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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Searle Scholars Program 2017

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 08, 2016
Subject:Searle Scholars Program 2017


Deadline for Internal Review:July 15, 2016

Project Description

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.

The 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.


Applicants for awards which will be activated on July 1, 2017 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.

Candidates should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2015. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent).

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:
Please include the following information:

-Cover sheet
-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 Searle Scholars Program by September 30, 2016.