Back to top

Funding at Children's National Hospital

children's research institute - mentorship award 

The 11th Annual Mentorship Award 2020
Mentorship is a critical determinant of a successful academic career. In recognition of the importance of mentorship, three awards were established in 2009-10 in the fields of Basic/Translational Research, Clinical Research, and Education. We ask that you submit nominations for two awards, one in Basic/Translational Research and the other in Clinical Research no later than Monday, March 16, 2020 (instructions and details below).
This year we will celebrate Research, Education & Innovation Week April 20-24, 2020 with the Mentorship Awards presented on the same day as the President’s, Elda Arce Education and other Research Week Awards on Thursday, April 23, 2020.
Award Criteria
These two awards are based on the training experiences and success of the mentees supported and trained by the nominee and not the mentor's achievements. 
Such commitment and extraordinary effort by a mentor may be demonstrated by:
  • The number of individuals mentored
  • Mentorship quality as judged by support provided in presenting and publishing
  • Providing career and psychological support, encouragement, and essential strategies for life in the scholarly scientific community
  • Continued long term interest in the individual's professional advancement
Eligibility Criteria
  • Past mentor nominees may be resubmitted. Please consider resubmission as the quality of submissions has exceeded our expectations in the past several years
  • Member of Children’s National Hospital/Children’s National Research Institute community who are faculty at George Washington University School of Medicine
  • May include basic, translational, clinical or community researchers/investigators and educators
  • Actively involved in research, teaching, mentoring or other leadership activities
  • Sustained record of mentoring over time
Exclusion Criteria
  • Prior recipient of a Mentor Award
  • Member of Selection Committee
Nomination Package 
The forms are in Word format, which makes it easier to complete. Please save and forward completed packet in (PDF format) to:
Naomi Luban, MD, Rachel Smilow, and Julia Miller submitted via e-mail by Monday, March 16, 2020.
Nomination Package should include the following
  1. Nomination form and Mentorship Awards Table (Note: Titles should reflect those at time of the award)
    CNRI Childrens National Hospital Annual Mentorship Award Nomination Form and Mentorship Table.doc
  2. Curriculum Vitae of mentor
  3. Two letters of recommendation. One letter should be written by the sponsor/nominator (not to exceed 2,000 words) that summarizes the nominee/mentor's impact on the training/career of his/her mentees.
    One additional letter (not to exceed 1,000 words) from a second mentee that details “first hand” how the nominee influenced the mentee's career.
The letters should be addressed to:
Mark L. Batshaw, M.D., Physician-In-Chief and Chief Academic Officer
Children's National Hospital Fight for Children Professor
Department of Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Specifics of Letters of Recommendation
The sponsor/nomination letter should reference how the nominee has modeled excellence in research, teaching, presentation, and publication and has aided in the ability to obtain funding and/or in academic success. Further, the letter should include detail on how the nominee has advanced the mentees' professional development, created a supportive environment for research and scholarship, encouraged communication, ensured accessibility and engendered collaborations.
Selection Process
Applications will be evaluated on mentoring ability, quality of the mentorship relationship and outcome(s) of the mentoring relationship. The Award Committee is composed of Drs. Mark Batshaw, Naomi Luban, Vittorio Gallo, and Stephen Teach. Each application will be scored independently by each committee member.

Board of Visitors grant 

The Board of Visitors allocates funds to Children’s National through both its Annual Grants and Major Gifts Program. Through the Board’s fundraising efforts, the Annual Grants Program has awarded more than $8 million to support initiatives to develop and sustain cutting-edge research and innovative treatments, purchase critical medical equipment, improve patients’ hospital experience and support the professional development of our doctors, nurses and hospital staff.

The Board of Visitors grants, like the patients and families at Children’s National, are remarkably diverse. Past awards have supported research, cutting-edge equipment and technology, pediatric surgical robots, professional development, educational support, and the transformation of Little Tykes cars and wagons to accommodate devices for oxygen, IV poles and monitors for our smallest patients in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Learn more about the Board of Visitors Grant program here. Letters of Intent are due October 1, 2020


Open to Children’s National Faculty
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted by the administrative coordinator of the Centralized Funding Office three times a year by the following due dates: March 15, July 15, November 15. However, applications must be received not less than six months prior to the scheduled termination date of the applicant’s current award.
For further details, see Faculty Bridge Funding (.pdf). 


Open to Children’s National Faculty
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted by the administrative coordinator of the Centralized Funding Office three times a year by the following due dates: March 15, July 15, November 15. However, applications must be received not less than six months prior to the scheduled termination date of the applicant’s Career Development award.
Review Career Development Bridge Funding (.pdf) for further details. 


Open to Children’s National Faculty

Applications should be sent to the Administrative Coordinator for the Centralized Funding Office.

Review the Application Process (.pdf) for further details.


The Children’s National Hospital Global Health Initiative (GHI) is pleased to sponsor the Global Health Exploration Award. GHI seeks to foster and encourage the development of research that addresses key pediatric global health challenges, improves health outcomes in resource-limited settings, and favorably positions faculty to obtain extramural funding in pediatric global health research. Projects to be considered must be conducted in a low or middle-income country (LMIC) on a pediatric topic of importance to that country and/or have direct relevance to emerging global threats. Proposals to study a health issue in a developing country that could be studied using a US population are not encouraged and will receive a lower score. Please direct questions about this RFA to

Important Dates:

  • Posted date: December 4, 2019
  • Open date (earliest submission): December 4, 2019
  • Open Studio: January 8, 9, and 14, 2020
  • Application due date (12 PM): January 27, 2020
  • Awards announced: March 16, 2020
  • Earliest project start date/funding available: July 1, 2020
  • Project completion date/funding ends: June 30, 2021
View the RFA here


*** UPDATE: Due to unexpected financial exigencies, we will not be able to offer the Avery Award for FY17 as planned 
This Avery Translational Research Career Development Award, previously called the Avery Scholar Award, will support MD or PhD junior faculty members whose research focus has direct importance to the improvement of childhood disease.
Important Dates:
  • RFA Release Date: February 18, 2016
  • Deadline for Letters of Intent: April 15, 2016 by 5:00 pm
  • Deadline for Invited Full Proposals: June 3, 2016 by 5:00 pm
  • Funding Decision Announcement: June 2016
  • Award Date: July 1, 2016
Click here to view the Information and Instructions for the 2016-2017 Application.