Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas

How to Apply: Spring 2020

Application Timeline 

Letters of Intent due by January 6, 2020, 11:59 pm ET

Invited Full Proposals due by March 9, 2020, 11:59 pm ET

Invitations to submit full proposals may contain suggestions from reviewers for strengthening the application, and reviewers may request additional clarifications after full proposals are received. Working with The Greenwall Foundation is a collaborative process. Our goal is to work with applicants to develop strong proposals that are positioned to have the greatest impact in real-world, practical settings.

Projects to commence on or after July 1, 2020

Directions for Submitting a Letter of Intent 

Go to 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 If you continue to experience difficulty with the online application process, please contact Johanna Brownell at or by phone at 212-679-7266 during business hours (Eastern Time). 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 the deadline. 

Please note: 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 reviewed.

Letters of intent require the following information be entered into our online application from:

  • Project title
  • A one-sentence summary of the project for a lay audience
  • Priority topic, if any
  • The amount and duration of funding requested (salaries for investigators are capped at 1.5x the current NIH cap for the basis of the percent effort allocation; The Greenwall Foundation will fund 10% indirect costs for salary and benefits only)
  • Names of the proposed research team and copies of CVs for two key personnel (no more than 5 single-spaced pages each, in NIH biosketch format) that highlight evidence that you have the experience and expertise needed to carry out the proposed project
  • A narrative using the following headers:
    • The bioethics problem to be addressed, its significance, and how the project will help resolve it
    • How the proposed project is innovative and goes beyond the current research on the problem
    • How the project will promote the Foundation’s vision of making bioethics integral to decisions in health care, policy, and research and its mission of expanding bioethics knowledge to improve clinical, biomedical, and public health decision-making, policy, and practice
    • The specific aims or research questions of the project
    • Description of methods that will be used to achieve these aims
    • Team expertise and experience, including the team’s expertise in relevant disciplines, and their close, practical familiarity and real-world experience with the bioethics problems to be addressed
    • The nature of peer-reviewed publication(s) expected from the project and other plans to disseminate the project’s findings, including to stakeholder audiences beyond academia and to key individuals who can change practice or policy

This narrative should be no longer than three single-spaced pages plus references (which do not count against the three-page limit), with one-inch margins and in a font no smaller than 12 point. Please do not submit any additional documents.

Letters of intent for this cycle must be submitted online by January 6, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET. 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. Invited full applications will be due March 9, 2020, with project periods to start on or after July 1, 2020. Because of the relatively tight deadline for full proposals that include financial information approved by an appropriate officer, there may be some allowance for budget deadlines. However, priority will be given to fully completed proposals.

We will fund another cycle of grants in Fall 2020. The request for proposals and due date for that cycle will be announced in Summer 2020.