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The Hopper-Belmont Foundation (HBF) Inspiration Award aims to motivate young investigators to make a difference early in their career by providing support towards one of the following areas:

a) Innovation: Recognition of an innovative idea in need of proof of concept/data prior to applying for larger grants from NIH or other funding resources

b) Aspiration: Providing resources to begin, or further, research in a designated HBF focus area.

2020 Award Focus: Pancreatic Cancer - concepts for early detection and curative therapies.


HBF welcomes and encourages applicants to be as innovative, out of the box,  or straight forward as you like. Some examples might include (but not exclusive to):

  • Seeking “proof of concept” support for innovative ideas, i.e. no proof/data points are necessary in your application- just a strong argument your idea has merit

  • Funding for initial experience investigating pancreatic cancer

  • Ability to work for a period of time with an expert in pancreatic cancer

  • Other      

Who Qualifies: Senior post-doctoral or clinical fellows (MD, PhD, MD/PhD) or primary investigators in the first three years of their initial faculty appointment. 


Guidelines: Submit a concept summary (3 pages maximum) using the following format:

  • Situation

  • Inspiration Idea

  • Proof of concept approach (if applicable)

  • How this will help your career

  • Overall benefits for patient care

  • Timeline

  • Budget justification (to exclude indirects)

  • Closing remarks

  • Appendix: To include

    • NIH style bio-sketch


Recommendations (2-3): Current advisors, department heads, other relevant individuals. 


Award Value: $5,000


# of Awards: Goal is (2) awards to be granted to qualified candidates


Application Deadline:  September 1, 2020


Apply by email:

Award recipients agree to:

  • Allow HBF to announce their award in various media

  • Report results of the award to HBF within one year of award receipt (informal is acceptable) 



About the Hopper-Belmont Foundation


Hopper-Belmont Foundation (HBF) is a non profit focused on identifying, motivating and supporting young investigators to pursue innovative ideas in health and wellness. Founded in 2020 by leaders in non profit research and patient advocacy foundations, the HBF plans to announce annual awards on a variety of topics.


The Collaborative Alliance for Pancreatic Education and Research’s (CAPER) mission is: (a) to facilitate the collaboration of researchers of pancreatic diseases and to support scientifically rigorous multi-center studies in pancreatic diseases; (b) to educate and train healthcare providers in pancreatic diseases; (c) and to increase public health awareness regarding pancreatic diseases.


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