Research Management Group (RMG)

The Searle Scholars Program

Limited Funding Opportunity for Stanford assistant professors with MCL or UTL appointments who are pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.

# of applicants permitted: 3 (internal selection process required--see internal submission requirements below).

Internal Deadline for all Schools (see contact list below*): Monday, July 14, 2014, 4 p.m. (see internal submission guidelines)
Submission of each school's top three nominees to the Dean of Research Office: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Sponsor deadline: Sept. 26, 2014
Award start date:  July 1, 2015

*School Contacts
Faculty will submit their internal proposals, per the internal submission guidelines at the end of this message, to their school's respective contact person:

Sponsor's website:

Amount of funding $100,000/year x 3 years ($300,000 total)
15 to be awarded.


The Searle Scholars Program does not place any restrictions on funding from other sources. The Searle Scholars award is meant to supplement other funding an investigator receives.

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding young scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment (see Stanford eligibility clarification** above).

Please see the sponsor's website for previous award recipients.   Click on the recipient's name to view a separate website containing information on his or her research.


Internal submission guidelines for all Schools:

By Monday, July 14, 2014, 4 p.m., each faculty member should submit one PDF file containing the following in the order listed below to their respective school's representative:

File name: Last name_Searle_2014.pdf

A budget and a PDRF form are NOT required for the internal selection process. You do not need to submit your internal proposal through your institutional representative.

a) Title Page
Searle Scholars Program
Your Project Title:
Your name, appointment, department, contact information (address, phone, email)

b) Nomination/recommendation letter printed on department letterhead signed by either your division chief or your department chair
Letter should also include: the date (month/day/year) that appointment was formally approved by the Provost Office**(your first appointment should have been on or after July 1, 2013); the type of appointment (i.e., MCL or UTL); the percentage of time the candidate can devote to his/her laboratory research.

Each nomination letter should be addressed as follows (according to your respective school):

c) Research proposal of not more than 4 pages, describing in detail, what part of the research would be supported with Searle funds. What is described can be unique and not funded elsewhere, or it may be a component of on-going research. Funds awarded by the Program are not intended to replace monies obtained from another funding agency but may be used to supplement on-going research.
PLEASE NOTE: illustrations and literary references are not included in the 4-page limit. Note: illustrations can be imbedded into the proposal as long as the text does not exceed 4 pages.
Format: Proposal documents should be single-spaced, single-sided, font at least size 11, Arial or Helvetica, margins 1/2 inch.

d) NIH biosketch

e) List of current and pending funding (include the name of the sponsor, amount of funding, and term)

Selection Process

Each school will forward their top three proposals to the Dean of Research Office internal review committee by July 29th in care of Jeanne Heschele. That committee will select the three applicants to represent the university by the sponsor's Sept. 26, 2014 deadline.


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