The Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Award provides support for three years at $100,000 direct cost per year. The goal of the program is to create a community of scholars who are engaged in high-risk, early-stage, innovative, and cutting-edge biomedical research that has not yet qualified for significant funding from outside sources and that will in the short or long term benefit children.
There is an emerging preference for technology/engineering, but there are exceptions to that. There is a bit of bias toward somewhat applied research where one can visualize the (eventual) young patients.
The Foundation's website offers profiles of much of its supported work. See: http://www.thehartwellfoundation.org/Individual_Biomedical_Research_Awards.shtml. Included are the names of researchers and the titles of their projects.
See also: Nomination Checklist [pdf], which describes what the Foundation looking for.
These may be useful to you as you consider this opportunity.
UM may nominate four candidates.
For consideration as an institutional nominee, submit the following electronically in a single PDF by June 15, 2013:
UM candidates selected to be nominated will be informed by early July. A full proposal (Guidelines [pdf]) will be due to the Foundation by September 16, 2013.
The Foundation will invite their finalists to Memphis for in-person interviews in November, including 30 minute powerpoint presentations of the research proposed.
See also the complete copy of The Hartwell Foundation's "Application Process and Administrative Guidelines" in pdf form.
Michigan has received six of these awards in recent years: one each (with primary appointments) in Pharmacy (Victor Yang), Pharmacology (Asim Beg), BioMedical Engineering (Charles Cain), Pediatrics (Jamie Ferrara), Pediatric Surgery (Daniel Teitelbaum), and Dental School (Nan Hatch). Please feel free to ask these scholars for feedback on ideas you may have for a Hartwell Foundation proposal. The Hartwell Foundation hosts annual gatherings of its scholars and thus these scientists have exposure to the full complement of supported researchers.