Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group -- Membrane Biophysics – Approaches

Funding Agency:
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group is announcing a 2024 Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) initiative to support research that will develop new experimental approaches for probing the biophysics of cellular membranes to reveal essential aspects of the interplay between membrane form, function, and dynamics. Up to three awards will be made for up to $4.5 million in total funding for the initiative.

We seek a set of creative proposals that develop new experimental approaches for probing the biophysics of cellular membranes to explore and reveal essential aspects of the interplay between membrane form, function, and dynamics. Such approaches encompass new technologies for perturbing, analyzing, and observing cellular membranes (with priority given to non-imaging-based technologies, for example leveraging material sciences, etc.) and/or new analytical frameworks (including prioritizing integration of theory and creative uses of new or existent model systems and their combinations). 

Letters of Intent (LOIs) are due by noon Pacific Time February 14, 2024. Selected LOIs will be invited to submit full proposals to be considered for an ADI award in 2024.

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Eligibility Requirements

US or international scientists associated with eligible research organizations and pursuing independent research (e.g., faculty or similar positions) are eligible to apply. Allen Institute employees, fellows, Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) members or advisors are not eligible to apply during their tenure at the Allen Institute. Individuals, including project PIs, co-investigators, and collaborators, receiving support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation are not eligible to be part of applications while their award is active. No-cost extension periods are part of active awards. Collaborative teams are welcome; all team members must be associated with eligible research organizations. Eligible research organizations are nonprofit institutions with current 501(c)(3) Public Charity status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), non-federal government entities, IRS-recognized tribes, and other organizations that conduct charitable activities. Applicants may not be private foundations as defined in Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. We ask that, if awarded, the leader commit a minimum of 20% effort to the ADI research activities. We believe that diverse perspectives are vital to science. We encourage researchers from across career stages, who are members of underrepresented groups, and/or who have followed less-traditional career paths to apply. 

Amount

$150,000

Amount Description

 Awards will be $1,500,000 for three years, at the rate of $500,000 per year. 

Funding Type

Award
Grant

Eligibility

Faculty
Junior Faculty
Minorities encouraged

Category

Medical
Medical - Basic Science

External Deadline

February 14, 2024