2021 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The Office of Research and the Office of Foundation Relations are pleased to announce the internal competition for Syracuse University’s nomination of one Assistant Professor for the 2021 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. The Pew scholars program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for a four-year period. Candidates must hold a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine, or a related field; hold a full-time appointment at the rank of assistant professor; and must not have been appointed as an assistant professor at any institution prior to June 15, 2017.

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Pew Program Announcement: Link to external program announcement
Number of Internal Nominees: 1
Internal Submission Due Date: April 29, 2020, 5:00 PM
Selection Notifications: May 15, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: September 10, 2020

The Pew scholars program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for a four-year period. Candidates must hold a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine, or a related field; hold a full-time appointment at the rank of assistant professor; and must not have been appointed as an assistant professor at any institution prior to June 15, 2017.

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. This program does not fund clinical trials research. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and pioneering approaches to basic, translational, and applied biomedical research. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles but who bring in concepts and theories from more diverse fields are encouraged to apply.

Ideas with the potential to produce an unusually high impact are encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates by Pew will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards, and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the Pew National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

Interested applicants should submit pre-proposal materials—including a research project summary, curriculum vitae, and a letter of support from your department chair—to this Syracuse University competition. Applications will be reviewed an internal selection committee for consideration.

The nomination from Syracuse University will be submitted by the selection committee to Pew by May 18, 2020. The Pew program office will email grant application portal login information and a detailed application guide directly to all nominated applicants by June 15, 2020. The Pew submission deadline will be September 10, 2020.

Full details on the award program may be found at the Pew web site.

Eligibility

Candidates must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Hold a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine, or a related field.
  • As of Sept. 10, 2020, hold a full-time appointment at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as research assistant professor, adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting professor, or instructor are not eligible).
  • Must not have been appointed as an assistant professor at any institution prior to June 15, 2017, whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, in work toward board certification, or on parental leave does not count as part of this three-year limit.
  • May apply to the program a maximum of two times. All applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2021 online application.
  • If applicants have appointments at more than one eligible nominating institution or affiliate, they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different nominating entity.
  • May not be nominated for the Pew Scholars Program and the Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research in the same year.

Funding and award period

An award of $75,000 per year for four years will be provided to Syracuse University for use by the scholar, subject to annual review of the scholar’s progress. Grant agreements will be issued in August of the award year. The awarded funds may be used at the discretion of the Pew scholar, for personnel, equipment, supplies, or travel directly related to the scholar’s research and as to best advance his or her research and career. Detailed award terms may be found on the Pew web site.

Application Materials

Applicants must submit a 2-page research proposal and a summary CV. Once your application is submitted, a request for a letter of recommendation will be routed to your department chair and will be due 1 day after the application deadline. Please make your department chair aware of this requirement in advance of your application submission.

Full details of application requirements may be found on the Syracuse University Application Portal.

Limited Submission Selection Process

If more than one application is received for this program, peer review will be triggered. Merit review criteria include:

  • Scientific/technical merit
  • Creative and pioneering approach to basic, translational, and/or applied biomedical research
  • Applicant’s performance and demonstration of outstanding promise as a contributor in science relevant to human health
  • Notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards, and publications

Applications will be reviewed by an internal Syracuse University selection committee for nomination to the sponsor.

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