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Searle Scholars Award

Internal Due Date: 07-07-2017 Coordinated by OSP

Foundation Due Date: 09-29-2017

Number of Applications: 2


The Searle Scholars Program was established at The Chicago Community Trust in 1980. It is funded from the estates of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Searle and the program is intended to support ". . . research in medicine, chemistry and the biological science." To achieve this goal, grants will be made to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in the first or second year of their first appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose current appointment is a tenure-track position. The Searle Scholars Program selection committee is primarily interested in the potential of applicants to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time.

Grants of $100,000 per year for three years will fund newly independent investigators who began their first tenure-track position at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2015.

Applicants will be expected to be pursuing independent research careers in the following disciplines: biochemistry; cell biology; genetics; immunology; neuroscience; pharmacology; and related areas in chemistry, medicine and biological sciences.  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. Full information can be found at the website noted above.


Internal Competition Guidelines:  Interested applicants must submit an abstract of their proposed projects (not to exceed 2 pages) and an NIH-style biosketch to Holly Sommers via e-mail ( by no later than the internal deadline noted above for consideration. The abstract should also confirm the individual’s eligibility for the program. [It is very helpful if the abstract and biosketch can be combined into a single PDF with the abstract first.] Please put Searle Scholars Program – Candidate Name in the subject line of the e-mail. Please note that written reviews or summary statements from the internal review and selection process will not be available.