Kinship Foundation Searle Scholars Program Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary

The Searle Scholars Program 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. 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 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.

Deadlines

CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MT August 1, 2019

Sponsor Application Deadline: September 27, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Proposal (2 pages)
  • CV
  • Letter of Recommendation from Chair, Director, or Dean

To access the online application, visit: https://colorado.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/6379

Eligibility

Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2018. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution. 

Applicants for the 2020 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2020 ) 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 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. 

Limited Submission Guidelines

In the past, CU Boulder has been invited to nominate two individuals to apply. We expect the same this cycle.

Award Information and Duration

Award Amount: $300,000

Number of Awards: 15

Award Term: 3 years

Up to 25% of an individual's calendar year salary may be charged to the grant, together with appropriate fringe benefits. Individuals on academic year appointments may charge 25% of the academic year salary and one month of summer salary (at the monthly rate for the academic year) when the academic year is ten months or two months when the academic year is nine months. However, in no case may the total salary plus benefits charged for the Scholar exceed $25,000 in one year. Scholars shall have the maximum discretion in the budgeting and re-budgeting of funds to meet their research needs. However, the following limitations will apply:  

  1. Foreign travel requires prior approval of the Scientific Director of the Searle Scholars Program;
  2. Total annual expenditures for equipment which exceed the approved budget, submitted at the time of being awarded, by more than $3,000 require prior approval from the Scientific Director of the Searle Scholars Program;
  3. Funds provided under this grant may not be used to pay for costs associated with general facilities or administrative overhead, such as costs of providing space, utilities, library facilities, and administrative services.