The 2024 Nicole Gularte “Fight for Cures” Grant Award Application


The Emily Whitehead Foundation (EWF) is pleased to announce the availability of funding to support early-stage investigators working in the United States who are dedicated to advancing novel cell and gene therapies. The grant will be awarded to an early career scientist who is emboldened with the indomitable and unconquerable spirit of Nicole Gularte to develop, create, and deliver access to advanced therapies for pediatric patients and significantly contribute to the field of advanced therapies.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be an Early Stage Investigator holding a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, or D.O) earned from an accredited institution within the last 5 years.
  • Work location must be located in the United States.

Award: The selected recipient will receive a grant of $50,000, intended for salary support, materials/reagents, and travel to a scientific meeting to present data supported by the grant. Travel expenses to attend the EWF Believe Ball on September 27, 2024, in Philadelphia to receive the award in person will be provided in addition to the grant.

Evaluation Criteria: Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • A letter of Nomination from a mentor or advisor with a career in advanced therapies.
  • Alignment with Nicole’s vision to fight for cures, including a career commitment to moving advanced therapies forward.
  • Quality of scientific work as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications.
  • Significance and approach of the proposed project to advance a novel cell, gene, or advanced therapy.
  • Research environment and resources.
  • Research budget justification.
  • Ability to attend the EWF Believe Ball on September 27, 2024.
  • Applicant consents to acknowledge EWF as a contributing source of funding for grant applications, publications, and presentations and recognition in EWF literature and publications.

Review Process: Grant applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of world-leading medical scientists and practitioners recognized in their fields of expertise in the development, discovery, or delivery of cell/gene/advanced therapies. The committee will be invited by the EWF executive committee.

Important Dates:

  • Applications Open: April 1, 2024
  • Deadline to Submit: June 15, 2024
  • Winner Notification: Mid-August 2024
  • Believe Ball: September 27, 2024

Submission Instructions: Interested applicants must submit their proposals electronically to no later than June 15, 2024. Late submissions will not be considered.

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Watch the inaugural Nicole Gularte Fight for Cures Embassador Award presentation: