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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering 2017

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:October 25, 2016
Subject:Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering 2017


Deadline for Internal Review:December 05, 2016

Project Description

This Opportunity is part of the Institutional Nominations and Internal Competitions Spring 2017 review.

This announcement is based the 2016 Program Guidelines

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, 2014, and no later than May 31, 2017.

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


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

Please include the following information:

  • Cover Sheet-full contact information, Dept., Appointment Date
  • CV describing:
    Educational background
    Professional positions held
    Honors and awards
    Current external research support
  • Recommendation from the nominee’s department head – which should describe first­ hand knowledge of the nominee’s ability to do creative research. Nominees with joint appointments may submit a single letter signed by both department heads. Emphasis in this letter should be given to information not available in other letters of recommendation.
  • Research Statement – should describe why the research is important and outline the general goals for the next five years. The statement should also indicate, in general, how funds will be used.  The research statement is limited to two pages of text. If there are relevant figures, images or references, please include these separately on a third page.


Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to The David and Lucile Packard Foundation by March 15, 2017.