Fund Details
Searle Scholars 2022 Program
Award Duration
Three years
Maximum Award Amount
Sponsor Name
Searle Scholars Program
Nominations Available to Institution
Sponsor Deadline


The Searle Scholars program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their first appointment at the Assistant Professor level as part of a tenure track appointment. Grants are for a three year period for a total of $300,000/ $100,000 each year.

In anticipation of an invitation from the Searle Scholars program, the Cambridge Campus of Harvard University and the Harvard Chan School of Public Health may be invited to nominate a total of three proposals to this opportunity. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will facilitate the internal process by which proposals will be selected.

Applicants from Harvard Medical School must apply through the process facilitated by HMS's Foundation Funds Program

Applicants to the Searle Scholars Program 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.

This program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research, but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components.

Application Information:

Eligible applicants are asked to submit the following (this information will appear again within the electronic application)

  • A proposal of not more than two (2) pages, 10 point font minimum, related graphics and/or references may be placed on consecutive blank pages after the written proposal
  • A current CV, two (2) pages, max
  • Please do not use the NIH Biosketch, or any other template format from an external funding source
  • In determining which information to present in your CV, please consider this specific funding opportunity, and which of your experiences and honors are most applicable and will present the most qualified and compelling profile in the context of this funding source
  • A letter of recommendation from a Department Chair or Center Director

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be recently appointed Assistant Professors (appointed on, or after, July 1, 2020) in the fields of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology and related areas in chemistry, medicine and the biological sciences

Additional Information, Related Websites, and Proxy Instructions:

This competition is enabled for Proxy applicants. Before beginning an application, Proxies will be asked to locate their Principal Investigator in HUFP. If your PI is not registered in HUFP, please ask them to create their profile using their HarvardKey. Proxies should never "Add User" in HUFP.

Additional information is available on the Searle Scholars website

Applicants with questions should contact the Research Administration office at the school where they hold a primary appointment

Search Filters:

  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM)
    • Assistant Professor
      Type of Competition
      • Limited Submission
          Type of Award
          • Early Career
            Begin Accepting Applications Date:
            Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
            7/26/2021 11:59 PM