Limited Submission Programs - 2014 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program

Summary of Opportunity

2014 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program [PDF]

OSP Deadline

12/11/13 - Letter of Intent Review/Endorsement

01/21/14 - Review/Endorsement

Funding Agency Deadline

12/13/13 - Letter of Intent (required)

01/26/14 - Foundation Deadline Date

Funding or Award Criteria

Program Description: We take great pride in our Scholars program. By investing in young leaders and their research, we aim to advance transformative ideas in their earliest stages and leverage them to promote breakthrough solutions.

Historically, we have sought research projects with above-average risk that break new ground and challenge the status quo. While other organizations may shy away from such exposure, we view pioneering efforts as opportunities for the greatest success. We delight in knowing that many of our Scholars would not have possessed the resources to move forward without our support.

Their achievements have been impressive: our list of Scholars includes a Nobel Laureate and many who have been recognized as members of the National Academy of Sciences.

Knowing of our rich tradition, high standards and the regard in which we hold your institution,we invite you to submit one nomination this year.

Candidates will show promise of becoming leaders in research in the cure and treatment of diseases in the fields of cancer, immunology, and neuroscience. Candidates in the early stages of their careers are preferred; most likely this will mean a recent appointment at faculty level. Candidates must have completed their training and provided persuasive evidence of distinguished achievement or extraordinary promise in research in one of the relevant fields.

Finalists must be available for an interview on Friday, April 25, 2014 in New York City.

Please see the solicitation for complete information. To learn more about the Rita Allen Foundation, programs, and previous winners, visit:

Eligibility Applicants with committed awards that overlap the first two years of the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program from the Beckman Young Investigator Program, Ellison New Scholar Award, Kimmel Scholar Award, Pew Scholars Program in Biomedical Sciences, and Searle Scholars Program are not eligible. Other funding sources may influence selection.
Applicable Field(s)  
Number of Nominees Allowed One (1) nominee
Required Internal Review Documents

Associate Deans or Designates should submit the following materials electronically to by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013:

  1. Dean's or ORU Director's Letter of Nomination
  2. Two-page maximum lay abstract describing the aims/needs of the proposed research project.
  3. The bio sketch/CV of the UT PI

Your College may submit one (1) nomination for consideration.


Note to Potential Applicants

Internal review documents do not reflect the application requirements set forth by the sponsor. Please review solicitation carefully.

Financial Support

If chosen, the candidate would be designated a Rita Allen Foundation Scholar. On the Scholar's behalf, The University of Texas at Austin would receive financial support from the Foundation of up to $110,000 annually for a period of up to five years. The grant is to be used entirely for direct project expenses, including up to 50% of the grant may be used for the Scholar's compensation. The Foundation does not support institutional overhead.

Nominee(s) Selected to Advance

Dr. Amy Brock, Cockrell School of Engineering

Posting Date 11/13/13