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Dean’s Diversity and Healthcare Disparity Research Awards


THESE ARE LIMITED SUBMISSIONS: 2-4 awards per category

Applications due: January 31, 2018 at 11:59pm to

Program Summary:

Dean Augustine M.K. Choi is pleased to announce the establishment of the Dean’s Diversity and Healthcare Disparity Research Awards. The awards will support excellence in research to improve the health of underrepresented minorities and/or reduce health disparities in healthcare systems and in clinical settings, either locally or globally. Research into improving the diversity and gender balance of the biomedical workforce will also be supported, as lack of a representative workforce can be linked to health disparities.

The awards are designed to further Weill Cornell Medicine’s goal of becoming a national leader in advancing diversity and inclusion within academic medicine. We seek proposals for basic, translational, clinical, informatics, or outcomes research that addresses health disparity areas including, but not limited to: race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, socioeconomic status, access to healthcare, differing standards of healthcare, insurance status, age, geography, sexual orientation, and cultural beliefs. Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

The Dean’s Diversity and Healthcare Disparity Research Awards will provide funding for one year and will be available at four levels:

• Faculty (4 awards) - $50,000 each

• Fellows and Postdoctoral Associates (2 awards) - $25,000 each

• Residents (4 awards) - $10,000 each

• Medical and Graduate Students (2 awards) - $5,000 each (to be used for Area of Concentration Scholarly Project or Graduate Research Project)

Awards for residents and clinical fellows will be jointly supported by Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian.

Awardees will be invited to present their research projects during Weill Cornell Medicine’s Diversity Week, which will take place April 23-27, 2018.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

• Be full-time faculty, fellows, postdoctoral associates, medical students, or graduate students at Weill Cornell Medicine, or full-time residents or fellows at NewYork2 Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Trainees should have a qualified mentor and mentoring plan.

• Have a well-developed feasible, significant, and innovative research plan focused on diversity, diseases that disproportionately affect diverse communities, or the reduction of health disparities.

• Anticipate completion of their projects while based at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Instructions for Submitting an Application

Please provide the following items in the order listed as a single PDF file (single-spaced, 11-point Arial type with 1-inch margins). Applications should be submitted to, using the naming convention








The Faculty award application package must include:

[1] Project title and scientific abstract (250 words)

[2] Key co-investigators (names and titles)

[3] NIH-style biosketch of the applicant and co-investigators (limit 4 pages each)

[4] Research plan (limit 5 pages)

a) Background, rationale and significance

b) Specific research objectives/aims

c) Preliminary studies (if applicable)

d) Experimental design and procedures

e) Significance of the proposed research to the Award’s diversity and health disparity goals

f) Project timeline and specific expected deliverables

[5] Human subjects (if applicable). Include all sections required for an NIH application.

[6] Vertebrate animals (if applicable). Include the 5-point narrative required for an NIH application.

[7] References, including the full title of each work cited

[8] Detailed budget (PHS 398 form)

[9] Letter of support from department chair/division chief attesting to the candidate’s eligibility, resources available for support of his/her research, the candidate’s past academic record,

scientific progress to date, and potential for academic career

The Resident/Fellow/Postdoctoral Associate award application package must include:

[1] Project title and scientific abstract (250 words)

[2] Proposed research sponsor’s name and title

[3] NIH-style biosketches of the applicant and sponsor (limit 4 pages each)

[4] Sponsor’s training record (table indicating experience supervising trainees)


[5] Sponsor’s current grants

[6] Items 4-8 as described in Faculty award application above

[7] Letter of support from sponsor

[8] Two letters of reference from previous mentors or other qualified individuals

The Medical/Graduate Student award application package must include:

[1] NIH-style biosketch of the applicant

[2] Research proposal (AOC proposal format: see Appendix)

[3] Letter of support from proposed mentor(s) and brief mentoring plan

[4] Letter of recommendation from two additional faculty

Applications due: January 31, 2018 at 11:59pm

Review Process and Review Criteria:

Proposals will be evaluated by a scientific review committee through the Office of the Research Dean. The main criteria for the review of the applications are:

• Scientific merit

• Relevance of the proposed work to the goals of the Dean’s Diversity and Healthcare Disparity Research Awards

• Applicant’s personal qualifications and potential for academic success

• The sponsor/mentor’s experience and plans for supporting the applicant (for students/residents/fellows/postdoctoral associates)

Announcement of award recipients will be made in the late winter/early spring of 2018.

Evaluation of progress

Awardees must file a progress summary report one year after funds are dispersed.


For further information, please contact Angelica Patterson (, Research Coordinator.

Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research (K01) Due February 20, 2018

Eligible applicants from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in basic, clinical, and translational biomedical research are encouraged to apply for the NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award.  Applicant’s research interests should be grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve problems related to cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic diseases, and sleep disorders in the general and health disparities populations. 

 The objectives of the Mentored Career Development Award are to: (1) advance the awardee’s career development trajectory by strengthening research capacity, publishing, and other scholarly activities; (2) improve success and retention in a research career; (3) promote scientific collaborations that lead to acquisition of new skills or research in other fields of scholarly interest; and (4) increase the number of highly trained investigators from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in research areas of interest to the NHLBI. The award will provide salary ($75,000) and research support ($30,000) for 3-5 years under the guidance of an experienced mentor, or sponsor, in the biomedical, behavioral or clinical sciences with the expectation that the awardees will launch independent research careers and become competitive for new research project grant (e.g., R01) funding. 

 APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 15, 2017 and February 20, 2018 by 5:00pm local time of applicate organization

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Pioneers in Diversity Awards Due February 21st, 2018

Each recipient will receive a $1,000 prize and a plaque in honor of their contributions to diversity

Nominations should include the following:

  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae highlighting his/her contributions
  • Nominee’s description of up to one page of how the nominee fulfills the selection criteria for this award
  • Instructions on how to apply:
  • Documents should be emailed in PDF format with subject heading “Nominees for Pioneers in Diversity Award” to Fatima Doumbia,
  • Please state each one of the four awards you are applying for in the subject heading of the PDF Please provide the following items in the order listed as a single PDF file (single spaced, 12 point font, arial with 1-inch margins)

  1.  Curriculum vitae (CV) /resume
  2. Nomination (1 page document)
  • All PDF applications submitted should have the following document heading for the award you are applying for: “LastName.FirstInitial_PID_Award Name”


  • Jones.F_PID_Ida Sophia Scudder.pdf
  • Jones.F_PID_Louis Wade Sullivan.pdf
  • Jones.F_PID_Bruce Laine Ballard.pdf
  • Jones.F_PID_Administrative Staff.pdf

Self-nominations are welcome. Presentations of the award to recipients will be made at the 2018 Diversity Week Celebration Awards Ceremony on the evening of April 23rd, 2018.

Four “Pioneers In Diversity” Awards will be granted:

  • The Ida Sophia Scudder, M.D. Award for Excellence in Public Service awarded to a student.
  • The Louis Wade Sullivan, M.D. Award for Excellence in Public Health Advocacy awarded to a resident or postdoctoral fellow.
  • The Bruce Laine Ballard, M.D. Award for Excellence in Mentorship awarded to a faculty member.
  • Administrative Staff award for a staff member who embodies the spirit of cultural diversity and service.

The criteria for the awards are as follows:

The Ida Sophia Scudder, M.D. Award will be presented to an MD, PhD, MD\PhD, or PA student who has made significant contributions in the field of community service and providing care to the underserved.

Dr. Ida Scudder was a graduate of the first medical class that accepted women at Weill Cornell Medical College. After witnessing Indian women die needlessly in childbirth, Dr. Scudder was motivated to pursue a career in medicine to help them. Upon graduating from Cornell Medical College, she returned to India and founded a small clinic for women that gradually grew and became the Mary Taber Schell Hospital. Recognizing the dire need for more providers, she began training women, initially as nurses. In 1918 she started a medical school for girls which eventually became coeducational and is now one of India’s premier hospitals, the Christian Medical College & Hospital in Vellore. Dr. Scudder dedicated her life to the plight of Indian women and the fight against bubonic plague, cholera and leprosy, by providing services for patients as well as educating thousands of nurses and doctors in underserved areas to carry on her work. Dr. Scudder exemplified compassion, courage and extraordinary service to patients in need. 

The Louis Wade Sullivan, M.D. Award will be presented to a resident or a postdoctoral fellow who has been an outspoken champion for health promotion and a public health advocate, especially for medically underserved populations.

Dr. Louis Wade Sullivan is a former house officer in the Department of Medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Sullivan was appointed Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services by President George H.W. Bush. He was also the founding dean, director, and president emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine. His current positions include serving as the chairman of the board of the National Health Museum in Atlanta, Georgia and as a member of the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College. As a policymaker, Dr. Sullivan advocated for a tobacco-free society, improving food labels, expanding the Head Start Program, advocating for funds for HIV/AIDS, and increasing the NIH research budget. As an educator, Dr. Sullivan has worked tireless to improve medical education and increase diversity in medicine. In addition to founding the Medical Education Program which later became a full-fledged medical school at the historically African-American Morehouse College, Dr. Sullivan also founded the Boston University Hematology Service and the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools. Dr. Sullivan exemplifies a commitment to promoting medical education, research, and public health.

The Bruce Laine Ballard, M.D. Award will be presented to a faculty member who demonstrates commitment to improving student life and to fostering a nurturing and supportive environment where students are able to thrive and succeed.

Dr. Bruce Ballard is the former Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Equal Opportunity Programs at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Ballard directed students training in psychiatry first at Harlem Hospital Center, and later at New York Hospital-Westchester. He also directed the Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program, which aims to increase the number of underrepresented minorities enrolled in medical schools. Dr. Ballard has chaired the Committee of Black Psychiatrists of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the Selection and Advisory Committee for the National Institute of Mental Health Minority Fellowship Program of the APA, published numerous scholarly articles, served on the editorial boards of several textbooks, and given presentations to various groups on ethnicity and psychiatry. As the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Ballard mentored, provided career guidance and often, emotional support to all students. Dr. Ballard is known for having an open door policy and for giving his home telephone number to students in the event they needed to contact him. Dr. Ballard exemplifies the nurturing and supportive qualities of a mentor.

The Administrative Staff award will be presented to a staff member who embodies the spirit of cultural diversity and service.

The staff award is a new award which will go to an administrator or a staff person whose work has helped build a culture of service and diversity at Weill Cornell. This award honors staff members who have gone beyond the call of duty to make sure the environment is inclusive, engaging and welcoming, and whose efforts may often go unnoticed. Working with patients, students, residents, and/or faculty, the recipient of this award provides the glue that binds the institution together, and helps create the supportive and nurturing environment that is needed to pursue Weill Cornell's tripartite mission of education, research and high-quality patient care.

Grant Editing Service for Weill Cornell Members

The Samuel J. Wood Library now offers a free editing service for WCM grant applicants. The editing service is designed to review the language of the grant, cross-check text with figures and tables, ensure that the writing style is consistent, and the text is clear and concise.  Grant categories will be prioritized by the following:
1.     Resubmissions of Scored but not funded grant applications
2.     Junior faculty writing their first R01 grant, including GRASP participants
3.     Junior faculty career award
4.     Limited submission grants (for institutional nominees only)
5.     Sections of large collaborative awards – for example, the introduction for a P01
6.     Grants in other categories will be considered, if possible
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