Limited Submission Programs - Searle Scholars Program

Summary of Opportunity
Searle Scholars Program
OSP Deadline 09/22/14
Funding Agency Deadline 09/26/14
Funding or Award Criteria

Program Description: The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding young 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.

The Program was established at The Chicago Community Trust in 1980 and has been administered by Kinship Foundation since 1996. The Program is funded from the estates of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Searle. Mr. Searle was the grandson of the founder of the world-wide pharmaceutical company, G.D. Searle & Company. It was Mr. Searle's wish that certain funds be used to support "...research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences."

Please see the solicitation for complete information.


Applicants for awards which will be activated on July 1, 2014 will be 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.

Candidates should have begun their first appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2013. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent).

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 the website.

Applicable Field(s)  
Number of Nominees Allowed Two (2) applications
Required Internal Review Documents

Associate Deans or Designates should submit the following materials electronically to by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2014:

  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 short bio sketch/CV of the UT PI

Each college may submit one (1) nomination. The nominations must be accompanied by a description of the number of internal candidates received and considered and a description of the internal review process employed at the departmental level to determine the top candidate.

Nominee(s) Selected to Advance

Dr. Blerta Xhemalce, College of Natural Sciences

Dr. Janeta Zoldan, Cockrell School of Engineering

Posting Date 06/26/14