Research and Innovation Office

Extramural Coordinated Funding

UM Submission Instructions: Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences 2024

Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew),Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew)
Award Title: Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Amount: $300,000
The current grant level is $300,000; $75,000 per year for a four-year period.
UM Deadline: 05/01/2024
Sponsor Deadline: 09/05/2024
Description: The Pew Scholars Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program is open to candidates with a doctorate in biomedical sciences or medicine. As of September 5, 2024, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor (Appointments such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible.). Candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than four years (not appointed before June 10, 2020), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this four-year limit.

Please note: the name of the official UMN applicant will be sent to Pew by their deadline of May 15, 2024, the online application website will open June 10, 2024, and the final submission deadline is September 5, 2024.
Number of Applicants University is Allowed to submit: 1
Additional Requirements: New faculty
Sponsor Guidelines:
UM Nominations Process: To be considered for nomination, please submit the following pre-proposal materials as a single pdf document to no later than 4pm on 5/1:

1. Cover page including nominee's name, Department & contact information, abstract of the proposed research.
2. Self-Assessment & Project Description (2-3 pages): Include a brief description of applicant's most significant research contribution to date. Provide a brief synopsis of the proposed research highlighting its particularly creative and risk-taking aspects. Include a statement of how the receipt of the Pew Scholarship would benefit the applicant and why the applicant’s research is personally significant to them.
3. Curriculum Vitae of nominee.
4. If the applicant is chosen to move forward, Pew would require three letters of reference from 1) Graduate School Advisor 2) Postdoctoral Advisor 3) Scientific reference from an individual in the Applicant's field. This referee should be familiar with the applicant's work, but not a current collaborator, not at the same institution and not a former fellowship advisor of the applicant. Please list these three referees including their name, University affiliation, discipline.

Contact Research Advancement at with questions.
Peer Review Coordination: Research and Innovation Office contact email
Status: PI Selected. Maria Nieves-Colon, Anthropology, is the official UM nominee.
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

  • Each posting has information about the external sponsor and opportunity as well as the internal application instructions.
  • Opportunities can be sorted by column headings; just click on the heading to re-sort by that column.
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Column Descriptions

  • Sponsor: redirects you to the sponsor's main website
  • 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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