Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award
to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. It
supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve
pressing ethical issues in clinical, biomedical, and public health
decision-making, policy, and practice, and creates a community that enhances
future bioethics research by Scholars and Alumni/ae.
Each year, the
Foundation selects approximately three Greenwall Faculty Scholars to receive 50
percent salary support for three years to enable them to carry out a specific research
proposal and develop their research program.
Alumni/ae attend twice-yearly meetings, where they present their works in
progress, receive feedback and mentoring from the Faculty Scholars Program Committee and other Scholars and Alumni/ae,
and have the opportunity to develop collaborations with other researchers. The
ongoing involvement of Alumni/ae with the Program provides them ongoing
opportunities for professional development and feedback and engages them in
mentoring of younger Scholars.
Committee provides oversight and direction for the Program and is involved not
only with selection of the Scholars but also with mentoring and professional development
Who May Apply?
must be junior faculty members at a university or non-profit research institute
that has tax-exempt status in the United States. Applicants must hold a
faculty appointment (or other long-term research position outside a university)
that allows at least 50 percent of their effort to perform research (often this
is a faculty position with at least a 60 percent appointment in a tenure-track
position or its equivalent). Priority will be given to applicants who have not
yet been considered for tenure or an equivalent promotion; whose research will
have an impact on clinical, biomedical, and public health decision-making,
policy, and practice; and who will make important contributions to the field of
bioethics over their careers.
Scholars will be selected on the basis of their achievements, the strength of
their research project, their commitment to the field of bioethics, and support
from their home institution, including after the end of this award. While the
amount and quality of an applicant’s research in bioethics will count favorably
towards his/her application, outstanding candidates with less direct experience
in bioethics will also be considered when their proposed work aims to advance
the bioethics field.
group, priority will be given to applicants whose research addresses innovative
ideas and/or emerging topics. Lower priority will be given to applicants who
are primarily carrying out educational reform or theoretical work with limited
applicability to practice, research, or policy. The Greenwall Foundation
particularly welcomes applicants from backgrounds that are under-represented in
bioethics and academia.
Only one applicant from a university or non-profit research institute will
be considered in each application cycle. This is a change from recent award
cycles. Institutions are requested to have an internal screening and
selection process, as the Foundation will not consider multiple letters of
intent received from a single institution. For purposes of this limitation, the
Foundation considers the overseeing university to be the institution. Thus, a university with a law school, medical
school, several teaching hospitals,
and a faculty of arts and sciences may only submit one application in total.
If a university system, such as a state-wide university system, comprises
several universities, each university within the system may nominate one applicant.
Funding for Greenwall Faculty Scholars
supports 50 percent of a Scholar’s salary plus benefits for three years, up to
the NIH salary cap, with 10 percent institutional costs
for the salary and benefits. This funding is intended to ensure that at least
50 percent of the Scholar’s time is devoted to bioethics research. In addition,
the Foundation provides $5,000 each year for limited project support and travel
(no indirect costs are provided for these items).
What does the Faculty Scholars Program Committee look for in letters of intent?
of the proposed project. Does it address an important bioethics issue in an
innovative way? Does the application show how the project will make a
significant advance beyond what has already been published on the topic? Is the
applicant thinking about the conceptual and normative ethical issues regarding
the topic in a rigorous and creative way?
In the case
of proposals to carry out an empirical study of a topic that has a bioethics
component, the most successful applicants have conducted enough empirical
research to be able to discuss what conceptual or normative bioethics issues
they will focus on. Because the Greenwall Faculty Scholar award is intended to ensure
that at least 50 percent of the Scholar’s effort and time are devoted to
bioethics research, the applicant will need to show that additional funding also
will be available for any data collection and analysis. Applicants will need to
summarize the methods for the empirical part of the project as well. Applicants
who propose to carry out empirical work on a bioethics issue, without a strong
conceptual framework, normative analysis, and methods are unlikely to be
successful. Applicants who are extending previous empirical research to a new
population or clinical condition are unlikely to be successful unless they
demonstrate persuasively how their proposed extension is innovative.
