The purpose of the Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation is to support the research of promising young scientists, to contribute to the creation of new areas of research in the biological sciences in Italy, and to strengthen and develop collaborative relationships between Italian scientists and those at Harvard Medical School in Boston (HMS).

The Career Development Award consists of three-to-five years of funding allocated to an independent investigator at a host institute in Italy. The program is aimed at young and talented scientists, to enable them to contribute significantly to their areas of research.  Applicants must:

  • be young emerging basic scientists with demonstrated productivity and the ability to function as an independent investigator (Previous experience working with or at HMS is desirable but not an essential requirement)
  • have a minimum of three years of post-doctoral research experience in basic biological sciences (including at least two years abroad ) and be no more than 10 years from having received a PhD, i.e. the degree should have been received no earlier than July 15, 2006 and no later than July 15, 2013
  • be researchers outside of Italy (both in the application stage and at the time of acceptance of the award), who wish to become part of the community of researchers in Italy
  • have an agreement for the development of a novel research project in a suitable host institution in Italy (preferably other than the institution where the candidate has already done doctoral study, post-doctoral research or held a job)
  • not have a pre-existing contract, independent of this grant, with a prospective host institute in Italy.  Applications from candidates who have already been offered an appointment at an Italian host institute will not be considered.

The Career Development Award is $ 200,000 per year and the funds may cover the costs related to compensation of the researcher (commensurate with the position occupied at the host institution), salaries of the other members involved in the indicated research project, and equipment/infrastructure.

The Career Development Award Program intends to enable researchers to join the Italian scientific community to pursue a specific research project. Therefore, the nominee cannot accept concurrent grants in support of the same research project at the host institution.  Exceptions to this may be made only under exceptional circumstances and should be communicated promptly to the Armenise-Harvard Foundation.

Further information and application forms are available on this website.

If you need further info contact Elisabetta Vitali, The Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation,

180 Longwood Ave, Suite 110, Boston, MA 02115 USA Tel:  +1 617.432.6258       

Elisabetta_vitali@hms.harvard.edu