The Searle Scholars Program is a limited submission award program which makes grants to selected academic and research institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Generally, the program makes 15 new grants annually.

Appeal to Participate

Institutions which are not currently invited to participate in our program may send a one to two-page letter of appeal requesting inclusion in our competition. This letter should be signed by an appropriate institutional official and addressed to the following:

Scientific Advisory Board  
Searle Scholars Program  
P.O. Box 1707  
Madison, Wisconsin 53701 

These requests are considered once a year, and must arrive in our office by February 1 for consideration in the next competition. Information that should be included in the letter:

  • Contact information, including an email address for response to the appeal
  • An overview of the institution, especially its biomedical and chemistry research departments
  • Any significant plans for expansion of research faculty, addition of new facilities or other enhancements for the research community

In reviewing an appeal, information available on departmental web sites will also be explored.