Kinship Foundation Searle Scholars Program

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 universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.

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.

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 are encouraged to examine the research interests of present and former Searle Scholars on this website.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MT August 8, 2022

Sponsor Application Deadline: September 30, 2022

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Proposal Summary (3 pages maximum): Please include the following elements: 1) specific areas of research you would like to conduct in your lab over the next few years and explain why the work is novel and important; 2) facilities available to conduct research; and 3) other sources of support (awarded and pending).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Recommendation: The letter should be from a chair, director, or dean and attest to the candidate’s qualifications and the department’s commitment to the candidate’s research.
  • Budget Overview (1 page maximum): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit:


Applicants for the 2022 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2022) 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 July 1, 2020. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution. 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

CU Boulder has been invited to nominate two individuals.

Award Information and Duration

Award Amount: $300,000

Award Term: 3 years

Number of Awards: 15

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