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Seed Grants

Seed Grants

The Albert Einstein Society provides two types of fast track funding to Einstein Healthcare Network residents and fellows through a competitive seed grant application process. Awards are up to $7,500 and center around human and animal research and quality improvement.

Physician Scientist/ Early Career Researcher awards support human and animal research projects. Eligible projects require a specific research question and the collection of measurable data to test the research hypothesis. Projects may be of any research design including: randomized controlled studies, case series, or retrospective studies

Quality Improvement projects guide improvement in quality, patient safety, and patient care processes. These projects are conducted on a small scale but are designed to be implemented on a larger scale if the results are favorable. Proposals must align with the Einstein Healthcare Network Quality Improvement objectives and utilize the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Plan Do Act Study (PDSA) cycle. Proposals for 2017-2018 must focus on Patient Safety, Patient Experience, and Readmissions.


  • Seed grants are restricted to residents and fellows who have at least two years of training remaining at Einstein Healthcare Network (as of 7/1 of the academic year in which funding is received).
  • Grant recipients may only serve as primary investigators on one grant at any given time. Individuals may serve as a Co-PI on unlimited seed grant proposals
  • Eligible expenses are outlined in the Seed Grant Procedure document.


  • An IRB or IACUC application must be submitted PRIOR to the grant application submission and evidence of submission must be provided from the IRB analyst.
  • If it is believed that the project does not require IRB approval, a “QI versus Research Form” must be submitted prior to the grant application. Evidence of submission must be provided by the IRB analyst.
  • An IRB or IACUC approval letter or evidence that the project does not require IRB approval must be received by the Research Educator within 60 days of award notice or funds will not be granted.

Selection and Award Process:

  • Applicants must submit a pre-application by the deadline and meet with the Research Educator to discuss the project before the final application is due.
  • All written applications will be scored by at least two committee members and the authors with the highest scores will be invited to do an oral presentation of their proposal before the committee.
  • Final awards will be granted to applicants with the highest combined written and oral scores.

Requirements of Grant Recipients:

  • Seed grant recipients are required to submit quarterly progress reports (within five business days of receiving them) to the Research Educator in the form of a completed “three-month update” form. At the end of the project they must complete the “annual/final progress report.”
  • Prior to the end of the funding period, grant recipients will be required to:
    • Submit the results of their funded project to the resident/fellow research competition in May and complete a poster for EHN’s Research Recognition Week.
    • Write up the results of their project and submit them to a journal with a Pub Med ID.

For questions regarding these exciting opportunities, please contact the Research Educator at ehn_research@einstein.edu.

Please click on the links below to access the documents necessary to apply for a grant.

Seed Grants Procedures 2017
Albert Einstein Society Quality Improvement Seed Grant Application
Albert Einstein Society Quality Improvement Seed Grant Application Written
Seed Grant Budget Form
Seed Grant Presentation Template
Albert Einstein Society Early Career Researcher Seed Grant Application Written Part
Albert Einstein Society Early Career Researcher Seed Grant Application

Genius Projects

Awarded through a competitive grant process, funds are allocated to Einstein physicians, nurses and staff to explore new ideas in the laboratory, the hospital, and the community. Through their work, we’re discovering better, more intelligent ways to care for our patients.

Genius Supporters

These are some of the people who help make it happen. Whether they give six figures or a dollar per pay period, these are the real heroes of the Albert Einstein Society.

Bob. Debra. Linda. Tom. Bill.

If you share our vision, we invite you to join us today