Applications Open for 2024 Michelson Prizes: $150,000 Grants Available to Immunology Innovators

Grants to be awarded to early-career scientists for pioneering research in immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research

Apply to the Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants


Contact: Kathryn Dunn,, 781.738.0730

LOS ANGELES (April 1, 2024) – Today, Michelson Medical Research Foundation (MMRF) and the Human Immunome Project (HIP) opened the application period for the 2024 Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants. The annual prizes award $150,000 research grants to early-career scientists advancing human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research for major global diseases.

The international prize supports high-risk, high-reward research poised to tackle global health crises and address current roadblocks in human vaccine development and our understanding of key immune processes.

“Securing funding for innovative research is a significant hurdle for young scientists, often stifling groundbreaking ideas before they can even be explored,” said Dr. Gary K. Michelson, founder and co-chair of Michelson Philanthropies. “By supporting promising, early-career scientists, these grants pave the way for advancements in immunology that hold the potential to develop new treatments, further our understanding, and save lives.”

The scope of the Michelson Prizes encompasses research across immunology, vaccine, and immunotherapy discovery. However, applicants from the full spectrum of related disciplines, including clinical research, biochemistry, molecular biology, protein engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence/machine learning, biophysics, nanotechnology, etc., are encouraged to apply.

An international committee of esteemed scientists will evaluate proposals. The selection process prioritizes bold research concepts that reach beyond convention to make a lasting impact on the fields of vaccine development and immunology.

Prize details and application criteria:
$150,000 grants for one year of research support
Open to researchers aged 35 and under.
Submission deadline: Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET.
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For more information about the Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants, as well as past prize laureates, please visit


About the Michelson Medical Research Foundation: Founded by Dr. Gary K. Michelson in 1995, the Michelson Medical Research Foundation accelerates solutions to global health challenges by fostering high-risk, high-reward approaches that disrupt the status quo to make innovative ideas a reality. Through convergent collaboration among engineers, scientists, and physicians, the foundation helps rapidly move bold concepts and technologies from the laboratory into clinics and communities around the world. Michelson Medical Research Foundation is a division of Michelson Philanthropies. For more information, visit:

About the Human Immunome Project: The Human Immunome Project (HIP) is a global NGO that generates diverse immunological datasets at scale and builds publicly available AI models of the immune system to accelerate medical research and drug discovery, decrease healthcare costs, and, most importantly, improve health for all. HIP operates globally and is a registered US nonprofit organization.

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