March 21, 2017

VUMC Limited Submission Opportunity: Takeda Innovators in Science Award

VUMC has been invited to nominate up to two candidates for the 2017 Takeda Innovators in Science Award. Sponsored by the Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and administered by the New York Academy of Sciences, this award was established in November 2016 and recognizes a promising Early Career Scientist and an outstanding Senior Scientist’s contributions to science in the therapeutic areas of Neuroscience, Gastroenterology, Regenerative Medicine and Oncology; and is intended to support their commitment to innovative research. Two prizes of $200,000 are awarded each year, in a specific therapeutic area, one to an Early Career Scientist and the other to a well-established Senior Scientist from across the globe who have distinguished themselves for the creative thinking and impact of their research.

Eligibility of the Early-Career Scientist

The nominee must:

  • Have been engaged in active research for a length of time of 10 years or less since gaining their doctorate degree or equivalent.
  • Hold a doctorate degree (Ph.D., D.Phil., M.D., DDS, DVM, etc.).
  • Currently hold a junior level Post-doctoral or Faculty position at an invited academic, government, or non-profit institution or equivalent.
  • Have made impactful research contributions and show exceptional promise for significant future achievement in the Award field.

Eligibility of the Senior Scientist

The nominee must:

  • Have been engaged in active research for a length of time of 15 years or longer since gaining their doctorate degree or equivalent.
  • Hold a doctorate degree (Ph.D., D.Phil., M.D., DDS, DVM, etc.).
  • Currently hold a senior level Faculty position at an invited academic, government, or non-profit institution or equivalent.
  • Have made multiple, extensive, and impactful research contributions to advance the Award field.

Anyone interested in being considered as a VUMC nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 27. 

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

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email. Applicants are encouraged to review full details on the foundation website.

Once received, all proposals will be forwarded to an internal review committee that will choose the final nominee. The chosen nominee will submit a full proposal to the Foundation in April.

If you have any questions about the foundation or its interests and priorities, please contact Megan Smallwood, program manager, VUMC Office of Research.