Limited Opportunities Bulletin
The University of Chicago
The Division of the Biological Sciences
and The Pritzker School of Medicine
Office of Research Services: Section of Research Funding
This Limited Opportunities Bulletin contains upcoming internal deadlines for external funding opportunities that are
restricted in the number of submissions from the University. Each department Chair is invited to submit one
nominee per opportunity listed below. In Departments with integral Sections, Chairs are invited to submit one
nominee per section who is appropriate for these opportunities. Investigators interested in being nominated should
contact their chair. Applications will be reviewed by the Faculty Awards Committee and the appropriate number of
candidate(s) will be selected for each opportunity solicited. *We have made every attempt to verify due dates
and availability of these opportunities. Please note that the information is subject to changes by sponsors.
For each nominee, an original and eighteen (18) copies of all application materials must be submitted through the
department to Cherita White in the Office of Research Services, AMB S-152 by 4 PM by the indicated internal
due date unless otherwise indicated.
Each application should contain the following information in addition to the requirements below:
• Letter of nomination from the department Chair explaining the significance of the nominee’s work and level of
• Letter of support from a senior faculty member (for applicants at or below the rank of Assistant Professor) who
can discuss the candidate’s track record and potential, and significance and impact of the proposed work
• Listing of other funding sources (active, pending and overlap)
**Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.
BURROUGHS WELLCOME FUND: CAREER AWARDS IN THE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
Internal deadline: August 21, 2003
Agency deadline: October 1, 2003
Web site: http://www.bwfund.org/programs/biomedical_sciences/career_background.html
This program is intended to foster the development and productivity of biomedical researchers who are early in their
careers and to help them make the critical transition to becoming independent investigators. The Career Award in
the Biomedical Sciences provides $500,000 over five years of faculty service bridging advanced postdoctoral
training and the first three years of faculty service. Researchers may be working in any of the basic biomedical
sciences. The University may nominate from six candidates. Institutions that nominate at least one candidate in the
reproductive sciences may nominate an additional candidate for a total of seven candidates.
• Candidates must have completed at least 12 months, but no more than 48 months, of postdoctoral training
by the October 1st
deadline. No exceptions will be made to this requirement.
• For candidates with an M.D. degree, postdoctoral training excludes clinically oriented residencies that do not
contain a major research component. The portion of a residency that has a major research component should
be noted and added to the months of postdoctoral training. Researchers who hold a faculty appointment as
an Assistant Professor or the equivalent, or who know they will receive such an appointment within a year
of the application deadline, are not eligible.
• Researchers who hold a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor or equivalent, or who know they will
hold such an appointment within a year of the application deadline, are not eligible.
• Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of either U.S. or Canada.
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• Abstract/Lay Summary of past, present and future research and career interests prepared by the candidate (no
more than 2 pages).
• Research plan which includes the scope and significance of postdoctoral research, career objectives and how
this award will help achieve these objectives, and a glossary for proposals which contain discipline-specific
description. This should describe the candidate’s proposed research for the upcoming 2-3 faculty years (up
to 5 pages).
• Divisional Requirements
Internal deadline: August 21, 2003
Last Year’s Agency deadline: October 15, 2003*
Web Site: http://www.dermfnd.org
All Dermatology Foundation awards are intended to advance the research careers of young individuals in
dermatology and cutaneous biology, with the emphasis on research benefiting the dermatology community at large.
Proposals are invited for the following nine awards:
• Fellowships in Pediatric Dermatology foster the development of clinical scholars in pediatric dermatology that
will advance the field through patient care, research and teaching. This award is co-sponsored by the
Dermatology Foundation and Society of Pediatric Dermatology. Applicants must have an M.D. or M.D, Ph.D.
degree and have completed their clinical training in a dermatology residency program in the U.S. Applicants
should be in the early stages of their career development, be board eligible or certified in dermatology and
within five years of completion of their residency at the time of funding. Individuals with an academic
appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or above are not eligible for this award. Applicant's preceptor
must have an academic appointment in dermatology or be a preceptor in another program at the same institution
if the latter has been approved by the dermatology chair by letter included with the application ($45K; 1 year).
• Health Care Policy Clinical Career Development Awards support the establishment and development of health
care policy careers for dermatologists. Applications accepted from junior investigators who have completed
formal clinical training in a dermatology residency program in the United States and are in the early stages of
their academic careers. Health policy research includes outcome studies, information system development, as
well as development and evaluation of methods for delivery and practice of population-based dermatology
($55K; renewable up to two years).
