Searle Scholars Program

Funding Agency:
Kinship Foundation

The Searle Scholars Program has again invited Duke University to nominate two faculty members for its annual competition. This award is designed to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the fields of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.

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. The current grant level is $300,000 for a three-year period. Normally, the program makes 15 new grants each year.

Submissions are restricted to selected candidates from invited institutions only and are not open to individuals who have not been selected by their institution to participate in the competition. The list of invited institutions can be found on the Participating Institutions page. Individuals from Duke University who are considering submitting applications should follow the directions for internal submission listed at the bottom of the page.

Deadlines: 

  • Duke Internal: July 13, 2023
  • Applications: September 29, 2023

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

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. http://www.searlescholars.net/go.php?id=6

 

Eligibility Requirements

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 2024 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2024) 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 May 1, 2022 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. 

Amount

$300,000

Amount Description

Grants are normally $300,000 for a three-year period, with $100,000 payable in the first year and equal sums payable in the second and third years; funding for the second and third years will be contingent upon the submission of acceptable progress reports. Normally, 15 new awards will be made annually.

Funding Type

Award

Duke Awardees

2018
Kate Meyer
Biochemistry

2015
Lawrence David
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

2013
Brenton Hoffman
Biomedical Engineering

2012
David M. Tobin
Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

1995 - Daniel J. Lew, Ph.D.

1994 - Lorena S. Beese, Ph.D.

1989 - William H. Kane, M.D., Ph.D.

1984 - Pate Skene, Ph.D.

1982 - Russel E. Kaufman, M.D.

Eligibility

Junior Faculty

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

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 via the upload feature on the ORS website.

* Project summary 1 - 2 pages including references
* CV or Biosketch - Please include publications and funding

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)  https://www.grantinterface.com/sl/JD4Gwn

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials: https://ctsi.duke.edu/about-myresearchproposal

 

Internal Deadline

July 13, 2023

External Deadline

September 29, 2023