Fund Details
Searle Scholars Program, Spring 2022
Award Amount
$100,000 per year for up to three years
Sponsor Name
Searle Scholars Program
Nominations Available to Institution


The Searle Scholars Program is intended to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment.  The goal of this program is to support researchers with the potential to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time.

Application Information:

Please fill out the online form and attach the following documents as a single PDF:
  1. Nominating letter signed by your department or division head.
  2. A summary of your proposed research project (Limit 3 pages)
  3. CV or NIH Biosketch (limit 10 pages)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants for the 2023 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2023 ) 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, 2021. 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.
  • The Searle Scholars Program does not place any restrictions on funding from other sources of support. The Searle Scholars award is meant to supplement other funding an investigator receives.

Review Criteria:

The HMS Foundation Funds Committee advises department heads, mentors, and candidates to be particularly aware of the committee's selection criteria when making nominations:
  • A technically feasible research proposal
  • Applicants with the potential to successfully carry out the research described in the proposal
  • Relevance of the proposal to the mission of the foundation award
  • Career trajectory
  • Letter of support and institutional commitment to the applicant
  • Publications
  • Current funding

Additional Information, Related Websites, and Proxy Instructions:

NOTE:  HMS faculty at the affiliated hospitals must apply through the Foundation Funds program
No part of this award may be allocated for indirect costs.

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Clare Lamont at

Search Filters:

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital Boston
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Harvard Medical School (Quad)
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM)
  • Schepens Eye Research Institute
    • Assistant Professor
      Type of Competition
      • Limited Submission
        • Basic Science
          Type of Award
          • Early Career
            Begin Accepting Applications Date:
            Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
            3/28/2022 11:30 PM