The Greenwall Foundation is
requesting proposals for the Spring 2024 cycle of its bioethics grants program,
Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas. The Making a
Difference program supports research to help resolve an important emerging or
unanswered bioethics problem in clinical, biomedical, or public health
decision-making, policy, or practice.
The Foundation’s vision is to make bioethics integral to decisions in
health care, policy, and research. Our mission is to expand bioethics knowledge to improve
clinical, biomedical, and public health decision-making, policy, and
practice. Projects funded
under the Making a Difference program should promote the Foundation’s vision
and mission through innovative bioethics research that will have a real-world,
In addition, the Foundation is
committed to building a broad and inclusive bioethics that welcomes everyone,
elevates many perspectives, asks a wide range of questions, and learns from
diverse voices. For more information on how the Foundation incorporates these
values into our grantmaking, read more
Letters of intent are due January 2, 2024
by 11:59 pm ET, for projects to begin on or after July 1, 2024, not
later than October 1, 2024.
While we welcome all innovative
proposals that will have a real-world impact, we are particularly interested in
proposals that address the ethical and
policy issues raised by the following priority
- Bias and discrimination in health care, which may be based on a broad range of characteristics, and which
may involve institutional and systemic
contributors to bias and racism as well as health disparities or social
determinants of health;
in science, medicine, and public health;
- Public health crises (related to, for example, emerging infectious diseases, climate change, and the opioid epidemic), including their impact
on mental health;
- Healthcare access, costs, and resource allocation.
Proposals for projects that address
other real-world, practical bioethics problems are also welcome.
Guidance for Proposals
We encourage applications that align with the Foundation’s
strategic priorities: (1) shaping and supporting a broad, inclusive bioethics
and (2) increasing bioethics’ impact on policymaking. Applicants should think
critically about how their project would move the field of bioethics forward in
these areas. When applicable, include details in your submitted materials to
highlight the relevance of the Foundation’s strategic priorities to your proposal.
Projects may be empirical,
conceptual, or normative. All proposals should explain how they will help
address a real-world bioethics dilemma. Projects to analyze the normative
implications of already-completed empirical research are encouraged. The
Foundation will support mentored projects in which a postdoctoral fellow or
junior faculty member works closely with an experienced bioethics scholar. The
Foundation will also consider pilot or feasibility projects to evaluate an
innovative intervention to resolve a bioethics dilemma, with the goal of
obtaining funding from other sources for a larger evaluation or demonstration
project. Some highly promising projects may be funded for an initial phase,
with additional funding contingent on achieving clear milestones.
The research team
needs to have relevant and appropriate expertise to carry out the proposed
project. Successful teams commonly involve a bioethics scholar and persons with
on-the-ground experience with the bioethics dilemma, for example, in clinical
care; biomedical research; biotechnology, pharmaceutical, big data, and
artificial intelligence companies; or public service. Such collaboration can
specify the bioethics problems that clinicians, researchers, policymakers,
public health officials, and others face in their daily work, and facilitate
practical resolutions to these problems. Applicants are also encouraged to
engage with relevant lay or community stakeholders throughout their project.
We expect grantees to disseminate their research
through practical articles in peer-reviewed journals that reach the appropriate
audience for the topic studied, presentations in relevant professional
meetings, and in other ways that will increase real-world impact. Applicants
should describe, for example, how they will disseminate their results beyond
academic audiences, such as to lay and community groups or to leaders of
institutions who could implement the project’s recommendations or act upon
empirical findings (e.g., leaders of clinical services, research programs,
institutional review boards, or medical education).
In evaluating proposals, the Foundation will consider:
- The likelihood the project
will promote the Foundation’s vision and mission and support the Foundation’s
strategic priorities. Importantly, projects that aim to impact public policy
should not constitute advocacy
projects with predetermined conclusions.
- The innovative nature of the project’s approach and how it goes beyond previous work on the bioethics issue.
- The appropriateness and rigor of the methods, analysis plan, strategy, and approach.
- The appropriateness and inclusiveness of the project’s planned approach to dissemination and implementation, including to stakeholder audiences beyond academia and key individuals who can change practice or policy.
- The professional background of the team of investigators, 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 previous success of the proposed investigators in carrying out similar projects. Junior investigators who have not previously published results from a bioethics project are advised to apply with a mentor who actively collaborates in all phases of the project.
- The success of the investigators in publishing practical bioethics articles, similar to what is proposed, in top-tier journals with a broad audience, and in disseminating the results of their research to relevant stakeholders.
- The reasonableness of the budget and project timeline. Projects with smaller budgets and shorter timelines will receive priority.
The Greenwall Foundation will fund 10% indirect costs for salary and benefits only. Salaries for investigators are capped at 1.5x the current NIH cap for the basis of the percent effort allocation.
What will not be funded under this program?
Projects with the following
characteristics will not be funded
under this program:
- Projects for which bioethics is not the main focus.
- Projects that simply describe or analyze bioethics
issues or provide a conceptual framework, without making practical
recommendations for resolving the issues.
- Projects that implement or make incremental
improvements in established approaches to bioethics problems, build
institutional infrastructure, or provide bioethics education, training, or
- 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 major peer-reviewed
publication with consensus recommendations, guidelines, or best practices that
have a strong likelihood of real-world implementation. The applicant must have
a strong record in convening similar successful impactful 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.
The Greenwall Foundation only makes awards to affiliated
individuals at institutions with tax-exempt status with the United States
Internal Revenue Service. In addition, an individual cannot simultaneously receive
Making a Difference and Faculty Scholars Program funding from The Greenwall
Foundation. Moreover, an individual cannot simultaneously be the principal
investigator on open applications under consideration by the Foundation in the
Working with The Greenwall
Foundation is a collaborative process. Our goal is to help applicants to
develop strong proposals that are positioned to have the greatest impact in
real-world, practical settings. Experienced bioethics researchers serve as peer
reviewers. After reviewing letters of intent, reviewers provide specific
feedback and suggestions for consideration to applicants that are invited
to submit full proposals. Through this feedback, the Foundation seeks to assist
applicants in presenting the best possible proposals and aligning their
research interests with the Foundation’s funding priorities. Funding available for the
MAD program varies from cycle to cycle, and the Foundation may invite a full
application for a different level of funding than requested in the LOI. After review of
full proposals, the Foundation may request additional clarifications, for
example, about the adequacy of human subjects protections or the project’s
budget. More detail about the review process can be found here.
In addition to grants awarded in
response to this RFP, The Greenwall Foundation may directly initiate some
Please e-mail inquiries about this
program to Kyle Ruempler, [email protected].
Please also review the Frequently Asked
Questions and video
sharing tips and best practices for submitting an LOI.
Letters of Intent due by January 2, 2024, 11:59 pm ET
Invited Full Proposals due by March 11, 2024, 11:59 pm ET. Invited applicants will be notified approximately one month before the full application deadline. 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. The Foundation will notify applicants of funding decisions in late May.
Projects to commence on or after July 1, 2024 (not later than October 1, 2024)
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: it is important that your application be submitted from the principal
investigator’s online account, rather than that of a staff member at the PI’s
institution or another member of the research team.
If you have any technical questions
or concerns regarding the online application process, please contact [email protected]. If you continue
to experience difficulty with the online application process, please contact Kyle Ruempler at [email protected]. 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, percent effort for team
members allocating 10% effort or more, and 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 the 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.
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 2, 2024 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 11, 2024, with project periods to start on or after July 1, 2024 (not later than October 1,
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. You can preview the LOI submission form here.
We will fund another cycle of
grants in Fall 2024. The request for proposals and due date for that cycle will
be announced in Summer 2024.