06/04/2014, 5:00 PM



Program Description:

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level. The award provides $240,000 in flexible support—$60,000 per year for a four-year period. The University of Massachusetts, Amherst has once again been invited to submit a proposal - only one nominee per institution is allowed. We have had recent successful applicants. If you are interested in submitting to this program, please send the following to Michelle Wonsey by June 04, 2014:

•                     A 1-2 page synopsis of your proposed research. In the heading, please include: full name, position title, department, month and year of appointment as assistant professor, and whether you have been the campus nominee previously and submitted an application to Pew (if so, what year), and title of the proposal.

•                     Please include: 1) a statement of why the research is important; 2) a brief description of your most significant research contribution to date, focusing on its creative and risk-taking elements; 3) the aims of your research, including the hypothesis and methods; and 4) your long term goals for the proposed research. Studying past recipients and the website will enable tailoring your synopsis to this funder.

•                     A 4 page CV including: 1) Education, 2) Employment, 3) Memberships/Honors/Other experience, 4) Peer Reviewed Publications, and 5) awarded research support.

Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply.  Risk-taking is encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew Scholars Program.

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If you have technical questions on the Pew Scholars Program or your eligibility, please contact Linda Sopp , Foundation Relations.



  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences or medicine.
  • As of November 1, 2014, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor.
  • On July 1, 2014, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 1, 2011), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track.
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2015 online application.

Sponsor Deadline:

November 3, 2014