Research Funding

Searles Scholar Program

The University of Nebraska has been invited to select one candidate to apply for the 2020 Searle Scholars Program Competition.  The Program awards funding for research related to medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences.  This is a limited submission award program which makes grants to selected academic and research institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Generally, the program makes 15 new grants annually.

Internal Deadline:  Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Information regarding the program may be found at:

Applicants for the 2020 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2020 ) 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 July 1, 2018. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent).  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.

Detailed eligibility information may be found at:  Searle Scholars

Last year’s Searle Scholars Program awardees may be found at: Searle Scholars 2019 Awardees

Individuals who were nominated for awards last year but were not awarded still may meet the eligibility for criteria for the 2019 competition.  If you wish to nominate such an individual, please notify Dr. David Jackson in the Provost’s Office, and he will contact Searle’s scientific director to discuss the situation.

The Searle Program provided a sample application form in order to get an advanced view of the questions that will appear in the online application (download here).  NOTE: This is NOT the actual application form.

Those who are eligible and wish to apply should plan to submit their current CVs and answers to the following questions using the format requested on the draft application form.  The UNMC applicants should be submit their draft to Deborah Hawkins in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research by email no later than 5:00 PM, Wednesday, August 14st.

  • Contact & Abstract (pages 5-7 of PDF):
    • Name
    • Campus address, phone number, and email (instead of “Institution Where Award will be Held”)
    • Title of Proposed Research
    • Major Areas of Doctoral and (if applicable) Post-Doctoral Research
  • Application (pages 9-10)
    • Dissertation:  List the title of doctoral dissertation and provide brief summary and its importance to its field of study
    • Post-Doctoral Research:  Provide brief summary of post-doctoral research, telling its importance to its field of study (if applicable)
  • Application (pages 14-15)
    • Research: Anticipated Activities during Award Period (percent effort out of 100)
    • Research Program
    • Research Proposal
  • Application (page 16)
    • Career Goals

Each institution will forward to the Provost’s Office up to three candidates for consideration no later than August 16, 2019, based on their internal selection process.  The Provost’s Office then will submit the NU nominee through Searle’s online application system.  Once nominated, the NU applicant will receive an email with instructions to access the online system; once notified, the applicant will be able to refine his/her application materials with the assistance of campus proposal/award support staff.

The NU nominee should plan to submit his/her application online so that it is received prior to the September 27th deadline.  A copy of the nominee’s submitted materials also should be forwarded to the Provost’s Office.

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