2015 Searle Scholars Program

06/20/2014, 5:00 PM

Nominations for 2015 Searle Scholars Program


The University of Massachusetts system has been invited to submit one proposal for the program. Since this will be drawn from the entire University of Massachusetts system (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell, Worcester has been invited to submit separately) the President’s Office will choose the final nominee. If you are interested please send me the following in ONE PDF no later than June 20th:

·         1-2 page research proposal summary. Put name, title, department and research project title on each page.

o   Explain why your proposal is bold. Searle likes projects that are unlikely to be funded by NIH because 1) the investigator is young and the goals are too ambitious, 2) the project is too novel, 3) there is no preliminary data or it is something that has been tried and others have failed at it.

o   Explain how your research will have a huge impact if successful.

o   What is your past record – explain briefly how/why you are a “rising star.” If possible, show how you made a big impact in the lab where you worked as a post doc. Did you transform your mentor's program?

o   Searle (and the internal reviewers) are looking for the best ideas articulated well.

o   Assess the advisory boards’ expertise and submit projects that border their expertise.

·         CV


Program Description:

The Searle Scholars Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position at a participating academic or research institution. Today, 155 institutions are invited to participate in the Program.

The Program was established at The Chicago Community Trust in 1980 and has been administered by Kinship Foundation since 1996. The Program is funded from the estates of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Searle. Mr. Searle was the grandson of the founder of the world-wide pharmaceutical company, G.D. Searle & Company. It was Mr. Searle's wish that certain funds be used to support "...research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences."


Applicants for awards which will be activated on July 1, 2015 will be 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.

Candidates should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2013. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.

The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components. Potential applicants who are unsure if their research is appropriate for our Program are encouraged to examine the research interests of present and former Searle Scholars on this website.