Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group -- Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) Initiatives

Funding Agency:
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

We are excited to announce two 2023 Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) initiatives. Up to six awards will be made for up to $9 million total funding to support 1) Extracellular Vesicles and 2) Sex Hormones research. 

We seek Letters of Intent (LOIs) by noon Pacific Time November 15, 2022, for the two initiatives. Selected LOIs will be invited to submit full proposals to be considered for an ADI award in 2023. Details on the individual calls as well as answers to frequently asked questions can be found below.  

We welcome submissions from researchers across all career stages, from Assistant Professors and similar positions onward. We look forward to reading your innovative and ambitious project ideas. 

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

US or international scientists associated with eligible research organizations and pursuing independent research (e.g., faculty or similar positions) are eligible to apply. Allen Institute employees, fellows or advisors are not eligible to apply during their tenure at the Allen Institute. Individuals, including project PIs, co-investigators, and collaborators, receiving support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation are not eligible to be part of applications while their award is active. No-cost extension periods are part of active awards. Collaborative teams are welcome; all team members must be associated with eligible research organizations. Eligible research organizations are nonprofit institutions with current 501(c)(3) Public Charity status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), non-federal government entities, IRS-recognized tribes, and other organizations that conduct charitable activities. Applicants may not be private foundations as defined in Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. We ask that, if awarded, the leader commit a minimum of 20% effort to the ADI research activities. We believe that diverse perspectives are vital to science. We encourage researchers from across career stages, who are members of underrepresented groups, and/or who have followed less-traditional career paths to apply. 

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Minorities encouraged


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

November 15, 2022