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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program 2023

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:July 19, 2022
Subject:Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program 2023


Deadline for Internal Review:August 16, 2022

Project Description

This opportunity is now closed and has been replaced by Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program 2024

The Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program supports research scientists in the early stages of their careers and funds basic biomedical research in the fields of cancer, immunology, and neuroscience. The Rita Allen Foundation aims to advance transformative ideas and leverage them to promote breakthrough solutions. The program embraces innovative research with above-average risk and groundbreaking possibilities.


To be eligible for a Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award candidates must:
Be nominated by a selected institution
Have completed their training and provided persuasive evidence of distinguished achievement or extraordinary promise in research in one of the relevant fields
Be in the early stages of their careers; most likely, this will mean a recent appointment at a faculty level

Rita Allen Foundation Scholars may not accept an award from the Beckman Young Investigator Program, Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences, Searle Scholars Program, or Vallee Scholars Program that would take effect beginning in year one of the RAF award. Rita Allen Scholars may apply for awards from these organizations that would take effect beginning in year two of the RAF award. Other sources of funding also may influence selection.

Additional information on eligibility can be found in the 2023 Grant Guidelines and FAQs.

Amount per award: $110,000 annually
Duration of award: 5 Years
Number of awards: 5 awarded in 2022

UW–Madison may nominate 1 candidate


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, please email a single PDF to
Please include the following information:

  • Cover Sheet, with name, contact information, and title of the project
  • Letter of Support from Chair or Center Director (no more than 2 pages, using the candidate assessment in the 2023 FAQs as guidance)
  • CV
  • Research project summary of no more than 4 pages providing a description of how the proposed project meets the goals of the solicitation

Sponsor Deadlines

Nominations are due to Rita Allen Foundation by September 09, 2022. Applications are due to Rita Allen Foundation by October 21, 2022.