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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering 2016

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Physical Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:November 25, 2015
Subject:Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering 2016


Deadline for Internal Review:December 30, 2015

Project Description

This Opportunity is part of the Institutional Nominations and Internal Competitions Spring 2016 review.

The program was established to encourage the nation’s most promising young professors to pursue science and engineering research with few funding restrictions and limited paperwork requirements. The Foundation has a long-standing interest in strengthening both university-based research and graduate education.
The intent of the Fellowship Program is to provide support for unusually creative researchers early in their careers. It is further the intent of the Foundation to emphasize support for innovative individual research that involves the Fellows, their students, and junior colleagues.

Amount per Award: $875,000
Duration of Award: 5 Years


Candidates must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering.  Candidates must be faculty members in the first three years of their faculty careers, that is, whose initial faculty appointments began no earlier than May 31, 2013, and no later than May 31, 2016.

Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. Candidates engaged in research in the social sciences will not be considered.

The Fellowship Program provides support for highly creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award. Packard Fellows are inquisitive, passionate scientists and engineers who take a creative approach to their research, dare to think big, and follow new ideas wherever they lead. 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.

UW-Madison is allowed to submit 2 nominations

Packard Fellows 2016 Guidelines



Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

• Cover Sheet-full contact information, Dept., Appointment Date, Visa Status
• A Letter of Nomination from Department Chair/Center Director, highlighting the Nominee’s achievements, and the basis for selection (3 pages max)
• A description of the Nominee’s most significant research accomplishments (1 page max)
• A summary description of the Nominee’s research as an independent faculty member, and a description of research plans (6 pages max)
• A CV including a list of publications in which independent contributions and undergraduate coauthors are clearly identified. Research support should be indicated. (5 pages max)

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to The David & Lucille Packard Foundation by March 16, 2016.