OSP FO# 11-173

AGENCY: The Pew Charitable Trusts

PROGRAM: Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

OBJECTIVES: The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences supports young investigators of outstanding promise in basic and clinical sciences relevant to the advancement of human health. The award is intended to provide funding for junior members of the faculty as they establish their laboratories. Candidates should, on the basis of performance during education and training, have outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will demonstrate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Risk-taking is encouraged.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Boston University may make only one nomination for this award.

The program is open to individuals with a doctorate in medicine or biomedical sciences. As of November 1, 2011, candidates must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or equivalent at one of the invited sponsoring institutions. On July 1, 2012, they must not have been in such an appointment for more than three years, whether or not such appointments were on a tenure track. This time may have been spent at more than one institution. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit. Institutions are encouraged to nominate individuals who do not already have significant funding support. Applications from individuals who are supported by similar private foundation awards in excess of $50,000 will not be accepted. Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from nonprofit associations such as the American Cancer Society do not pose a conflict with the Pew Scholars Program and will not affect a candidate’s eligibility.

BU Internal Deadline: September 5, 2011
Pew Charitable Trust Deadline: November 1, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: In 2012, Pew will name 22 Pew Scholars. An award of $60,000 per year will be provided to sponsoring institutions for use by the scholar over a four-year period. The funds may be used, at the discretion of the scholar, for personnel, equipment, supplies, or travel directly related to the scholar’s research. Not more than $10,000 of the annual award may be used for the scholar’s salary and benefits. Indirect costs should be limited to 8% of the total award over the life of the grant. During the four-year scholarship term, program participants are required to attend an annual meeting held in March.

Anita Pepper, Program Manager
Pew Charitable Trusts
2005 Market Street, Suite 1700
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7077
Telephone: (215) 531-8135
Fax: (215) 575-4888
E-mail: apepper@pewtrusts.org
Web: http://www.pewtrusts.org/our_work_category.aspx?id=194

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 work the nominee proposes to undertake (maximum length 3 pages). Strong proposals should demonstrate particularly creative and innovative approaches;
3. nominee’s curriculum vitae.

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, September 5, 2011.

REMARKS: The selected nominee will contact the Pew Scholars program office to obtain the user ID and password required to access the application on the program website. Instructions for submitting the online application will be made available at that time.

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.