Lilly Research Award Program

The Lilly Research Award Program (LRAP) provides Lilly scientists who are working on basic and applied research projects with an avenue to partner with global external researchers to collaboratively advance research projects. These research projects range in focus and may include development of new models, methods, or techniques, validation of disease targets and/or biomarkers, as well as approaches to improve existing preclinical models.

LRAP provides a two-way, pre-competitive collaborative environment in which an external partner can gain invaluable access to Lilly expertise and resources to advance high risk, high reward science. The pre-competitive nature of the program enables Lilly and external researchers the opportunity to jointly publish their results.

Research proposals are prepared jointly by a Lilly scientist sponsoring the project and an external investigator, according to guidelines established by Lilly. The proposals are reviewed by a panel of Lilly’s top scientists. Projects are prioritized for funding based on the following considerations:

  • Novelty, including the potential impact of proposed research
  • Expertise of the external investigator
  • Feasibility of the proposal, including the ability to integrate internal and external work plans

Funding prioritization decisions, with written feedback on the proposal, will be made available to the internal Lilly sponsor approximately 45 days from the close of each application cycle.

For more information on the LRAP program, email LRAP@Lilly.com.

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