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Joel and Barbara Alpert Endowment for Children of the City

Joel and Barbara Alpert Endowment for Children of the CityThe Joel and Barbara Alpert Endowment for Children of the City was established at Boston University School of Medicine in honor of the work carried out by the Alperts over their 25 years spent at Boston City Hospital and the Boston University medical community.

The endowment is used to support Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center faculty, fellows and residents early in their careers to carry out scholarly research in general pediatrics. Research is expected to study the medical and social needs of underserved children.

After accomplishing their start-up efforts, the physicians will prove competitive in identifying support for expanded projects emphasizing strategies and intervention which will result in improved health outcomes for inner city children.

Since 1995, a committee of senior department members has awarded grants after conducting competitive searches. To date over 120 awards have been made, with project awards ranging from $500 - $15,000. Many of these have been pilot projects leading to further investigation and substantial outside funding.

Endowment support is for one year and three to five grants are awarded each cycle. Grants are given a priority if the pilot phase is judged likely to lead to further investigation. Resident, fellow, and junior faculty applicants must identify a senior faculty mentor and secure his or her sign-off on their proposal. All others are encouraged to demonstrate appropriate collaboration arrangements. If successfully funded, the applicant is expected to provide a six-month interim report and a final program and budget report sixty days after the grant expiration date.

Submission Guidelines

  • The first page should be the cover page.  This counts in the page numbering.
  • The grant application should be double-spaced and no longer than 10 pages. Please number the pages consecutively, including the cover page.
  • The format should follow a modified NIH outline – specific aims; background and significance; preliminary data (if any); research design and methods; and literature cited.
  • A detailed project budget and brief budget justification must be included.
  • The last page(s) should be the budget (counts in page numbering).
  • The budget should not exceed $20,000.  
  • The budget must not include any faculty salary support, travel expenses, or equipment.
  • NIH biosketches are required from all investigators and should follow the budget (they do not count in the page numbering).

Your application should be submitted electronically to Meagan Wyllie. If you cannot send the signed cover page electronically, please give it to Meagan and she'll scan it.  Applications that do not follow the above format will not be reviewed.

Fall 2014 Call For Applications - due 05/15/2014


Alpert Grant Application Form
Alpert Final Report Form
Alpert Progress Report Form
Alpert Petty Cash Log

Spring Grant Cycle

May 15: Proposals Due
Mid-June: Award notifications
July 1: Year long funding begins

Fall Grant Cycle

November 15: Proposals Due
Mid-December: Award Notifications
January 1: Year long funding begins

Please contact Meagan Wyllie at 617.414.2574 with further questions.


In response to Dr. Alpert's recent passing, if you would like to donate to the fund online, please visit  Under "I would like my gift to benefit (select one):," select The Joel and Barbara Alpert Fund for Children of the City.

If you prefer to mail your gift, please send it to:

Boston University School of Medicine
Office of Development
Medical Campus
72 East Concord Street, L219
Boston, MA 02118

Updated: January 9, 2014


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