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Charles E. Culpeper Scholarships in Medical Science

Partnership for Cures, Goldman Philanthropic Partnerships and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund are pleased to announce the continuation of the Charles E. Culpeper Scholarships in Medical Science to support the career development of academic physicians. Nominations will be accepted through August 16, 2006. Up to three awards of $108,000 per year for up to three years will be made to United States medical schools or equivalent United States educational institutions on behalf of candidates who are U.S. citizens or aliens who have been granted permanent U.S. residence (proof required), who hold the M.D. degree from a U.S. medical school or the equivalent of an M.D. degree from an educational institution equivalent to a United States medical school, and who are judged worthy of support by virtue of the quality of their research proposals and their potential for successful careers in academic medicine.

TITLE OF PROGRAM
Charles E. Culpeper Scholarships in Medical Science

TITLE OF AWARDEE
Charles E. Culpeper Medical Scholar

OBJECTIVE
To provide United States medical schools or equivalent United States educational institutions with up to three years of support, including salary and core research expenses, on behalf of carefully selected physician scientists of high potential achievement who are committed to careers in academic medicine.

ELIGIBILITY
Applications will be accepted from accredited United States medical schools or equivalent United States educational institutions on behalf of men and women who are U.S. citizens or aliens who have been granted permanent U.S. residence (proof required), who have received the M.D. degree from a U.S. medical school or the equivalent of an M.D. degree from an educational institution equivalent to a United States medical school in 1998 or later.  Applicants must have at least one year of post-doctoral clinical training. Those who have achieved a rank above assistant professor are ineligible for this program, and an awardee who is promoted above the rank of assistant professor before the initiation of the Scholarship will be ineligible to receive the award. An application must be accompanied by assurances from the sponsoring institution that a faculty position and facilities adequate for the conduct of the proposed research program will be provided in either a basic science or clinical department. All scientific research relevant to human health is eligible for consideration; research that has relevance to cures for human disease is highly encouraged.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Application details can be found at the Partnership for Cures website at: http://www.4cures.org

SELECTION PROCESS
After preliminary review of nominations in September, proposals will be reviewed and judged by an independent Scientific Advisory Committee comprised of established medical scientists. Final recommendation of up to three applicants will be made by the Scientific Advisory Committee and submitted to the Governing Board of Goldman Philanthropic Partnerships for approval by January 1, 2007. Awardees and their sponsoring institutions will be notified shortly thereafter. In selecting awardees, emphasis will be on identifying young physicians with clear potential for substantial contributions to science as academic physicians. Consideration will be given to the individual’s past performance and promise as evidenced by the documentation submitted.

AWARD
In direct costs, $100,000 per year to the sponsoring institution will be committed for up to three consecutive years. It is expected that a significant portion of the award will be used as a contribution to the Scholar’s salary. Up to $50,000 (plus fringe benefits) of this sum may be used for this purpose; the rest for support of research including personnel and some travel costs. Eight percent will be added to each award for indirect costs.

CONDITIONS
The Scholar shall participate fully in the academic life of the medical school, receiving and accepting teaching assignments, serving on committees and performing functions of a full-time faculty member. At least 75 percent of time and effort shall be spent on the research program. A Scholar may work in the program or laboratory of a senior investigator in his or her field of research, but he or she shall be in a position to pursue independent paths of investigation. The total salary of the Scholar shall comply with institutional and departmental guidelines, and supplements to Culpeper Scholarship support shall be reported to Goldman Philanthropic Partnerships. A Scholar is expected to apply for competitive grants and contracts from NIH, NSF and other funding agencies. It is intended that, at the conclusion of the Scholarship, the Scholar will be firmly established and funded as an independent investigator in a university or other research organization. All publications and major presentations resulting from work done with the support of Scholarship shall indicate that the investigator is a Charles E. Culpeper Medical Scholar of the Goldman Philanthropic Partnerships, and was funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

BUDGETING AND FOLLOW-UP
Each institution will be required to submit an annual budget, on a form to be supplied by the Goldman Philanthropic Partnerships, within 30 days of selection of the Scholar and prior to any renewal period. The budget will list proposed expenses by category and will be subject to approval by the Goldman Philanthropic Partnerships and to such conditions as the Goldman Philanthropic Partnerships shall impose.  An annual report, scientific and financial, approved by the department chairman and school, must be filed by May 1 in each year of each award.  Continued funding for each subsequent year of the award will be dependent on a satisfactory review of the annual reports and proposed budgets. There will be formal annual renewal letters.

APPLICATIONS

Application forms can be found at the Partnership for Cures website at: http://www.4cures.org

   

Questions should be addressed to to:

Dr. Bruce E. Bloom
President and Chief Science Officer
Goldman Philanthropic Partnerships
Partnership for Cures 
70 West Madison, Suite 1500 
Chicago, IL 60602 
312-780-3440
Bruce@4cures.org