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Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Mallinckrodt Scholars Program

UPDATE 10/15/20: The 2021 Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation Scholar Award Program competition has been canceled by the sponsor. 

This is a joint competition for VU and VUMC investigators. All investigators should follow these instructions.

Vanderbilt (VU and VUMC, collaboratively) anticipates the opportunity to nominate two candidates for the Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation Scholar Award Program. The foundation supports early stage investigators engaged in biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease. This award typically provides $400,000 over four years in order to move a project forward to the point where other independent funding can be obtained.

Eligibility requirements

  • Hold M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree
  • In 5th to 8th year of a tenure-track position
  • Candidates may have an R01

Internal application process

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s potential nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to by 5 p.m. on Nov. 2, 2020.

  • Brief research lay summary (1/2-page max.);
  • Brief research plan including summary budget (2-page max. including summary budget);
  • Letter of support from department chair/center director;

Letter must acknowledge that this grant does not allow indirect costs.** This statement can be used/modified: “The Department recognizes that this grant does not allow indirect costs and will commit to covering any associated indirect costs per applicable institutional policy.”

  • NIH Biosketch or Brief CV (5-page max.)

**Process for cost-sharing typically coordinated at the departmental/school level and approved by department chair and/or dean. Please consult for further guidance.

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email. All applicants should verify their eligibility in advance through the foundation website.

Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to