July 13, 2017

VUMC Limited Submission Opportunity: Searle Scholars Program deadline extended

Vanderbilt University Medical Center may nominate two candidates for the Searle Scholars Program for 2018, which supports the independent research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their first appointments as tenure-track assistant professors. Each year, 15 new individuals are named Searle Scholars. Grants are currently set at $100,000 per year for three years.

Applicants 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. Candidates should have begun their first tenure-track appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2016. The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components.

Eligible faculty who are interested in being considered for nomination by VUMC* must submit the following (in PDF format) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu  by 5 p.m. Monday, July 17: 

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

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email.

Once received, all proposals will be forwarded to an internal review committee that will choose the final nominees. The chosen nominees will submit full proposals to the foundation by its Sept. 29 deadline.

If you have any questions about the sponsor or its interests and priorities, please contact Megan Smallwood (megan.smallwood@vanderbilt.edu), program manager, VUMC Office of Research (615-875-7529).

*VU faculty, please contact Hilda McMackin, PhD, in the office of the Vice Provost for Research regarding VU eligibility and process.