October 20, 2016

Submissions being taken for Rita Allen Scholars

Vanderbilt-wide Limited Submission Opportunity

Rita Allen Foundation

Scholars Award


Vanderbilt (VU and VUMC collaboratively) is anticipating the opportunity to nominate one candidate for the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award Program for 2017. This award typically provides $550,000 over five years for young investigators involved in research in the cure and treatment of diseases in the fields of cancer, immunology and neuroscience. The foundation seeks candidates of extraordinary promise with recent appointments at the faculty level, and projects with above-average risk that break new ground and challenge the status quo. 


Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s potential nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu by 5 p.m. on Nov. 11. 


  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. 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 chooses the final nominee.

  • Once a nominee is selected, an institutional nominating official will partner with the nominee to submit an online Letter of Inquiry (LOI) by the Dec. 9 deadline. 
  • Once LOIs are approved by the Foundation, full proposals are due Jan. 20, 2017.

If you have any questions about the foundation or its interests and priorities, please contact one of the following:

  • For VU submissionsJessica Robinson, director, VU Foundation Relations
  • For VUMC submissions Adele White, director, VUMC Foundation Relations