2020 Searle Scholars Program

Case Western Reserve University is invited to submit applications for the 2020 Searle Scholar Program competition.


The Searle Scholars Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position at a participating academic or research institution. Today, 163 institutions are invited to participate in the Program.


The Program was established at The Chicago Community Trust in 1980 and has been administered by Kinship Foundation since 1996. The Program is funded from the estates of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Searle. Mr. Searle was the grandson of the founder of the worldwide pharmaceutical company, G.D. Searle & Company. It was Mr. Searle's wish that certain funds be used to support "...research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences."


Generally, 15 new individuals are named Searle Scholars each year. Awards are currently set at $100,000 per year for three years. Since its inception, approximately 600 Scholars have been named and over $130 million has been awarded.

Number of Applications
Amount of Funding

$300,000 ($100,000 per year for 3 years)


  • Applicants for the 2020 competition (for awards that will be activated on July 1, 2020) will be expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.
  • Candidates should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2018. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.
  • 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 our Program are encouraged to examine the research interests of present and former Searle Scholars on their website.
  • Applicants are NOT required to be U.S. citizens.
  • There are NO restrictions on other sources of funding.

Submission Process


Internal deadline for submission of a letter of intent, including the PI, department, project title, and an abstract of proposed research not to exceed one page, double-spaced, no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 18, 2019. Please also provide an NIH-style biosketch for the PI. The foundation is interested in the potential of applicants to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time. The foundation does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components.

Materials should be consolidated into a single PDF attachment to an email sent to Stephanie Endy at stephanie.endy@case.edu.


Final nominees will be notified of their selection by June 28, 2019.


Final proposal must be received by the Office of Research Administration by September 20, 2019, at 5:00 pm EST.”


Final proposal must be received by the sponsor by September 27, 2019, at 5:00 pm EST.


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
06/18/2019 06/28/2019 09/20/2019 09/27/2019 CLOSED