University of Southern California


The David & Lucille Packard Foundation – Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

Slots:                                                     Two                      
LOI:                                                        March 15, 2017: Nominations are due to the Foundation on March 15, 2017. All application materials must be submitted to the Foundation April 20, 2017.
Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline:                          April 20, 2017
Award Information:                        Type:  Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 18
Anticipated Amount: $875,000 distributed over five years.
Cost Sharing:                                     Of the $175,000 paid each year, $17,500 is available to the university as compensation for administrative costs.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                        
Who May Serve as PI:                    Candidates must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering and must be within the first three years of their faculty careers. Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. Candidates engaged in research in the social sciences will not be considered. The Fellowship Program provides support for highly creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award. Packard Fellows are inquisitive, passionate scientists and engineers who take a creative approach to their research, dare to think big, and follow new ideas wherever they lead.

In 1988, the Foundation established the Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering to allow the nation’s most promising early career professors to pursue their science and engineering research with few funding restrictions and limited paperwork requirements. The Foundation emphasizes support for innovative individual research that involves the Fellows, their students, and junior colleagues, rather than extensions or components of large-scale, ongoing research programs.

What the Foundation Does Not Fund:

Recognizing that certain areas of contemporary science and engineering already have access to relatively generous funding (for example, clinical research, research associated with the design and construction of large national facilities such as accelerators and space stations, and applied research of direct relevance to national security), the Packard Fellowships are directed to other, less generously supported fields.

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