OSP FO# 11-151

AGENCY: Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

PROGRAM: Beckman Young Investigators Program

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to promote the research of the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. Projects should represent innovative departures in research rather than extensions or expansions of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. Proposals that open up new avenues of research in chemistry and the life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments and materials will be given additional consideration.

The program is intended to provide funding to individuals with minimal or no external or internal funding from parent or other organizations.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: No more than one candidate may apply from any one institution, or its affiliates. To be eligible, an applicant should not have completed more than five full years in his or her tenure-track or other comparable independent research appointment. No individual may apply for a Beckman Young Investigator award more than three times. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of their application. Proposals that already have substantial funding will not be considered for the BYI award.

DEADLINES:
BU Internal Deadline: August 8, 2011
Letter of Intent Deadline: October 3, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants are generally in the range of $750,000 over the term of the project, contingent upon demonstrated progress following the first two years of the award. The Foundation does not provide funds for overhead or indirect costs.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
100 Academy Drive
Irvine, CA 92617
Telephone: (949) 721-2222
FAX: (949) 721-2225
Email: k.williams@beckman-foundation.com
Web: http://www.beckman-foundation.com/BYIguides_new.html

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: Faculty wishing to be considered for nomination should provide the following proposal material to OSP-CRC Director Joan Kirkendall, Office of Sponsored Programs, 25 Buick Street, Boston, MA 02215, for internal review purposes:

1. letter of recommendation from the appropriate Department Chair or Research Mentor, highlighting the nominee’s achievements and the basis for selection;
2. description of the nominee’s proposed research project (maximum length 3 pages); including the rationale for the proposed work, its potential importance, and the approach to be taken;
3. nominee’s biographical sketch (2 pages).

Nomination material will be collected and forwarded to the Office of the Vice President for Research for final selection. All nomination material should be received by Monday, August 8, 2011.

REMARKS: Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.