• Research Career Development Awards assist in the transition from fellowship to established investigator.
Applicants will be accepted from junior investigators in the early stages of their academic careers. Applicants
must be faculty members in a Department or Division of Dermatology, demonstrate a strong commitment to
skin research and already have initial training (2-3 years research fellowship or postdoctoral training) in
biomedical research ($55K; renewable up to two years).
• Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowships support dermatologists who desire research training and have
a commitment to a career in academic career in medical or surgical dermatology. Applicants must have an M.D.,
M.D.-Ph.D., or D.O. degree, and have completed their clinical training in a dermatology residency program in
the U.S. Individuals with an academic appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or above are not eligible
for this award ($30K; 1 year).
• Research Fellowships are awarded for the support of research training. Applicants must have an M.D., Ph.D. or
equivalent degree. Special Fellowships are available in the areas of epidermolysis bullosa and melanoma.
Individuals with an academic appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or above are not eligible for this
award. Applicant's preceptor must have an academic appointment in dermatology or be a preceptor in another
program at the same institution if the latter has been approved by the dermatology chair by letter included with
the application ($30K; 1 year).
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• Research Grants are for investigators at the early stages of their career development to initiate a research project
in dermatology or cutaneous biology. Research has to be performed under a Department or Division of
Dermatology. Special Grants available in skin cancer, cutaneous pharmacology, ichthyosis, dermatopathology
and cutaneous surgery ($20K; 1 year).
• Dermatopathology Research Grants are restricted to dermatologists or pathologists who have recently
completed a dermatopathology fellowship in a Division or Department of Dermatology, Pathology or
Dermatopathology and who are attempting to embark on a research career. Actual proposal may include bench
research, classical epidemiology, outcomes analysis or other approaches. The focus should be clearly and
directly related to advancing the field of dermatopathology ($20K; 1 year).
• Patient Directed Investigation Grant Awards support medical and surgical dermatologic studies that have
potential to directly benefit patients. It is the expectation that the recipients of these awards will be future clinical
leaders in dermatology helping shape the future of this specialty. Applications are judged competitively by a
committee of recognized experts in applied medical and surgical dermatology. The purpose of funding is to
enhance the career development of clinical investigators who have completed their dermatology residency
training in the U.S and are in the early stages of their careers. Applicants must be sponsored by a department or
division of dermatology ($20K; 1 year).
• Program Development Grant Awards support the development of scientific infrastructure in those dermatology
departments/divisions that are accredited residency training centers for dermatology but have not successfully
competed for Dermatology Foundation funding during the most recent five-year period. Applicant should be the
Chair/Chief or research director of the unit ($10K; 1 year).
• Recipient must spend at least 75% of their total effort in cutaneous research for the Research Fellowships
as well as Clinical and Research Career Development Awards. Fellowship recipients in Pediatric
Dermatology must spend at least 50% of their total effort on the research project. The applicant’s chairman
must certify this in writing.
• Overview of past, present and future research and career interests prepared by the candidate (2 pages).
• Scientific proposal including specific aims, background and significance, and experimental design. This
should describe the candidate’s proposed research for the upcoming 2-3 years (2-3 pages).
• Divisional Requirements
JOSE CARRERAS INTERNATIONAL LEUKEMIA FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIPS
Internal deadline: August 21, 2003
Agency deadline: November 3, 2003
Web site: www.fcarreras.es/ang/bequesi.html
The José Carreras International Leukemia Foundation was founded in 1988 by the internationally known tenor Jose
Carreras. The goals of the Foundation are to raise money for the support of research into the diagnosis, prevention
and cure of leukemia and related hematological malignancies. Initially, applications will be accepted for one
fellowship to provide funding of $50K for one year, renewable yearly for two additional years upon satisfactory
• Candidates must hold an M.D. or Ph.D. degree and have completed at least three years postdoctoral training
but must be less than ten years post their first doctoral degree when the award begins.
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• Candidates must be committed to the research goals of the Foundation, must be able to devote at least 80%
of their time to the project and must have a sponsoring institution with the academic environment to provide
adequate support for the proposed project.
