Limited Submission Award Opportunities

The funding opportunities listed on this site either require an institutional nomination or have a sponsor-imposed limit on the number of applications that may be submitted per institution. The Baylor College of Medicine Faculty Committee on Awards oversees the institutional nomination process. For more information on an award or to apply as BCM’s nominee for one of these awards, please click on the award link. If you have questions about an award or about the application process, please contact the Office of Research at

NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5) (Reissue of RFA-RM-19-008): Open (Deadline: 08/01/2020 23:59)

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Sponsor name National Institutes of Health - Office of the NIH Director, Office of Strategic Coordination
Sponsor deadline 09/04/2020 17:00
Abstract The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program accelerates the entry of exceptional junior investigators (within 15 months after or 12 months before receiving their terminal research degree or completing postgraduate clinical training) into positions of independent research by omitting the traditional postdoctoral training period. The review places a strong emphasis on the qualities of the investigator and the environment provided by the host institution.
Specific limitation Eligibility Requirements: • Receipt date for terminal research degree or completion of clinical residency must occur between June 1, 2019 and September 30, 2021 • Must receive a PhD, MD, DO, DC, DDS, DVM, OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, DrPH, DNSc, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), PharmD, DSW, PsyD, or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution (it is the responsibility of the sponsoring institution to determine if a foreign doctoral degree is equivalent) by time of appointment to the grantee institution • Must be in a non-independent research position at the time of application submission • Must commit at least 9.6 person-months each year during the first 2 years to the award project, followed by 9.6 person-months each year towards independent research in general • Must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow for more than 12 months following a previous doctoral degree Awards: $250,000 direct costs per year for up to five years
Internal application requirements Submit the following: 1. NIH Biosketch in the most current format 2. 1-2 page Research Summary of the proposed project 3. Letter of Nomination (self-nominations not permitted)

2021 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program: Open (Deadline: 08/04/2020 17:00)

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Sponsor name Rita Allen Foundation
Sponsor deadline 09/09/2020 22:59
Abstract Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program provides grants to leading medical research institutions selected by the Rita Allen Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee and confirmed by the Rita Allen Foundation Board of Directors. The Scholars Program (invitation only) supports research scientists in the early stages of their careers. Fields of research are cancer, immunology, and neuroscience. Individuals chosen will be designated "Rita Allen Foundation Scholars" and receive support of up to $110,000 annually for up to five (5) years.
Specific limitation • Candidates should be independent investigators in the early stages of their careers and research. • The caliber of early-stage investigators suggests nominees would be appointed to tenure track positions at their respective institutions. • It is preferable that candidates be in the first three (3) years of their tenure track. (This is taken into consideration in the rating of applications by the Scientific Advisory Committee.) • Candidates must have received committed start-up funds from their respective institutions. • Candidates must have lab space from their institutions. • A senior post-doc should not be a candidate; wait until s/he has tenure track as described. • Associate professors should not be candidates. • Candidates nominated in previous years should not be re-nominated.
Internal application requirements To submit a nomination as Baylor's candidate, please upload the following documents by 5:00 PM CST on August 4 via the portal: 1. Letter of nomination (self-nominations not permitted) 2. Candidate’s current NIH biosketch 3. Summary of the research project (2-page maximum)

2021 Searle Scholars Program: Closed (Deadline: 06/30/2020 17:00)

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Sponsor name Kinship Foundation
Sponsor deadline 09/30/2020 17:00
Abstract The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic 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 set at $300,000 for a three-year period with $100,000 payable in the first year and equal sums payable in the second and third years and are subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports.
Specific limitation Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2019. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution. BCM may submit two nominations for this award.
Internal application requirements If you would like to submit a nomination as one of BCM's candidates for this award, please submit the following: 1. 1-2 page Research Summary of the proposed project 2. Letter of Nomination (self-nominations not permitted, letters not required for Chairs, Section Chiefs, or Center Directors) 3. NIH Biosketch in the most current format

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