Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently asked questions about the application process.
Researchers with advanced degrees (PhD, MD, or equivalent) who are affiliated with an established research organization can apply for funding. We welcome applications from researchers in the United States and elsewhere, as long as the proposed research targets HEI's main research interests. Please refer to our Strategic Plan and current funding opportunities for details.
Letters of Intent are not mandatory but help us anticipate the volume of expected applications. Letters of Intent are not binding. If you sent a Letter of Intent but will not be applying, please let us know as soon as possible.
HEI generally does not provide feedback on Letters of Intent. However, HEI will contact the applicant if the intended topic of the application is outside the scope of the Request for Applications, or if the applicant or their institution does not meet qualifications for applying.
Preliminary applications are a mechanism for HEI to preselect proposals when a large volume of proposals is expected. Investigators are asked to describe their research idea in a few pages and provide some information on feasibility of the research, experience of the research team, and budget. After review, if HEI is interested, a full application is requested. This process circumvents time spent by researchers in preparing full applications and by HEI for reviewing them in depth when they are not likely to succeed.
No, full applications submitted through a preliminary application process are by invitation only.
When applications are received at HEI, they are sent to two or three external peer reviewers with appropriate expertise. The applications and peer reviews are then discussed by an RFA review panel (for major RFAs) or by the Research Committee (for smaller RFAs and the New Investigator Award). The RFA review panel recommends a top selection of applications to the Research Committee, which discusses the top tier applications and makes a final recommendation for funding to HEI's Board of Directors.
Frequently asked questions about HEI study oversight and reporting requirements.