Searle Scholars Program 2017, USA

Publish Date: May 17, 2017

Deadline: Jul 01, 2017

Searle Scholars Program

The Searle Scholars Program is a limited submission award program which makes grants to selected academic and research institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Generally, the program makes 15 new grants annually.

Appeal to Participate

Institutions which are not currently invited to participate in our program may send a one to two-page letter of appeal requesting inclusion in our competition. This letter should be signed by an appropriate institutional official and addressed to the following:
Scientific Advisory Board
Searle Scholars Program
225 West Washington Street, 28th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
These requests are considered once a year, generally in February and must arrive in our office by February 1 for consideration in the next competition. Information to include in the letter: contact information including an email address for response to the appeal, an overview of the institution, especially its biomedical and chemistry research departments, and any significant plans for expansion of research faculty, addition of new facilities or other enhancements for the research community. In reviewing an appeal, information available on departmental web sites will also be explored.


The Searle Scholars Program Scientific Advisory Board is primarily interested in the potential of applicants to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time.

Applicants for the 2018 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2018 ) are 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.

Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2016. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.

Institutions which do not have tenure-track appointments should consult with the scientific director of the Program regarding eligibility of selected applicants PRIOR to nominating such individuals.

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.

Applicants who were nominated for awards in the previous competition year but were not awarded may still meet the eligibility criteria for the current competition. Institutions should consult with the scientific director of the Program regarding renomination of such individuals.

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