• Relevant reprints of applicant (limit of 4-5)
• Current Curriculum Vitae and bibliography of applicant. C.V. must include name, birth date, social security
number or other identifying number as applicable, citizenship, education, postdoctoral training and
professional appointments, listed chronologically.
• Current Curriculum Vitae and selected bibliography of sponsor (2 pages).
• Divisional Requirements
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION: MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION PROGRAM (MRI)
BSD Internal Deadline: August 21, 2003
Provost Submission Deadline: November 21, 2003
Agency Deadline: January 22, 2004
Web site: http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf01171
and, more directly, http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf01171/nsf01171.html
The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) is designed to increase access to scientific and engineering
equipment for research and research training in our Nation's academic institutions. This program seeks to improve
the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, and to foster the
integration of research and education by providing instrumentation for research-intensive learning environments. The
MRI program encourages the development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared use across
academic departments, among research institutions, and in concert with private sector partners.
The MRI program assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation by U.S. institutions
that is, in general, too costly for support through other NSF programs. The maintenance and technical support
associated with these instruments is also supported. Proposals may be for a single instrument, a large system of
instruments, or multiple instruments that share a common or specific research focus. An institution may submit up to
three proposals to the MRI program. An institution may submit up to three proposals. NSF requires cost sharing
equal to 30% of the total project costs (NOT of the NSF share).
Eligible Project Costs
• Eligible project costs are those total project costs (comprising the NSF award plus the institution's cost
sharing, if required) that are properly and reasonably allocable to the research instrumentation based on the
percentage of time that it is used for research and research training. For instrument acquisition proposals,
eligible project costs include costs of instrument purchase, installation, commissioning, and calibration. The
direct and indirect costs of operation, maintenance, and other appropriate technical support during the award
period are also eligible. For instrument development proposals, eligible project costs include all of the items
listed above, as well as the direct and indirect costs associated with support for personnel engaged in the
instrument development effort. Direct and indirect costs associated with research projects to be conducted
using the requested instrumentation (including researchers' salary and students' stipends) are not eligible
costs under the MRI program.
• Name or type of the instrumentation to be acquired or developed
• Name of the PI
• Names and Departments of the prospective Co-I’s or principal users
• Description of the importance of the proposed instrumentation to current or future research programs
• Expected source of cost sharing (cost sharing at a level of 30% of total eligible project costs is required)
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• Divisional Requirements
GREENWALL FOUNDATION: GREENWALL FACULTY SCHOLARS PROGRAM IN BIOETHICS
Internal Deadline: August 21, 2003
Provost Deadline: September 10, 2003
Agency Deadline: December 5, 2003
Web sites: http://medicine.ucsf.edu/greenwall/home.html
The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable outstanding junior
faculty members to carry out original research that will help resolve important policy and clinical dilemmas at the
intersection of ethics and the life sciences. This research will also put Faculty Scholars in a position to help set
public policy and standards of clinical practice. Greenwall Faculty Scholars will receive 50% salary support up to
NIH salary cap guidelines and benefits for 3 years, as well as funds to attend an annual meeting of Scholars with the
Advisory Board. Faculty Scholars will be expected to spend at least 50% time on their project.
• Applicants must be junior faculty members holding at least a 60% appointment at the University
• Priority will be given to applicants who are below the rank of Associate Professor, who have not received a
comparable career development award, and whose work will have an impact on public policy or clinical
practice. Within this group, priority will be given to applicants whose research addresses innovative and
emerging topics. Lower priority will be given to applicants who are working on institutional change,
educational reform, or primarily theoretical research. Applicants who propose to carry out a conceptual or
theoretical analysis should specify how such work will lead to changes in public policy or clinical practice.
• Faculty Scholars will be selected on the basis of their achievements, the strength of their research project,
their commitment to the field of bioethics, and support from their home institution. While the amount of an
applicant’s original work in bioethics will count favorably towards his/her application, outstanding
candidates with less direct experience in bioethics will also be considered.
• A letter of intent that includes: (1) a description of their research proposal, particularly its significance, how
it will be carried out, and how it is likely to have an impact on public policy or clinical practice; and (2) a
personal statement describing their goals in the field of Bioethics. This letter should be double-spaced and in
type no smaller than 12-point. (3 pages)
• Curriculum Vitae (no longer than 5 single-spaced pages)
• A cover page including the project title and applicant’s contact information
• Divisional Requirements
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