David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowships for Science and Engineering

02/18/2014, 5:00 PM

All Deans, Department Heads and Chairs, and Faculty in the Colleges of Natural Science and Engineering,

David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowships for Science and Engineering


UMass Amherst has been invited to submit two proposals to this $875,000 opportunity. Packard decision making criteria will be used to select UMA’s two nominees. Only basic science applications will be competitive with Packard. Please do not submit applied science projects.

If interested in applying to this program, please email Michelle Wonsey mwonsey@research.umass.edu  a pre-proposal with the following items, in the order listed, in one word document by February 18

I.  A 2-page statement highlighting:
A) Why your research work is unique and important compared to others in your field,
B) An outline of your research goals/plan for the next five years,
C) The methodology that you will use,
D) Activities that you will conduct to attain your goals,
E) A sentence explaining generally how the funds would be used, noting the number of grad students who will be involved.

II.  A list of proposals in one paragraph with funder and amounts requested; please note if they are pending, rejected or received. 

III.  A list of any noteworthy awards, including Post Doc, that you have received that provide evidence that you are a “rising star.”

IV.  Three references - no two coming from the same institution, with the following additional information for each reference:
A) names and institutional affiliation,
B) noteworthy association memberships – NAS, NAE, Nobel prizes are especially desirable,
C) other relevant awards, accomplishments and information that give evidence that the reference is widely known and held in high esteem in their field of research. 

  1. The quality of the references is a very important Packard criterion!
  2. It is preferable to include one reference from a California institution, as most Packard board members and reviewers are based in CA. If you know that your reference is or knows a Packard Board member or reviewer, that should also be noted.

V. Full Curriculum Vitae  


Program Description:

In 2012, 50 institutions were invited to submit nominees and 16 awards were made.

Packard Fellows must be eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering, and must be within the first three years of their faculty careers. Eligible disciplines: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, mathematics, ocean science, physics and all branches of engineering

Fellows are encouraged to think big and look at complex issues with a fresh perspective. This Program provides support for unusually creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award. The Foundation emphasizes support for innovative individual research that involves the Fellows, their students, and junior colleagues, rather than extensions or components of large-scale, ongoing research programs. Applicants who have won a significant peer reviewed grant award and/or who have references from well recognized leaders in their field will be more competitive. 

For more details please go to the Fellowship Guidelines at http://www.packard.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/2012-Packard-Fellowship-Guidelines.pdf.

Sponsor Deadlines:
Nominations due to Packard – March 14, 2014
Applications due – April 21, 2014