psychological, qualitative sociological, normative, legal, comparative, and policy
research projects are welcomed, provided they are tightly tied to bioethics. Pure
advocacy is not supported.
of the topic. The Faculty Scholars Program supports research to help
resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical, biomedical, and public health
decision-making, policy, and practice. The topic of the proposed research
should be timely and relevant, and the proposed project should seek to
meaningfully contribute to its understanding. Successful applicants often
demonstrate their commitment to the topic through prior related work or a clear
of the applicant to further the field of bioethics and contribute to and
benefit from the Program. The Program Committee carefully considers a candidate’s
personal statement and goals at the letter of intent stage; if a full
application is invited, the Program Committee considers, among other things, an
institution’s commitment to the candidate and the candidate’s plans for professional
development and mentorship.
The Program Committee
also considers whether an applicant has demonstrated an ability to carry out
innovative bioethics research. At the full application stage of the selection
process, the Program Committee carefully reads a first- or sole-authored book
chapter or peer-reviewed bioethics article written by the applicant that has
been published or is in press. Because this demonstrated publication of
bioethics research is given great weight, applicants who have not yet published
an innovative bioethics article will not be successful. The Program Committee
assesses candidates on their potential; prior work is used to assess future
creativity, productivity, and prospect of becoming a leader in the field.
What bioethics activities does the Foundation not fund?
Foundation does not fund:
- Scholars to carry out bioethics
teaching, institutional change, or quality improvement on bioethics
issues. We expect, however, that Greenwall Faculty Scholars, and the
students they teach, will do such activities during their careers.
- Theoretical ethics research
without clear application to pressing, real-world problems in clinical,
biomedical, and public health decision-making, policy, and practice.
- Survey research or qualitative
research that touches on a bioethics issue unless there is a strong
conceptual analysis of the bioethics issue or thoughtful analysis of the
bioethics implications of the empirical findings. We are, however,
interested in bioethics researchers who want to work on conceptual or
normative analyses linked to their empirical findings.
- Basic science research that has
implications for a bioethics issue.
- Bioethics work directed towards
As a nonprofit
organization, we do not support or engage in political advocacy.
e-mail inquiries about this program to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also review the Frequently Asked Questions.
Letters of intent due by September 21, 2020, 11:59 pm ET
Invited full applications due by January 11, 2021, 11:59 pm ET
Scholars announced on or after June 9, 2021
Directions for Submitting a Letter of Intent
Go to https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=greenwall. Once there, please bookmark the
site, create an account, and complete your application. To create an account,
you must enter your institution’s EIN, which you may need to obtain from
your Contracts and Grants Office; please do not input a placeholder or invalid EIN,
which may delay consideration of your application. Please note, The
Greenwall Foundation updated its online grants management system in June 2017.
If you applied for a grant with the Foundation before that time, you will need
to create a new account for this new system.
If you have
any technical questions or concerns regarding the online application process,
please contact email@example.com. If you continue to experience
difficulty with the online application process, please contact Johanna Brownell
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not accept late
applications because of technical issues with the online application
portal, so please try logging in and entering your information in advance of
in order to be fair to all applicants, the Foundation cannot give feedback on
specific proposals or drafts before a letter of intent is submitted and
You will need to upload:
- A three-page, single-spaced letter of intent, with one-inch margins and font size no smaller than 12 point, that includes:
A CV, no more than five single-spaced pages
- A description of the research proposal, particularly its significance
- How the research will be carried out and how it is likely to have an impact on clinical, biomedical, and public health decision-making, policy, and practice
- A personal statement describing the applicant’s goals in the field of bioethics
intent must be submitted online by 11:59 pm, ET on September 21, 2020.
We strongly encourage applicants to submit letters of intent earlier, so
that they have time to correct any technical errors that might arise during the
application process. Approximately 12 applicants submitting letters of intent
will be invited to submit full applications, which will be due January 11, 2021.
Approximately six applicants will be invited to in-person interviews in March
2021. More information about the review process can be found here.