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Posted: 7/11/2024

Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award (for Cancer, Immunology and Neuroscience Young Investigators)

The Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program provides grants to leading biomedical research institutions selected by the Rita Allen Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee and within parameters defined by the Rita Allen Foundation Board of Directors. The Scholars Program supports research scientists in the early stages of their careers. Fields of research are cancer, immunology and neuroscience. The Rita Allen Foundation reviews grant proposals by invitation only.

Individuals chosen will be designated Rita Allen Foundation Scholars and the affiliated institution will receive financial support from the Rita Allen Foundation of up to $110,000 annually, for a period of up to five years. 

Rita Allen Foundation Scholars are distinguished by their bold approaches to basic scientific questions that address problems of global concern, as well as their potential for learning, leadership and collaboration.

Duke University School of Medicine has been invited to submit one nomination (1). Please note that the agency website listed below does not provide detailed information regarding this invitation.  A detailed description and application instructions will be provided to the nominee once selected. 

Historically, the Rita Allen Foundation has sought research projects with above-average risk that break new ground an challenge the status quo.  While other organizations may shy away from such exposure, Rita Allen Foundation views pioneering efforts as opportunities for the greatest success. 


  • Duke Internal: Aug. 4, 2024
  • Letter of Inquiry Due: September 4, 2024 
  • Full Application Due: October 16, 2024 
Areas of Interest

Candidates will show promise of becoming leaders in research in the cure and treatment of diseases in the fields of cancer, immunology and neuroscience.


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award candidates must:
• Be nominated by a selected institution
• Have completed their training and provided persuasive evidence of distinguished achievement or
extraordinary promise in research in one of the relevant fields
• Be in the early stages of their careers; most likely, this will mean a recent appointment at a faculty level

Amount Description

Scholars can receive up to $110,000 per year for a maximum of five years.

Rita Allen Foundation Scholars may not accept an award from the Beckman Young Investigator Program, Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences, Searle Scholars Program or Vallee Scholars Program that would take effect beginning in year one of the RAF award. Rita Allen Scholars may apply for awards from these organizations that would take effect beginning in year two of the RAF award. Other sources of funding also may influence selection.

Duke Awardees

2013 Michael Boyce - Biochemistry

2017 Kate Meyer - Biochemistry


Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

  1. A letter of support from dean/chair - This should include an assessment of the candidate that can be used for the LOI.
  2. Project summary (no more than 4 pages including references and supporting materials);
  3. An explanation of how this proposal differs from or relates to the candidate’s other supported projects
  4. A detailed curriculum vitae, including the candidate’s address and telephone numbers;
  5. Details of past, current and pending support from other funding sources, both public and non-­‐ public, and the candidate’s role (PI or co-­‐PI); on current projects, provide what percentage of time the candidate is devoting to each

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN):

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials:

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