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The 12th Annual Mentorship Award 2021
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 15, 2021 (instructions and details below).
This year we will celebrate Research, Education & Innovation Week April 12-16, 2021 with the Mentorship Awards presented virtually along with the other Research Week Awards.
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 and  Rachel Smilow, and Julia Miller submitted via e-mail by Monday, March 15, 2021.
Nomination Package should include the following
  1. Curriculum Vitae of mentor
  2. Mentorship Awards Table. Note: Titles reflect those at time of the award.
  3. Two letters of recommendation. One letter should be written by the sponsor/nominator (not to exceed 2,000 words) who 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 “firsthand” 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.

Founders Auxiliary Board Grant Program

The Founders Auxiliary Board, the result of the 2021 merger of The Board of Visitors and the Children’s Health Board, allocates funds to Children’s National through its Annual Grants and Major Gifts Programs. Through both Boards’ fundraising efforts, the Annual Grants Program has awarded close to $12 million to support initiatives to develop and sustain cutting-edge research and innovative treatments, purchase critical medical equipment, improve patient hospital experience and support the professional development of doctors, nurses and hospital staff as well as numerous health initiatives through the pediatric community clinics of Children’s National serving those most in need.

2021-2022 Grants Dates
  • Grant management system open for Letter of Intent (LOI) submission: Thursday, August 5, 2021
  • LOI due to Founders Auxiliary Board: Friday, October 1, 2021
  • LOI response from Founders Auxiliary Board to applicant: Friday, October 22, 2021
  • Full grant proposal due to Founders Auxiliary Board: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
  • Grant request investigation interviews by Founders Auxiliary Board: January/February 2022
  • Grant applicants notified of grant award and fund amount: by Monday, April 11, 2022

Learn more about the Board of Visitors Grant program here


Open to Children’s National Faculty
The PI (Faculty) Bridge Award is an internally funded program providing up to one year of additional support for any established investigator with a competitive renewal application under consideration with a lag time between the current and follow-on funding. 
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted by the administrative coordinator of the Centralized Funding Office four times a year by the following due dates: January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15. However, applications must be received not less than three months prior to the scheduled termination date of the applicant’s current award.
For further details, see Faculty Bridge Funding 


Open to Children’s National Faculty
The Career Development Academic Enrichment Fund is an internally funded program providing up to one year of support for junior investigators completing periods of research funding from either internal or external sources.
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted by the administrative coordinator of the Centralized Funding Office four times a year by the following due dates: January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15. However, applications must be received not less than three months prior to the scheduled termination date of the applicant’s Career Development award.
Review Career Development Bridge Funding 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 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.