Paul G. Allen Family Foundation: Allen Distinguished Investigators (ADI) Program

The Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) Program seeks to fund a select group of investigators to pursue new, pioneering research that collectively "moves the needle" towards answering broad scientific questions. The most promising proposals will incorporate novel, creative, and ambitious approaches. For this reason, the program is especially interested in proposals that are unlikely to receive funding from traditional government sources.

This 2016 request for proposals (RFP) focuses on the basic biology of Alzheimer's Disease.

The Foundation expects to fund between 5 and 7 projects with a total funding of $1M-$1.5M, for each project, spanning a 3-year period. The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has a 0% indirect cost policy. 2015 ADI Life Science awards have an expected combined total of $7.5M. Funding is intended to provide a sustainable funding stream for one or more investigators allowing them sufficient time to investigate big questions in-depth using risky, novel approaches.


Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.

  • Scientists at any stage of their career may apply. The Foundation has a particular interest in both supporting the careers of exceptional young scientists showing particular promise as thought leaders in their fields and supporting more established researchers with ambitious, high-risk ideas that could have a revolutionary impact in the field but remain outside the scope of traditional funding sources.

Submission Process

Step 1

Anyone wishing to pursue nomination for the Allen Distinguished Investigators Award should submit the application materials detailed below as one PDF email attachment to Dr. Suzanne Rivera no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16, 2015.


  1. Cover letter addressing the eligibility criteria
  2. Full C.V. with funding history
  3. One-page scientific abstract
Step 2

Final nominees will be notified of their selection by November 27, 2015.

Step 3

Complete application materials due to Research Administration or SOM Office of Grants and Contracts by January 22, 2016.

Step 4

Funding agency deadline is January 29, 2016.


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
11/16/2015 11/27/2015 01/22/2016 01/29/2016 CLOSED