2021 Searle Scholars Program

The Syracuse University Office of Research and the Office of Foundation Relations are pleased to announce the internal competition for Syracuse University’s nominations for the 2021 Searle Scholars Program. Applicants for the 2021 competition 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, 2019. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution. Syracuse University may select one applicant for this program.

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Sponsor Program Announcement: Link to Searle Scholars website
Number of Possible Internal Nominees: 1
Internal Submission Due Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020
Selection Notifications: Monday, August 17, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

A Limited Submission is a funding opportunity for which the sponsor sets an institutional limit for the number of proposals it will accept. In order to participate, Syracuse University must organize to submit our most competitive proposal(s). This requires an internal competition.

Synopsis of the Searle Scholars Program

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry 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.

Eligibility

Applicants for the 2021 competition 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, 2019. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.

Funding and award period

Grants are set at $300,000 for a three-year period. Awards are made to institutions for the support of the research programs of the Scholars. 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.

The proposal may overlap research for which other funds outside of the Searle Scholars Program are available or are being sought. Funds awarded by the Searle Scholars Program are not intended to replace grants or awards obtained from another funding source but may be used to supplement ongoing research.

Application Materials

Applicants must submit a 2-page research proposal and a summary CV. Full details of application requirements may be found on the Syracuse University Application Portal.

Limited Submission Selection Process

If the number of proposals submitted exceeds the number that the University can submit to the sponsor, peer review will be triggered. Under the peer review process, limited submission applications will be subject to review in several categories, including:

  • Potential for successful results
  • Evidence of creativity
  • Feasibility
  • Clarity of thought

The PIs of projects selected to move forward with full proposals will be notified by email on or before August 17, 2020. Per the sponsor restrictions, Syracuse University may submit one nomination.

Questions: Email LimitedSubmissions@syr.edu

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