Research Management Group (RMG)

Rita Allen Foundation
Scholars Program

**$550,000 limited submission funding opportunity-only one application is permitted. The School of Medicine will facilitate the university-wide internal selection process. Stanford assistant professors with UTL or MCL faculty appointments within the first three years of their appointment (as of Jan, 22, 2016) from any school involved in basic biomedical research in the fields of cancer, neuroscience and immunology are eligible. Candidates must provide persuasive evidence of distinguished achievement or extraordinary promise in research in one of the relevant fields.**

The internal selection process for 2015 has been completed. This webpage is for your reference only. Another announcement will be distributed in the fall of 2016.

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

Internal deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, 5 p.m. (see the internal submission guidelines below)
Institutional Nomination deadline via "Letter of intent": Dec. 11, 2015 via Fluxx
Full Application deadline: Jan. 22, 2016 via proposal central

Note—please read the Stanford eligibility clarification below-additional clarification obtained from the sponsor.


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 young leaders and their research, the foundation aims to advance transformative ideas in their earliest stages and leverage them to promote breakthrough solutions. They have historically sought research projects with above-average risk that break new ground and challenge the status quo.


Internal submission guidelines

By Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, 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

(No budgets or electronic/online PDRF forms are required for this internal selection process. You do not need to involve your institutional representative in RMG or OSR for this process.)

a) Title page
Name of this RFA: Rita Allen Foundation Research Scholars Program Award
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.)

b) 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 confirm that the candidate shows promise of becoming leaders in the research in the cure and treatment of diseases in the fields of cancer, immunology and neuroscience and "persuasive evidence of distinguished achievement or extraordinary promise in research in one of the relevant fields". (i.e., "Provide an assessment of the candidate")

b) 4 page research proposal (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.

c) NIH Biosketch

d) 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 Dec. 11, 2015. The sponsor's full application deadline is Jan. 22, 2016.

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