Pew Charitable Trusts: Pew Biomedical Scholars Program

Other Deadline:

CWRU Nomination Due 6/29/2018

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.

Number of Applications
Amount of Funding

$300,000 ($75,000 a year for four years)


Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine, or a related field.

  • As of the day the proposal is due to the sponsor (see below), nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor.

  • As of the day the nomination is due from CWRU (see below), candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years, whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit.

  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the current year's online application.

  • If an applicant's university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may only apply from one institution; they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different one.

Submission Process

Step 1:

Internal Letters of Intent (LOI's) must be one PDF document.

The first page of the PDF document should be double-spaced containing:

  • PI name,
  • PI department/division and school/college,
  • Project title, and
  • An abstract of the proposed research.

The PDF must also contain the PI's NSF or NIH style biosketch.

This LOI should be submitted no later than 5:00pm EST on June 12, 2018.

Materials should be submitted as a single PDF attachment to an email sent to Stephanie Endy at

Step 2:

Final nominee will be notified of their selection by June 22, 2018.

Step 3:

The Institution must formally nominate the candidate by June 29, 2018.

Step 4:

Final proposal due in the Office of Research Administration by 5:00pm EST on October 8, 2018.

Step 5:

Sponsor deadline for the proposal is 5:00pm EST on October 15, 2018.


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
06/12/2018 06/22/2018 10/08/2018 10/15/2018 CLOSED