CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research

The Pew Charitable Trusts has again this year partnered with the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust  on the Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research Program.  This program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of a cure for cancer. The award provides $240,000 in flexible support—$60,000 per year for a four-year period.

Please note:  This program is independent from the Pew Scholars Program, and it follows a different set of guidelines and procedures for nominating an applicant whose research is related to cancer.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees must have been awarded a doctorate in a field related to biomedical sciences or medicine.
  • As of November 1, 2015, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or the equivalent.
  • On July 1, 2015, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 1, 2012), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track.
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution only twice. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2016 online application.

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to the field of cancer. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches in cancer research. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields related to cancer, 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 Pew-Stewart Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

UCI Internal Application Procedure

UCI may submit only one nomination for this award opportunity.  Therefore, interested applicants are asked to submit a preliminary application to my office by May 29, 2015 (electronic submission to is preferred), with the following information:

  • Brief proposal (no more than three pages)
  • NIH format Budget & Justification
  • NIH Style Bio sketch
  • Support letter from the Dean (or the equivalent in units without a Dean).

If several preliminary proposals are submitted, an ad hoc committee will convene to review them. The selected PI will be notified in time to meet the expected Institutional Nomination deadline of July 15, 2015.  Pew’s  online application will open August 1, 2015. The deadline for nominees to submit a complete application is November 3, 2015.

For more details on this program, please refer to  Questions about our internal campus review process may be directed to Greg Ruth at or x4-0372.

John C. Hemminger
Vice Chancellor for Research

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