, or provide bioethics education, training, or coursework.
  • Projects that simply describe or analyze bioethics issues or provide a conceptual framework, without making practical recommendations for resolving the issues.
  • Projects that have predetermined conclusions or advocate for predetermined positions.
  • Projects whose main goal is to convene or enhance a meeting, unless there is a well-developed plan to produce a peer-reviewed publication with consensus recommendations, guidelines, or best practices with a strong likelihood of real-world implementation. The applicant must have a strong record in convening successful meetings.
  • Projects to support or extend ongoing or core activities of an organization.
  • Projects with a principal investigator who does not have a PhD, JD, MD, or an equivalent doctoral-level degree.
  • Applications from unaffiliated individuals, or from institutions that do not have tax-exempt status in the United States.

The request for proposals for the Spring 2018 cycle is now closed.  You can find the request for proposals here.  We will fund another cycle of this program in Fall 2018. The request for proposals and due dates for this cycle will be announced in Summer 2018.

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Current and former awards are listed here.


The Greenwall Foundation is dedicated to the integrity and impartiality of the grantmaking process and wishes to dispel even perceptions of conflicts of interest.  Relationships that are conflicts of interest, which require Directors and Committee members to recuse themselves from voting on grant proposals, include an affiliation with a grantee institution, a current mentoring or collaborative relationship with an applicant, or a personal relationship with an applicant.  To review the Foundation's Conflict of Interest Policy with respect to grants, please click here.