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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Searle Scholars Program 2020

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:May 28, 2019
Subject:Searle Scholars Program 2020


Deadline for Internal Review:July 31, 2019

Project Description

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic and research 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 Searle Scholars Program Scientific Advisory Board is primarily interested in the potential of applicants 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 awards annually


Applicants for the 2020 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2020 ) are 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.

Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2018. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent).

Applicants who were nominated for awards in the previous competition year but were not awarded may still meet the eligibility criteria for the current competition.

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 page
  • 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

Applications are due to Searle Scholars Program by September 27, 2019.