November 15, 2012

University-wide limited submission opportunity: The Ellison Medical Foundation 2013 New Scholar Award in Aging

Vanderbilt University may nominate two candidates for the 2013 New Scholar Award in Aging. This four-year, $400,000 award is for young investigators in the basic biological sciences studying lifespan development processes and age-related diseases and disabilities.

Awards are intended for investigators who are in the first three years of their research career following their post‐doctoral fellowship. Nominees must hold regular full-time appointments (tenure or non-tenure) by March 1, 2013, and must have been in such an appointment at any institution no earlier than July 15, 2010. Time spent in clinical internships, post‐doctoral training, residencies or in work toward board certification does not count as part of the three‐year limit.

The Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholars may hold one other career development award from a private source concurrently for up to one year. The limitation is with regard to overlap of funding type, even in the absences of scientific overlap.

Anyone interested in being considered as one of Vanderbilt’s nominees must submit the following (in PDF format) to by 5 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2013:

1. Brief (two-page maximum) research plan including summary budget;
2. Brief statement of support from department chair/center director ;
3. A brief CV or NIH Biosketch

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email. All applicants should verify their eligibility in advance through the foundation website.

Once received, all proposals will be forwarded to an internal review committee that will choose the final nominees. The chosen nominees will submit a full proposal to the Foundation by its Feb. 28, 2013, deadline.

If you have any questions about the Foundation or its interests and priorities, please contact Ashley Brady, Ph.D. (, associate director, Foundation Relations (343-4217).