The Pew Charitable Trusts

Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

NOTE:  The deadline and guidelines posted below are based on the 2014 Pew Scholars Program and will be updated when the 2015 guidelines are released by the foundation.  Please feel free to contact Cheryl Ridgeway ( in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development with questions.

Program Summary

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.


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. 
Award Information
An award of $60,000 per year will be provided to the sponsoring institution for use by the Scholar over the four-year period, subject to annual review of the Scholar’s progress.
Applicants with committed awards from the Searle Scholars Program, Rita Allen Scholars, Burroughs-Wellcome Career Awards, Beckman Young Investigators Program, Ellison New Scholar Award, Keck Foundation, Damon-Runyon Early Career award, and the Kimmel Scholars Award that overlap for the first two years of the Pew Scholarship would not be eligible. Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew Scholars Program.
It is expected that Pew Scholars will spend at least 80% of their time in work related to the accomplishment of their overall research goals.  However, Pew provides flexible support to the overall research aims of the Scholar and does not monitor or restrict percentage of effort or time of Pew Scholars.
Internal Selection Procedure
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor’s selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
1.    A two page CV;
2.    A description of the proposed research.  It should have the following elements:
  3.    A letter of support from the Department Chair/DEO (Pew Scholars are required to devote 80% of their time to the proposed research activities; therefore, it is critical that the Department Chair/DEO support the candidate's application.)

The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.  The selected nominee information will be forwarded to the foundation by the July 14, 2014, deadline.  The nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's Monday, November 3, 2014, deadline. (NOTE: the July and November deadlines may change when the 2015 Pew guidelines are released.)

Proposal Due to OVPRED03/11/2014 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF07/07/2014
Date Due to Sponsor07/14/2014
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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