The 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. Grants to Scholars support research scientists in the early stages of their careers. Fields of research we embrace are analgesics, cancer, immunology and neuroscience.
Individuals chosen will be designated Rita Allen Foundation Scholars and the affiliated institution will receive financial support from the Rita Allen Foundation.
- The Rita Allen Foundation Scholars program supports basic biomedical research in the fields of cancer, neuroscience and immunology. There also is currently a joint award, which is sponsored by the Rita Allen Foundation and the American Pain Society, for Scholars in Pain Research. More information on the Scholars in Pain Research can be found at: americanpainsociety.org/about-aps/awards/rita-allen-foundation-award-in-pain.html
- Scholars can receive up to $110,000 per year for a maximum of five years. Scholars in Pain Research can be granted $50,000 per year for up to three years.
- Scholar grant funds may only be used for direct project expenses including up to 50% of the Scholar’s compensation.
- The Rita Allen Foundation Scholars program has eliminated direct references to “tenure” in our guidelines. Nonetheless, the following should be considered by an eligible institution when submitting a nomination:
- Candidates should be considered independent investigators in the early stages of their careers-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 years of their tenure track. (This is taken into consideration in the rating of applications by the Scientific Advisory Committee.)
- A senior post-doc should not be a candidate, but wait until s/he has tenure track as described.
- Associate professors should not be candidates.
- Candidates must have received committed start-up funds from their respective institutions.
- Candidates must have lab space from their institutions.
- Applicants with committed awards that overlap the first two years of the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program from the Beckman Young Investigator Program, Ellison New Scholar Award, Kimmel Scholar Award, Pew Scholars Program in Biomedical Sciences, and Searle Scholars Program are not eligible. Other sources of funding may influence selection.
- Nominating institutions should consider the highly competitive nature of the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars program and submit their strongest nominee for consideration.
- The Rita Allen Foundation does request eligible institutions share with us a description of the process they follow to nominate candidates, as well as a paragraph explaining the tenure track or the equivalent at the institution.
- Further questions regarding the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars program should be directed to the appropriate contacts that are responsible for the internal nominating process within the eligible institution.