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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Searle Scholars Program 2016

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:June 10, 2015
Subject:Searle Scholars Program 2016


Deadline for Internal Review:July 15, 2015

Project Description

*Due to the discontinuance of the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Program and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigators Program decision to no longer limit the number of applications an institution may submit, there will not be a Fall 2015 Institutional Nomination & Internal Competition (INIC).


The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Candidates should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2014. Applicants for awards which will be activated on July 1, 2016 will be 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.
The Searle Scholars Program selection committee is primarily interested in the potential of the applicant to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time.
Amount per Award: $300,000
Duration of Award: 3 Years
Number of Awards: 15 new grants annually


UW–Madison may nominate 2 candidates.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

• Cover sheet that includes the applicant’s departmental affiliation, full contact information and the applicant’s appointment begin date.
• CV or Biosketch including publications and current/pending support (3 pages )
• Most significant research to date (1 page)
• General research description and statement of research goals (3-4 pages)
• One letter of support from the department chair, thesis/postdoc adviser or other recommender is strongly encouraged.

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to the sponsor by September 30, 2015.