Limited funding opportunity – Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences FY2020

March 12, 2019 by School of Medicine Webmaster

The VP for Research has announced the launch of the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences FY2020 Internal Competition competition.  Pew Charitable Trusts has invited UVA to nominate a candidate for the 2020 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences award competition. The Pew deadline for nominees is 14 June 2019; n.b.: this is the due date for the name of the nominee—not the proposal. The Pew deadline for proposals is 17 October 2019.

The Pew Scholars Program makes awards of $300,000 per year over a 4-year period (direct costs; $75,000 per year). According to the Pew website, 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.

Eligibility.  Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field. As of October 17, 2019, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. Appointments such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible. On June 14, 2019, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 14, 2016), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, in work toward board certification, or on parental leave 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 2017 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.

Additional information:

Instructions for submitting the Letter of Intent:

To apply, click on View Letter of Intent. To submit LOIs on behalf of multiple applicants, please email limited-submission-vpr@virginia.edufor assistance. Letters of Intent must be received by 5PM May 2, 2019.

Faculty submitting LOIs will be contacted regarding an internal competition, if necessary. Should a competition be required, the internal application will be due on or around May 23, 2019 at 5PM and must include the following:

  1. chair nomination letter that provides names of 3 outside references who can support your nomination, should you be the UVA candidate
  2. 3-page single spaced narrative (references do not count toward the limit) that includes (1) your most important research achievement to date & (2) research plan for Pew award
  3. 2-page CV
  4. 1-page current and pending funding

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Limited Submission Process and Review

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More information on the limited submission review process can be found here:, and in the documents found therein. To summarize, reviewers for individual limited submission opportunities are drawn from a standing committee of tenured faculty members who are nominated by the Schools and appointed by the VPR. Ad hoc committee members may also be invited to serve on specific panels based on their subject expertise and/or their experience with a particular sponsor or program. The internal review committee provides critical reviews of internal pre-proposals and makes recommendations for the pre-proposals that should go forward for external submission. The VPR office follows the best practice of many foundations and agencies and does not disclose the names of individual reviewers who contribute to a specific review panel. The limited submission team notifies individual internal applicants of their pre-proposal review results via email. The limited submission team notifies the Department, School, and Office of Sponsored Programs of the proposal(s) that will go forward for external submission via email.


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