(CLOSED) Limited Submission: Searle Scholars Program

  • Sponsor: Kinship Foundation
  • Internal Deadline: May 31, 2017
  • Sponsor Deadline: September 29, 2017
  • Link: http://searlescholars.net/

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.

Award Amount

  • Upper $300,000 USD

Each year 15 new individuals are named Searle Scholars. Awards are currently set at $100,000 per year for three years. Full award information and reporting requirements can be found here.


  • 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 2018 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2018) 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, 2016. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.
  • Institutions which do not have tenure-track appointments should consult with the scientific director of the Program regarding eligibility of selected applicants PRIOR to nominating such individuals.
  • 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.

Application Process

The Searle Scholars Program accepts applications only through an online application system. The 2018 competition schedule and process for applying is as follows:

  • Nomination for the 2018 competition will be open to participating institutions on or after June 1, 2017.
  • The application will be available online to selected individuals once nomination has been placed and the submission deadline will be September 29, 2017.
  • Submissions are restricted to selected candidates from Participating Institutions
  • Individuals who have not been nominated by a participating institution cannot apply.
  • Individuals from participating institutions who are interested in submitting an application should consult with the contact at their institution who handles limited submission awards for information about how the nomination process works within their institution.
  • Access to the online application will only be shared with nominated applicants.
  • Applications will be screened by a scientific advisory board comprised of experts in the fields of interest to the Program. All applicants will be advised of competition results by mid-March of the award year.

Limitation Details

The Kinship Foundation invites UGA to submit no more than one nomination to the Searle Scholars Program. If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must submit an internal application to limsub@uga.edu according to the required instructions below.

Internal applications must include:

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of research proposal
    • Applicant/PI name, UGA position, email, and UGA office contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions
    • Date of the applicant’s appointment as Assistant Professor (must be on or after July 1, 2016)
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that describes the research project’s purpose, methodology, and overall goal (novelty and risk-taking are greatly encouraged)
  • Applicant’s curriculum vitae
  • The names and email addresses of four letter-writers who would the final application’s Letters of Support. These individuals must consist of the applicant’s doctoral and post-doctoral mentors, a person of the applicant’s choosing, and the fourth individual must be the applicant’s department chair(s).
  • A (maximum one-page) statement describing why you should be UGA’s nominee (i.e., why you would be the most competitive for this program). Include a summary of early-career achievements and/or awards.

Internal submission instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to limsub@uga.edu by the internal deadline listed above.


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to Lauren Sisko at limsub@uga.edu.

For questions directly related to this program, please view the Program FAQ or contact Jennifer Stadler at jennifer.stadler@kinshipfoundation.org and 312-803-6200.

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