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Searle Scholars Program for Assistant Professors Applications Wanted

Jun 22, 2021, 16:27 PM by Melodi Moore
Searle Scholars Program

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 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.

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 renomination 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.

If you are interested in applying, please submit the following documentation to Melodi Moore on or before July 15, 2021

  • Grant Proposal (two-page maximum)
    1. Title of project
    2. PI name, title, department, institution, email
    3. Abstract of up to 500 words
    4. Timeline including milestones for the funding period (3 years for Searle)
  • Biosketch for the PI
  • A brief, relevant list of cited literature

The Grants Review & Oversight Committee will review the pre-applications and select the UTMB nominee by July 31, 2021.   After the selection is made, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) will notify the nominee and other applicants.  OSP will also notify the Searle Scholars Program of the UTMB nominee.

The selected PI will complete the proposal and submit the required documents to OSP for review before the Searle deadline of September 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.  

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