2025 Searle Scholars Program

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Program Description

UCI has the opportunity to nominate two candidates for the 2025 Searle Scholars Program, which recognizes outstanding new faculty with the potential to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.

The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research, but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components. Potential applicants who are unsure if their research is appropriate for this program are encouraged to examine the research interests of present and former Searle Scholars. A list of the members of the Advisory Council for Searle Scholars is found here.

To be eligible, the candidate’s first appointment to an assistant professor, tenure-track position must have begun on or after May 1, 2023.

In the past, the sponsor has awarded fifteen grants annually, each paying $300,000 over three years. Funding is designed to allow the recipient a high level of discretion in spending, including the allocation of monies for academic and summer salary (up to $25K annually) and equipment purchases.

 Internal Review Process

UCI may nominate only two candidates; therefore, interested applicants are asked to submit a preliminary application to the Office of Research by Thursday, June 20, 2024 (via the UCI Review system) with the following information:

    • Research Abstract (2 pages), which describes the proposed research and its significance to the candidate’s field
    • List of 2-3 publications, each followed by a brief description of why the research is important and how it impacted the candidate’s field (One page total. Please note: A similar requirement of up to 5 publications is requested in the final application packet to Searle)
    • Candidate’s NSF or NIH biosketch (or CV up to three pages)
    • List of three potential references (graduate advisor, postdoctoral advisor, and one additional) with 2-3 sentences describing why this person would be a strong reference for the candidate.

If necessary, an ad hoc committee will convene to review the preliminary proposals. The selected candidates will be notified well before Searle’s September 30, 2024, deadline for full proposals.

More information about the Searle Scholars Program can be found at: https://www.searlescholars.net/competition/award-information.

If you have questions regarding the Searle Scholars Program, please contact Dr. Marianne Smith in Corporate Foundation Relations (mrsmith1@uci.edu), and questions regarding the internal competition review process can be directed to Dr. Mike Gallo in the Office of Research (magallo@uci.edu).

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