OSP FO# 12-028

AGENCY: Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

PROGRAM: Beckman Young Investigators Program

OBJECTIVES: This program is intended to provide research support to 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 show promise for contributing to significant advances in the research fields of interest to the Foundation. They 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.

Please see the link to the program announcement below for further details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: The BYI program is open to persons with tenure-track appointments in academic and non-profit institutions that conduct fundamental research in the chemical and life sciences. No more than one candidate from any one institution, or its affiliates, will be selected for the BYI award in any particular funding cycle.

Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application. Persons who have applied for permanent residency but have not received their government documentation by the time of application are not eligible.

To be eligible, an applicant should not have completed more than three full years in his or her tenure-track or other comparable independent research appointment. Regardless of eligibility under this rule, no individual may apply for a Beckman Young Investigator award more than three times.

BU Internal Deadline: August 6, 2012
Letter of Intent (required): October 1, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants may be 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 BYI program is intended to provide funding to individuals with minimal or no external or internal funding from parent or other organizations. Proposals that have substantial funding will not be considered for the BYI award.

The Foundation does not provide for overhead or for indirect costs.

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
100 Academy
Irvine, CA 92617
Phone: 949-721-2222
Fax: 949-721-2225
E-mail: k.williams@beckman-foundation.com
Web: http://www.beckman-foundation.com/byi.html

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: Faculty wishing to be considered for nomination should provide the following proposal material to OSP Executive 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 6, 2012.

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.