Kinship Foundation: Searle Scholars Program

Case Western Reserve University is invited to submit applications for the 2019 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 world-wide 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."

Each year 15 new individuals are named Searle Scholars. Awards are currently set at $100,000 per year for three years. Since its inception, 587 Scholars have been named and approximately $130 million has been awarded.

Number of Applications
Amount of Funding

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

Submission Process

Step 1

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 19, 2018. 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

Step 2

Final nominees will be notified of their selection by Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Step 3

Final proposal must be received by the Office of Research Administration by Friday, September 21, 2018 at 5:00pm EST.

Step 4

Final proposal must be received by the sponsor by Friday, September 28, 2018 at 5:00pm EST.


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
06/19/2018 06/26/2018 09/21/2018 09/28/2018 CLOSED