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Apply today for the 2019 Pew Biomedical Scholars Award for Junior Tenure-Track Biomedical Researchers

The Office of the Vice President for Research is honored to announce that the University of South Carolina has been invited to submit an application for the 2019 Pew Biomedical Scholars Award. USC was selected as one of only 177 institutions to participate in this prestigious program because of the scope of our university’s biomedical research portfolio.

The University of South Carolina can nominate one assistant professor in the area of biomedical sciences who meets the criteria outlined below to compete for funding in the 2019 Pew Biomedical Scholars Program.  This annual award program provides $300,000 in flexible support for the selected recipient to use over four years ($75,000 per year) to conduct biomedical research.


Submit your pre-proposal application by 5:00 p.m. on May 21, 2018

USC may submit only one Pew Biomedical Scholars Program application per year. To ensure that USC’s biomedical researchers have the best possible chance at receiving funding through the program, the Office of the Vice President for Research will coordinate an internal selection process to choose the final USC applicant.

Eligible assistant professors (see eligibility criteria below) must submit a pre-proposal application packet to Beth Herron at by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018. The selected applicant will work with the Office of the Vice President for Research to complete and submit the final Pew Biomedical Scholars Program application on or before Friday, June 22, 2018.

Pre-proposal application packages must be submitted as a single PDF file, and must include the following components:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) biosketch
  • One letter of recommendation from the applicant’s department chair or center director
  • Three-page summary of the proposed research project

Eligibility Criteria: 2019 Pew Biomedical Scholars Award

The Pew Charitable Trusts has laid out very specific criteria to determine eligibility for the 2019 Pew Biomedical Scholars Program. Please review the following criteria carefully to determine if you are eligible for the program.

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
  • As of Oct. 15, 2018, 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 29, 2018, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 29, 2015), 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 2019 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.

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.

Additional information on the Pew Biomedical Scholars Program is available on the Pew Charitable Trusts website.


30 April 2018

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