(CLOSED) 2022 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor Name: 
Pew Charitable Trusts
Description of the Award: 

The Pew Biomedical Scholars Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health who are in their first few years of their appointment . The award provides $300,000 in flexible support- $75,000 per year for a four-year period. One nomination is invited from each participating institution.

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. This program does not fund clinical trials research. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and pioneering approaches to basic, translational, and applied biomedical research. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles but who bring in concepts and theories from more diverse fields are encouraged to apply.

Ideas with the potential to produce an unusually high impact are encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards, and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew scholars program.

Eligibility for the 2022 award:

Candidates must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Hold a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
  • As of Sept. 1, 2021, hold a full-time appointment at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as research assistant professor, adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting professor or instructor are not eligible.)
  • Must not have been appointed as an assistant professor at any institution prior to June 14, 2017, whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, in work toward board certification, or on parental leave does not count as part of this four-year limit.
  • May apply to the program a maximum of two times. All applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2022 online application.
  • If applicants have appointments at more than one eligible nominating institution or affiliate, they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different nominating entity.
  • May not be nominated for the Pew Scholars Program and the Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research in the same year.

Once the Pew program office has received the name and contact information of the nominee from the institution, login information will be emailed directly to the selected applicant. The online application website will open June 14, 2021, and the submission deadline is Sept. 1, 2021

Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
1
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Sep 01, 2021
Other Deadline Dates: 
Institutional Nomination : 5/17/2021
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_Pew_2022) no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

  • Research Project Summary (3 pages including references & figures)
  • Curriculum vitae (2 pages including publications and external funding)
  • Department Head Letter of Support (1 page)
  • List of external references (name, title, institution)

    • Scientific reference familiar with applicant’s work
    • Postdoc Advisor
    • Graduate Advisor

The Office of Foundation Relations is the designated institutional contact responsible for communicating with the Foundation and is collaborating with Limited Submissions on the internal downselect process. For questions concerning the application process and other foundation-related questions, applicants should please contact Jess Kiely, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, (jkiely1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu).

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 4:00pm