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Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program

Grants to USA Faculty for Research
Projects in the Chemical and Life Sciences

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Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

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Deadline Date:

01/10/22 5:00 Pacific Time


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Grants to USA faculty to encourage further innovation of materials, instruments, and methods to expand scientific research. A letter of intent is required prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to foster new advances in chemistry and life sciences by promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers that have not yet received a major award from another organization.

Projects proposed for the BYI program should be truly innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. Proposals that already have substantial funding will not be considered for the BYI award.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174231

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are in the range of $600,000 over the term of the project, contingent upon demonstrated progress after the second year of the award.

Term of Contract:

Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Program Year One Begins September 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The BYI program is open to those within the first three years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment, at a United States academic or non-profit institution that conducts research in chemical and life sciences. Applicants must have no more than 10 years post terminal degree; and no more than 5 years’ experience in a non-tenure track or industry position.

Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application. Persons who have applied for permanent residency but have not received the government documentation by the time of application are not eligible. Applicants who have received Form I-797 are eligible to apply.

Applicants can have no more than $225,000 in direct, annualized external funding grants during any BYI Program Year (Aug-July) at time of application. Start-up funds, department-wide instrumentation grants, and "Transition" grants (such as NIH K99/R00) are not counted toward this total.

Institutions with a currently funded BYI are eligible for award consideration.

The Foundation does not support clinical research, clinical trials, or single target drug discovery projects. Individuals with strictly clinical appointments are not eligible to apply. The Foundation does not provide for overhead or for indirect costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
7 Jun 2021, 5 p.m. Letter of Intent Opens
2 Aug 2021, 5 p.m. Letter of Intent Due
15 Nov 2021, 5 p.m. Applicants Notified
10 Jan 2022, 5 p.m. Full Application Due

The Foundation uses a three step application process:

Step 1: Letter of Intent
Step 2: Full Proposal
Step 3: Interview

The Foundation conducts in-person interviews to make a final selection decision for the BYI awards. Applicants will be notified of an invitation to an interview.

No individual may apply for a Beckman Young Investigator award more than two times.

Institutions are not limited in the number of applicants who apply at the Letter of Intent stage.

Institutions with a currently funded BYI are eligible for award consideration.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Questions? Contact:
Nicole Patras, Beckman Young Investigator Program Administrator

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
100 Academy
Irvine, CA 92617

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