Research Management Group (RMG)

Rita Allen Foundation
2019 Scholars Program

**$550,000 limited submission funding opportunity-only one application is permitted so a university-wide internal selection process is required. Stanford assistant professors with UTL, MCL, NTLR faculty appointments from any school who are within the first three years of their appointment (as of Sept. 15, 2018) are who are involved in basic biomedical research in fields of cancer, immunology and neuroscience are eligible. Candidates must provide persuasive evidence of distinguished achievement or extraordinary promise in research in one of the relevant fields. See eligibility and guidelines below**


The 2018 internal selection process has been completed. This webpage is for your reference only.

# of applicants: 1
Stanford has been invited to submit one application.

Internal deadline: Tuesday, Aug. 21 2018, 5 p.m. (see the internal submission guidelines below)
Institutional Nomination deadline via "Letter of intent":  Wed. September 12, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ETvia FLUXX
For the applicant selected to represent Stanford:
Institutional representative (RPM/RMG or CGO/OSR) deadline: Oct. 17, 2018
Full Application deadline: Wed, October 24, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Finalist interviews – New York City: February 28, 2019
Grant awards announced April 2019

Download the 2019 program guidelines
Download the 2019 sponsor's FAQs


Amount of funding:
$110,000 direct costs/yr for up to 5 years. The grant is to be used entirely for direct project expenses, including up to 50% of the grant may be used for the Scholar's compensation. They do not support institutional overhead.

Each year the foundation provides us with the following expanded eligibility criteria provided by their Board of Directors:

The Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award will fund candidates who show promise of becoming leaders in research in the cure and treatment of diseases in the fields of cancer, immunology, and neuroscience.

By investing in early-career biomedical scholars and their research, we aim to advance transformative ideas and leverage them to promote breakthrough solutions. We seek research projects with above-average risk that challenge the status quo. While other organizations may avoid such exposure, we view pioneering efforts as opportunities for the greatest success.



By Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, 5 p.m., please send one PDF file containing the following in the order listed below via email attachment to:

Jeanne Heschele
Research Management Group

File name:   Last name_Rita_Allen.pdf

Institutional representative: not applicable. You do not have to send your proposal to your RPM/RMG or your CGO/OSR for his/her approval. You can it directly to Jeanne.

1) Title page
Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program
Title of your proposal:
Disease focus (choose one): cancer, immunology or neuroscience
PI name, title, department,
phone number,
email address
(Note: this title page provides an overview of information for the review committee members. Please do not include an introductory letter or memo on this page-thank you.)

2) Nomination letter printed on your department letterhead and addressed to Dr. Peter Sarnow and the School of Medicine Awards Committee and signed by your division chief or your department chair. This letter must:

3) Research proposal- 4 pages including references and illustrations (this is the sponsor's requirement as well)
Single-spaced, Aria or Helvetica Font size at least size 11, half-inch margins.

4) Nominee's NIH Biosketch

5) Other Support- include pending and current funding [list sponsor, term and amount of funding for the year and for the entire term]

Selection process:
Your proposals will be reviewed by the School of Medicine Awards Committee members. The committee will select the applicant to represent the university.   The institution will submit your nomination via a "Letter of intent" by Sept. 12, 2018. The sponsor's full application deadline is Oct. 24, 2018.

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