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Searle Scholar Program

Searle Scholar Program

(Limited Submissions)

NOI: July 11, 2013; Pre-proposal: July 18, 2013
MUSC is eligible to submit one proposal.

Program Overview: The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their first appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is a tenure-track position. The Program was established at The Chicago Community Trust in 1980 and has been administered by Kinship Foundation since 1996. The Program is funded from the estates of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Searle. Mr. Searle was the grandson of the founder of the worldwide pharmaceutical company, G.D. Searle & Company. It was Mr. Searle's wish that certain funds be used to support "...research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences." Before making a decision to apply, please carefully review the Searle Scholar’s Program website at

Eligibility: Applicants for year 2015 awards will be 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.

Candidates should have begun their first appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2013. The appointment must be a tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.

Internal Review Process:

1.By July 11, 2014, MUSC candidates who meet the qualifications and plan to submit a Notice of Intent for the internal selection process should send an email to Wanda Hutto ( or to Helen Snow, Associate Dean of Corporate, Foundation & Organization Research ( with Searle Scholar Program in the subject line.

2.By July 18, 2014, College of Medicine prospective candidates should submit the following pre-proposal information via email to: Helen Snow ( All other MUSC prospective candidates should submit via email to Wanda Hutto (

The pre-proposal should contain:
a.Abstract (250 words): Summarize the proposal research and its significance.
b.Department Chair’s Statement: Describe the applicant’s teaching responsibilities and provide brief comments on the department’s commitment to the applicant. (Separate form for full application).
c.Biosketch/Curriculum Vitae: Include an up-to-date biosketch in NIH format.
d.Research Proposal: The research proposal, including references, figures, tables and legends, is limited to three pages of single spaced, 11-point type and should outline concisely (1) the aim(s) of the proposed research project(s), (2) the significance of the research goals, (3) the plan of research proposed and the experimental designs, strategies and methods to be used in the conduct of the research. Where applicable include, (4) biostatistical methods used for design and analysis.

A peer review panel will review the internal applications and make recommendations. The Interim Associate Provost for Research will determine the final selection in conjunction with the Associate Dean of Corporate, Foundation & Organization Research. Questions may be addressed to Wanda Hutto ( or Helen Snow (


Notice of Intent by e-mail (nonbinding)
Friday, July 11, 2014

Pre-proposal due
Friday, July 18, 2014

Notification of Candidate Selection
Friday August 15, 2014

Complete Application Due to the Sponsor
Friday, September 26, 2014

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