Limited Submission Opportunity: Kinship Foundation Searle Scholars Program 2025



The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position at a participating academic or research institution.

The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components. Potential applicants who are unsure if their research is appropriate for our Program are encouraged to examine the research interests of present and former Searle Scholars on this website.

The Searle Scholars Program supports high risk, high reward research across a broad range of scientific disciplines. Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant. The Searle Scholars Program is funded through the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust and administered by Kinship Foundation.


$100,000 per year for three years ($300,000 total). For information about use of funds, please see the program’s award information section.


Applicants for the 2025 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2025) are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.

Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after May 1, 2023. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent).

Applicants who were nominated for awards in the previous competition year but were not awarded may still meet the eligibility criteria for the current competition.


Interested investigators should submit the following materials via InfoReady Review by DATE: 7/12/2024

  • Questions outlined in InfoReady Review application;
  • Letter of recommendation from the appropriate Department Chair or a senior researcher;
  • A brief (two-page) statement by the candidate describing their significant scientific work and immediate research plans;
  • Up-to-date CV;
  • Budget summary.

A faculty committee drawn from both campuses will review internal proposals and select nominees. Foundation Relations will work with the nominees to develop and submit the institutional nomination letter and applicant materials by 9/30/2024.

Internal Materials Due: Friday, July 12, 2024
Sponsor Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2024, 5 p.m. CT

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