Faculty Affairs

Winters Foundation Awards


The Samuel and Emma Winters Foundation awards five to six grants for biomedical research to investigators in the Pittsburgh area each year. These one-year awards average $10,000 and are intended to support junior faculty members, although senior investigators who are developing new research directions may also be considered. This award can be used to supplement funds available for existing research project(s) or to initiate a new research direction.

Research Associates and Fellows must have a guaranteed faculty appointment with a letter of support from their Department Chair confirming the appointment to apply.

Department of Medicine faculty have had remarkable success in receiving Winters Foundation Awards. The Department has averaged more than three awards per year for the past nine years, with every Division receiving at least one grant during that time.

2021-2022 Applications are Open!

​The 2021-2022 Winters Foundation Application Cycle is open! Applications are due Saturday, May 1, 2021.  Winners will be announced in June, and the award year begins on July 1.


Winters Foundation Grants Review Committee Email: wtrsfnd@pitt.edu

2019-2020 Winners

Rehana Leak, PhD – Duquesne University
Tomeka Suber, MD, PhD – University of Pittsburgh
Samit Ghosh, PhD – University of Pittsburgh
Manling Zhang, MD, MS – University of Pittsburgh
Krystle Frahm, PhD – University of Pittsburgh
Patrick Flaherty, PhD – Duquesne University
Roderick Tan, MD, PhD – University of Pittsburgh

2020-2021 Winners

Paula Corti, PhD – University of Pittsburgh
Jill Dembowski, PhD – Duquesne University
Miler Lee, PhD – University of Pittsburgh
Xi Ren, PhD – Carnegie Mellon University
Shiori Sekine, PhD – University of Pittsburgh
Yusuke Sekine, PhD – University of Pittsburgh
Bin Yang, PhD – Duquesne University
Kai Yu, PhD – Carnegie Mellon University