OSP FO# 12-038

AGENCY: The Pew Charitable Trusts

PROGRAM: Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

OBJECTIVES: The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.

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

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Boston University may make only one nomination for this award. Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total.

The Program is open to individuals with a doctorate in medicine or biomedical sciences. As of November 1, 2012, candidates must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or equivalent. On July 1, 2013, 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.

Applicants with committed awards from the Searle Scholars Program, Rita Allen Scholars, Burroughs-Wellcome Career Awards, Beckman Young Investigators Program, Ellison New Scholar Award, Keck Foundation, Damon-Runyon Early Career award, and the Kimmel Scholars Award that overlap for the first two years of the Pew Scholarship would not be eligible. Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew Scholars Program.

BU Internal Deadline: September 10, 2012
Application Deadline: November 1, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: In 2013, Pew will name 22 Pew Scholars. An award of $60,000 per year will be provided to the sponsoring institution for use by the Scholar over the four-year period, subject to annual review of the Scholar’s progress. The funds may be used, at the discretion of the Pew Scholar, for personnel, equipment, supplies, or travel directly related to the Scholar’s research as to best advance their research and career. Not more than $10,000 of the annual award may be used for the Scholar’s salary (including benefits). Not more than 8% of the total award may be allocated for overhead costs. 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: Each institution is permitted to nominate one individual. Faculty wishing to be considered for nomination should forward: (1) a letter of recommendation from the appropriate Department Chair or Research Mentor, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) a brief description of your research to OSP Executive Director Joan Kirkendall, Office of Sponsored Programs, 25 Buick Street, Boston, MA 02215. 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 10, 2012.

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.