Research and Innovation Office

Extramural Coordinated Funding

UM Submission Instructions: Searle Scholars Program 2024

Sponsor: Kinship Foundation
Award Title: Searle Scholars Program
Amount: $300,000
Grants are set at $300,000 for a three-year period with $100,000 payable in the first year and equal sums payable in the second and third years and are subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports.
UM Deadline: 07/23/2024
Sponsor Deadline: 09/30/2024
Description: The Searle Scholars 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. Applicants for the 2025 competition 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 May 1, 2023. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent).
Number of Applicants University is Allowed to submit: 2
Additional Requirements: Tenure track
Sponsor Guidelines:
UM Nominations Process: Those interested in applying should send the following preproposal materials as a single pdf document to no later than 4pm on 7/23:

1. Cover page including nominee's name, department, contact info, the year he/she received their PhD and date of first tenure track appointment, title and abstract of the project.
2. Abbreviated CV of nominee (3 pages)
3. Publication list. If nominated, you will be asked to provide the initial page of no more than five papers which you consider to provide evidence of your scientific abilities. Please asterisk those that you would include in your final Searle application. For any papers submitted, but not yet published, please include date of submission in your listing.
4. Research/program proposal (3 pages). Provide an overview of the specific areas of research you would like to carry out in your laboratory in the next few years. Please explain why the work is particularly novel and important. Figures and references need not be included in the character limit, but should be kept to a minimum. Searle proposals will be evaluated on potential for successful results, evidence of creativity, feasibility and clarity of thinking.
5. Letter of nomination from your department head/chair or director.
6. List of people you plan to solicit for reference letters. If selected, they would need to provide a letter for submission to Searle by the deadline of Sept 30th. In the past, Searle has requested three reference letters, please list at least three or up to five possible references.

Any questions can be sent to
Peer Review Coordination: Research and Innovation Office contact email
Status: Open
Please note: To be considered for peer review and internal selection, faculty must follow the above submission guidelines and meet the UM deadline as set by the office coordinating the peer review for this opportunity.

General Information

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  • Title/Guidelines: redirects you to sponsor specific information regarding the opportunity which may include description, eligibility, budget instructions, forms and other requirements
  • Amount: Maximum dollar amount awarded.
  • Add’l Req: Identifies special requirements such as cost sharing, partners, etc.
  • Sponsor Deadline: External deadline identified by the sponsor.
  • UM Submission Instructions: Contains specific internal submission requirements including internal proposal instructions, deadline, eligibility, internal nomination process, contact information.
  • # Apps: The maximum number of applications the sponsor will allow the university to submit.
  • UM Deadline: Submission deadline for internal proposal as determined by the coordinating office.
  • Status:
    • Open: UM deadline has not passed and the opportunity is open for application.
    • In Review: Peer review process is in progress for the opportunity.
    • PI Selected: The PI has been selected as the official UM nominee.
    • Closed: Sponsor deadline has passed and the opportunity is closed for application.
U of M Submission Instructions (Required)

This link includes summary sponsor information, specific instructions for internal submission and contact information for the university office coordinating the nomination process.

  • Follow the directions in the submission instructions and submit required materials by the UM deadline to the contact indicated.
  • Instructions vary according to the requirements of the sponsor and the university office coordinating the nomination process.
Registration (optional)

Registration is an optional but highly recommended feature. Perhaps you are looking for a wider audience for your proposal idea, or for potential collaborators to work with to create a stronger application. Registration allows applicants to share proposal ideas and post contact information.

Registration also provides information that helps the university office overseeing the nomination to determine the level of coordination needed and guide the review process.

To register (or view registrants), click on the UM Submission Instructions for a specific opportunity, then click on the Register Interest link.

Selection Process

  • Once the internal deadline has passed, the status will change to “In Review” and proposals will undergo review.
  • If there are multiple applicants, the office managing the nomination will determine the review criteria and coordinate the review process.
  • Once review has been completed all parties will be notified via email.
  • Nominees will be provided with a letter addressed to the sponsor from the RIO indicating that they are the university's nominee. This letter should accompany the nominee's proposal.
  • SPA is notified of the university's nominee(s) and the status is updated to “PI Selected”.

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