The mission of the Foundation is to support early stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease.
1. The funds are designed to provide faculty members who hold M.D. and/or Ph.D. degrees, and are in their fifth to eighth year of a tenure-track position, with support to move the project forward to the point where R01 or other independent funding can be obtained.
2. The Scholar Award provides $100,000 per year for a period of four years. Each year thirty institutions are invited to nominate two candidates. Four finalists will be invited to come to St. Louis for an interview with the Trustees. Travel expenses will be paid by the Foundation. One to two Scholar Awards are granted each year. Institutions are selected based on their history of quality grant applications and award selection. The respective research grants offices of the invited institutions are notified by us in October and applications are due the following January 15th. Unfortunately, we will not consider Scholar Award candidates from institutions outside our invitation rotation.
3. Proposals must contain an adequately detailed description of the project to be clearly understandable by the scientific members of the Trustees. They need not be in the detail requested by the NIH for R01 grants and should not exceed five pages in length. Additional material can be submitted, but the five page application should contain the essential information. The five page limit is only in regards to the project description. References should also be included to support the proposal.
4. A one-two page lay summary must be provided as part of the proposal. Applicants should bear in mind that our Board includes non-scientist members, making this summary of particular importance.
5. In addition to the institution providing recognition of an internal selection process to select the candidate (this requires just a sentence that may be included in the letters), the proposal must be accompanied by letters of approval by the Dean of the medical school and/or another senior faculty member or members who can represent the support of the institution and who are acquainted with the qualifications of the applicant and the potential impact of his/her work. An updated C.V. and bibliography must accompany the application.
6. Proposals must contain an adequate budget with a breakdown as to how the funds will be used. It is important to justify how the funds to be received will be used to advance the unique problem under study in a way that cannot be done with existing funds. In addition, the proposal must detail the levels of support of any grants already available or pending.
7. The Foundation will not fund overhead. Grants will be made and restricted to domestic institutions.
8. Funding for years 2, 3 and 4 of Scholar Award is contingent upon approval of a yearly progress report by the applicant submitted via e-mail. These are generally one page summaries of the work in progress. Failure to submit progress reports jeopardizes subsequent funding.
9. A grant is made on the assumption that the recipient will use the funds for the purposes indicated in the applications and in the same institution. If the recipient moves to another institution during the term of the grant, payments may or may not be continued, depending upon reconsideration by the Trustees of the Foundation upon receipt of a written request and justification for transfer of funds.
10. Unexpended funds will be returned to the Foundation at the end of the year for which a grant has been made, unless an extension is requested, justified and approved by the Trustees in writing.
11. Proposals should be submitted via e-mail as a single PDF file to the attention of Becki Blankenship at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit a two-page letter of intent with a list of all anticipated investigators, description of proposed aims and approach, Biosketch of the PI, and a letter of support from the Dean or Chair to email@example.com by 5:00 PM Thursday, November 21, 2013. This letter of support signifies that the Dean or Chair have ensured that the nominee and application are likely to be of sufficient quality to be competitive nationally. Full proposals are due to the sponsor on 1/15/14, so you will need to have your materials in to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 1/8/14 for processing, if given the go ahead by the Proposal Review Committee.