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RFP: Searle Scholars Program 2022

Posted: 6/8/2021 (Funding)

Sponsor: Kinship Foundation

Program: Searle Scholars Program 2022

Award amount: $300,000

Number of applications UW can put forward: 2

OR internal deadline: 6/24/21

OSP deadline: 9/21/21

Sponsor deadline: 9/30/21


Program Description

The Searle Scholars Program is a limited submission award program which makes grants to selected academic and research institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Generally, the program makes 15 new grants annually.

Applicants for the 2022 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2022) 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, 2020. 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.


Pre-proposal instructions

Please submit:

  1. a one-page letter of intent with a description of proposed aims and approach
  2. CV (not NIH format)  of the PI
  3. A letter of support from the Dean or Chair. This letter of support signifies that the Dean or Chair have ensured that the nominee and application are likely to be of sufficient quality to be competitive nationally

to by 5:00 PM Thursday June 24, 2021. Proposals are due to the sponsor 9/30/21, so you will need to have your materials in to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 9/21/21 for processing, if given the go ahead by the Proposal Review Committee. Other open limited submissions opportunities, as well as the internal proposal review committee review and selection process outline, are here:  Please feel free to email us at with questions or information on any limited submission opportunities that should be but are not already listed on that page.

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Deadline: 06/24/2021