Office of Research

Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences 2015

OR internal deadline: 6/19/14

UW nomination due to sponsor: 7/15/14

Full submission due to sponsor: 11/3/14


The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level. A directory of previous awards is here:

Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
  • As of November 1, 2014, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor.
  • On July 1, 2014, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 1, 2011), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2015 online application.
  • If an applicant’s university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may only apply from one institution; they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different one.


Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches.  Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply.  Risk-taking is encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.


Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew Scholars Program.

Application Instructions

Please submit:

  1. A two to three‐page letter of intent with a list of proposed references and statement from the nominee that describes their most significant research contribution to date and proposed research plan.


The Pew Trust defines the references as: List of the three chosen individuals that will provide recommendation letters for the applicant [before 11/3/14]:

Reference from the Applicant’s Graduate School Advisor

For candidates who hold a degree other than a Ph.D., this may be a letter of reference from a member of the professional/medical school faculty where the applicant studied.

Reference from Applicant’s Postdoctoral Advisor

For candidates who hold a degree other than a Ph.D., this may be a letter of reference from a member of the applicant’s clinical or fellowship training program.

Scientific reference from an individual in the Applicant’s field

The selected author of this letter should be familiar with the Applicant’s work, but not a current collaborator, not at the same institution and not a former fellowship advisor of the Applicant.


2. A Biosketch of the nominee.

3. A letter of support from the Dean or Chair. 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.


to by 5:00 PM Thursday, June 19, 2014. The UW nomination is due to the sponsor on 7/15/14. Full submissions are due to the sponsor on 11/3/14, if given the go ahead by the Proposal Review Committee.

Opportunity Details

Program web page

Program Announcement No.


06/19/2014 UW Internal Deadline Closed
06/19/2014 OSP Deadline
07/15/2014 Sponsor Deadline

Pew Charitable Trusts

Funding amount


Maximum Number of Applications


Eligible groups
  • All campus

Inquiries and Contact Information

Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact their Chairperson, Associate Dean for Research (or Dean, if no ADR) and the Office of Research (see below) if they intend to prepare a response. Failure to do so, or to meet the deadlines for submission of pre-proposal, will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

For general inquiries, or to request a listing of a limited submission opportunity that should be but is not already listed, please email us at