Vallee Scholars

Funding Agency:
Vallee Foundation

Recognizing that outstanding, early career, independent investigators are the source for future advances in the biomedical sciences and appreciating that flexible funding for basic research is needed, the Vallee Foundation will once again accept nominations for Vallee Scholar Awards. It is expected that Vallee Scholars will be engaged in bold and innovative research. During the grant period, the Vallee Scholar will be invited to two biennial Vallee Scholars Meetings and, in alternate years, to two Vallee Summer Symposia and will be asked to present his/her research on at least one of these occasions. The Foundation expects Vallee Scholars to make every effort to attend these scientific meetings and become members of the Vallee Foundation community. A list of previous Vallee Scholars can be found the Vallee Foundation website:

Duke may nominate ONE candidate.

  • Duke Internal Deadline:  Oct. 12, 2020
  • Nomination to sponsor: Dec. 1, 2020
  • Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2021


Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Basic biomedical sciences

Eligibility Requirements

This award is available to exceptional, early stage, independent investigators carrying out bold and innovative basic biomedical research, nominated by institutions that have been invited by the Vallee Foundation to submit a nomination. The Vallee Foundation Board of Directors determines the list of institutions that will be invited to submit candidates in any given year. Invitations will be sent directly to the selected institutions in November. Only one application can be submitted per institution.  The candidate must have received his/her PhD/MD or other professional degree within 10 years of the application deadline, and by the same date should have been in an independent research position (tenure track or equivalent) for 6 years or fewer. 



Amount Description

This award provides a one-time, career development award of $300,000 to exceptional, early stage, independent investigators carrying out basic biomedical research. These funds must be expended over a period of four years or less. (Under extenuating circumstances, a one-year extension of the award may be granted.) While relatively unrestricted, no more than 10% of the grant can be used for institutional indirect costs. Use of award funds for salary support of the applicant is not permitted. Salary for others, such as postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and research assistants is allowed, as are expenditures for supplies, equipment, research travel, and childcare while attending scientific conferences. Graduate student tuition payments cannot exceed $10,000 per year.

Funding Type


Duke Awardees

2016 - Yiyang Gong
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

2013 - David Tobin, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology


Junior Faculty


Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

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. Complete Curriculum Vitae. Include degree information, all positions held, research support (institutional and external), awards, and publications. Please include your tenure track appointment date.

2. Please provide a document that includes the following.

  • Project Summary or Abstract (max 1400 characters):
  • What are the most innovative and novel aspects of your proposed research (max 1400 characters)?
  • How would the Vallee Foundation funding make a difference to this research and how would it be specific from your current funding (max 1400 characters)?

3. Letter of support from the Dean or Department Chair describing the merit of the candidate and the research. Letters of support can be emailed directly to if they are to remain confidential.

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here:

Internal Deadline

October 12, 2020

External Deadline

December 1, 2020