OSP FO# 13-021

AGENCY: Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

PROGRAM: Beckman Young Investigators Program

URL: http://www.beckman-foundation.com/byi-new2.html#

OBJECTIVES: The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) 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. Grants will fund research that promises significant scientific advances and represents innovative and as yet unfunded departures in research rather than extensions or expansions of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines, or that fosters the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science, is particularly encouraged.

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


  • Applicants should hold tenure-track or other comparable independent research appointments in academic and non-profit institutions that conduct fundamental research in the chemical and life sciences.
  • Applicants should not have completed more than three 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 application. Persons who have applied for permanent residency but have not received their government documentation by the time of application are not eligible.

FUNDING INFORMATION: In the range of $750,000 over up to four years, 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.


Internal Deadline (see below): September 23, 2013 at 5 PM

Letter of Intent: must be submitted to foundation prior to September 30, 2013 at 5 PM PST, in THREE forms: online, as a pdf email attachment, and hard copy.

Full proposals: if invited, due in February 2014.

INTERNAL PROCESS: While there is no limit on the number of faculty members from a single institution that may submit letters of inquiry, no more than one candidate from any one institution or its affiliates will be selected for the award in any funding cycle, and all applications require the endorsement of the candidate’s Dean and the Provost. Candidates should send completed LOI materials, signed by their respective deans, to Director of Foundation Relations Michael Dettelbach (mdettelb@bu.edu) by 5 pm Monday, September 23. Michael will then send the materials to the Provost’s office for endorsement and return the digitally signed materials to the PI’s for printing and submission by the deadline, Monday, September 30.

Please contact Michael Dettelbach (617-358-2501 or mdettelb@bu.edu) with any questions regarding this process.