Lever Award

Updated: July 1, 2016

This program has ended. Applications are not being accepted.

The Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC), supported by the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, seeks to stimulate collaborative research among scientists at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the broad area of Systems Biology. Additionally, a goal of the CBC is to help attract very-large-scale outside funding to establish national centers of excellence in the Chicago area.

The CBC Lever Awards are matching grants, providing additional funding for discrete activities associated with large-scale (greater than $3M total direct costs) grants from federal or other sources. Lever funds must be used to establish transformative infrastructure that can be made broadly available to the Chicago scientific community. Levers are not intended to simply provide general supplemental research support or to be a substitute for required institutional commitment(s).

Beyond offering the opportunity to greatly leverage CBC funding, the structure of the Lever Awards is specifically intended to take advantage of the peer-review process that guides federal and other national funding programs, thus guaranteeing that CBC support is ultimately awarded based on scientific merit. Making the Lever Awards contingent on approval by the independent external review process serves as a means of validating the proposed scientific research. The structure also assures that the CBC program will be driven by the merit of the science rather than by other institutional considerations.

This program has ended. Applications are not being accepted.


see also

▸ Funded Lever Awards