Limited Submission Funding Opportunity – Searle Scholar Program – LOIs due to OVPR by June 28

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry. WSU is invited to nominate one investigator to apply for the Searle Scholars Program for 2020.

The Searle Scholars Program Scientific Advisory Board is primarily interested in the potential of applicants to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time. 

Applicants for the 2020 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2020) are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2018. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution. 

The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components. Potential applicants who are unsure if their research is appropriate for our Program are encouraged to examine the research interests of present and former Searle Scholars on this website. 

Applicants who were nominated for awards in the previous competition year but were not awarded may still meet the eligibility criteria for the current competition. Institutions should consult with the Scientific Director of the Program regarding re-nomination of such individuals. 

Grants are set at $300,000 for a three-year period with $100,000 payable in the first year and equal sums payable in the second and third years and are subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Generally, fifteen new awards are granted annually and are activated on July 1 of the year of the competition. The awards are designated for the support of the research described in the application.

Please review the program guidelines carefully to assess fit.

The Office of the Vice President for Research will accept notifications of interest from investigators and select the most competitive researcher to go forward. To be considered, please submit a one-page Letter of Intent and the PI’s abbreviated CV to in one PDF document by 5 p.m. on June 28. The application will be available online to the selected investigator once our nomination has been placed. The sponsor’s application deadline is September 27, 2019.