OSP FO# 11-247

AGENCY: The Ellison Medical Foundation

PROGRAM: 2012 New Scholar Awards in Aging

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to new investigators of outstanding promise in the basic biological sciences relevant to understanding lifespan development processes, age-related diseases, and disabilities. The award is intended to provide new faculty with support during the especially critical first three years of their independent research career.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: structural biology, molecular genetics, studies with model systems ranging from lower eukaryotes to humans, inquiries testing the relevance of simpler models to human aging, genetic epidemiology of aging, candidate longevity genes, aging in the immune system, host defense molecules in aging systems, mechanisms of free radical induced cell aging, mechanisms of aging in various differentiated cell populations, integrative physiology, gene/environment and gene/gene interactions, and new approaches to age-modulated disease mechanisms.

Nominees for the New Scholar Award are expected to have great promise as potential leaders of biomedical science with relevance to aging. The quality and relevance of the nominee’s publications and the importance to aging of the nominee’s proposed research will be significant factors in the evaluation process.

Please see the program announcement below for further program information.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: An institution may nominate two candidates for the New Scholar Award in Aging. These awards are intended for investigators who are in the first three (3) years of their research career following their post-doctoral fellowship experience. For the 2012 competition, nominees must hold regular full time appointments (tenure or non-tenure) on the faculty of the sponsoring institution by March 1, 2012; and they must not have been in such an appointment, at the sponsoring institution or other institution(s), for more than three years as of July 15, 2012, i.e. the appointment having been made no earlier than July 15, 2009. Time spent in clinical internships, post-doctoral training, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of the three-year limit.

The Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholars may hold one other similar award from a private source concurrently for up to one year. Conflicting career development or new faculty awards include, but are not limited to:
American Cancer Society – Research Scholar
American Diabetes Association – Career Development Award or Junior Faculty Award
American Federation for Aging Research – AFAR Research Grant
Arnold & Mary Beckman Foundation – Young Investigator Award
Brookdale Foundation – Brookdale Fellowship
Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Career Awards Medical Scientist
Dana Foundation – Brain & Immuno-Imaging (Conventional or Cellular) Award
Hartford Foundation/Amer. Geriatric Society – Jahnigen Career Development Scholar, Geriatric Health Outcome Scholar, or T.F. Williams Research Scholar
Hillblom Foundation – Hillblom Start-up Grant
Partnership for Cures/Goldman/Rockefeller Fund – Culpeper Medical Science Scholar
Pew Charitable Trust – PEW Scholar Award
Rosalind & Arthur Gilbert Foundation/AFAR – New Investigators Award in Alzheimer’s Disease
Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research – Kimmel Scholar Award
Whitehall Foundation – Grants-in-Aid.

New Scholar Awards will only be made for the full four-year term. If a conflicting award is accepted prior to the New Scholar Award, this must be resolved by either declining The Ellison Medical Foundation award or arranging to terminate the conflicting award within one year.

Internal BU Deadline: January 6, 2012
Agency Deadline: March 1, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: The New Scholar Award provides awards of up to $100,000 per year, total costs, for a four-year period for successful candidates. Funding for years two, three and four is contingent upon submission of an acceptable progress report. Acceptable uses for award funds include salary, other personnel, equipment, supplies, resource acquisition and travel. The scholar’s salary costs (including fringe benefits) may not exceed $20,000 per year. Carry-overs in excess of $25,000 must be approved by the Ellison Medical Foundation Scholars Program Office. Not more than 8% of the total award may be deducted for overhead costs. Up to 25 New Scholars will be selected in 2012.

Richard L. Sprott, Ph.D.
Executive Director
The Ellison Medical Foundation
4710 Bethesda Avenue
Suite 204
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-5226
Telephone: (301) 657-1830
Fax: (301) 657-1828
Web: http://www.ellisonfoundation.org/adsp.jsp?key=emf_applications

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: Each institution is permitted to nominate two individuals. Faculty wishing to be considered for nomination should provide the following proposal material to Executive Director Joan Kirkendall, Office of Sponsored Programs, 25 Buick Street, Boston, MA 02215, for internal review purposes:

1. A letter of recommendation from the appropriate Department Chair or Research Mentor, commenting on the nominee’s potential for scientific innovation and leadership.
2. A description of the proposed research (maximum length 4 pages) including a detailed explanation of the work’s relevance and importance to aging.
3. A list of related publications.
4. Budget and budget justification (two pages).
5. Nominee’s biographical sketch (NIH format).

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 Friday, January 6, 2012.

REMARKS: Nominated candidates will receive an email providing instructions and a password to access the application website. Applications must be completed online at: http://www.cybergrants.com/emf/new_scholar. Complete program guidelines 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.