The Searle Scholars Program gives grants to support independent research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences for exceptional early-career scientists who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position.
Candidates should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2016. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position.
Candidates are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas of chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.
Penn State is limited to two nominees overall, thus we request that departments submit no more than two nominees each for this award. To apply to the internal downselect, submit an application using the button on the right-hand menu bar.
The Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations (CFR) is the designated institutional contact responsible for communicating with the Foundation and is collaborating with Limited Submissions on the internal downselect process. Questions concerning the application process and other foundation-related questions should be directed to Eric Reinhard, Associate Director of Foundation Relations (3-4308 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Foundation Relations Insights
Searle likes projects that are unlikely to be funded by NIH because 1) the investigator is young and the goals are too ambitious, 2) the project is too novel, 3) there is no preliminary data or it is something that has been tried and others have failed at it.
The Searle Scholars Program selection committee is primarily interested in the potential of the applicant to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time. Potential applicants are encouraged to assess the Searle advisory board’s membership and consider projects that border their expertise. http://www.searlescholars.net/go.php?id=18
Proposed work can be unique and not funded elsewhere, or it may be a component of on-going research. Funds awarded by the Program are not intended to replace monies obtained from another funding agency but may be used to supplement on-going research. The 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 the program website. http://www.searlescholars.net/go.php?id=6
Previous Penn State Scholars
Michael Axtell (2008), Amie K. Boal (2014), J. Martin Bollinger, Jr. (1996), Gregory K. Farber (1991), Kenneth S. Feldman (1986), Tae-Hee Lee (2008), Randen L. Patterson (2006), B. Franklin Pugh (1992), Beth A. Shapiro (2009)