University of Southern California


Searle Scholars Program 2018

Slots:                                                     Two

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        N/A                       

External Deadline:                          September 29, 2017, 5pm PDT

Award Information:                        Type:  Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 15

Anticipated Amount: $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable to each grant.

Cost Sharing:

Awards are made to institutions for the support of the research programs of the Scholars. Up to 25% of an individual’s calendar year salary may be charged to the grant, together with appropriate fringe benefits. Individuals on academic year appointments may charge 25% of the academic year salary and one month of summer salary (at the monthly rate for the academic year) when the academic year is ten months or two months when the academic year is nine months. However, in no case may the total salary plus benefits charged for the Scholar exceed $25,000 in one year. Scholars shall have the maximum discretion in the budgeting and re-budgeting of funds to meet their research needs. However, the following limitations will apply:

1)            Foreign travel requires prior approval of the Scientific Director of the Searle Scholars Program;

2)            Total annual expenditures for equipment which exceed the approved budget, submitted at the time of being awarded, by more than $3,000 require prior approval from the Scientific Director of the Searle Scholars Program;

3)            Funds provided under this grant may not be used to pay for costs associated with general facilities or administrative overhead, such as costs of providing space, utilities, library facilities, and administrative services

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:                   

Applicants for the 2018 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2018 ) are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2016. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.

The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components. Potential applicants who are unsure if their research is appropriate for our Program are encouraged to examine the research interests of present and former Searle Scholars on this website.

Applicants who were nominated for awards in the previous competition year but were not awarded maystill meet the eligibility criteria for the current competition. Institutions should consult with the scientific director of the Program regarding renomination of such individuals.


The Searle Scholars Program is a limited submission award program which makes grants to selected academic and research institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Generally, the program makes 15 new grants annually.
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.