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Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Sciences or Chemical Instrumentation Award Program

Fellowships to USA Postgraduate Researchers
for Research in the Chemical Sciences

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Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

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Deadline Date:

12/13/21 3:00 PM PDT


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Fellowships to USA postdoctoral researchers associated with IHEs for advanced scientific research. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for research in the chemical sciences or for the research and development of new instrumentation for chemical research.

Research must be innovative in method, speed or process, or represent new instrument technology. This fellowship will be a catalyst from "mentored yet independent" postdocs to outstanding, independent researchers in academic or industry/governmental labs.

The Fellowships will be in two tracks (applicants will choose one):

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Sciences will allow chemists to pursue advanced research within the core areas of fundamental chemistry, such as chemical physics, chemical engineering, and chemistry of materials research. The fellowship is not intended to fund proposals that are supported by traditional NIH mechanisms in the fields of chemistry, chemical biology, biochemistry.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Instrumentation will allow researchers in chemistry to conceptualize, develop and build instrumentation suitable to advanced research in chemistry, chemical physics, chemical engineering, and chemistry of materials science. Instrumentation projects must be suitable to the two-year fellowship timeframe, be driven by a need in the chemical sciences listed above, be innovative in method speed or process or represent a wholly new instrument for technical advancement in chemistry, and may potentially be used for future research in the broader scientific community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197607

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award amount is $180,000 over 2 years for salary, fringe benefits and research expenditures; instrumentation fellowships will receive an additional one-time amount of up to $200,000.

Fellows receiving year 3 renewal award will receive additional $90,000.

Term of Contract:

Fellows will be appointed for two years, with possibility for third year by renewal.

Fellows will begin in July of program year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Criteria for Applicants at time of application:
- At a U.S. college, university or institution which offers postdoctoral fellowships and holds a 501(c)(3), or similarly qualifying, IRS designation; and
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States; and
- Current graduate student anticipated to complete a PhD in the chemical sciences by May 1, 2022; or
- Current postdoctoral researcher with a granted/conferred PhD in the chemical sciences with no more than 18 months cumulative postdoctoral research experience (at time of application due date); and
- Must pursue postdoctoral training in an area of chemical sciences that would likely not be eligible for funding by traditional chemical biology, biochemical or biological science mechanisms (e.g., NIH-K award); and
- Must have identified a mentor in the chemical sciences at a qualified U.S. nonprofit college, university or institution with appropriate laboratory facilities to support their postdoctoral research proposal.

If you have exceeded the 18-month eligibility window but you experienced extended restricted access during COVID, please email the Foundation to discuss your eligibility status.

Criteria for Sponsoring Mentor at time of application:
- PhD, or MD/PhD; and
- Full-time tenured or tenure track with at least a 25% appointment in chemistry, chemical physics, chemical engineering, or materials chemistry department at their institution; and
- Active investigator in the applicant’s area of research; and
- Mentors may only sponsor one applicant per program year for consideration

Any of the following conditions will render an applicant ineligible:
- At the time of application due date, applicants with more than 18 months of cumulative postdoctoral experience in a research lab, or who are more than 3 years from their PhD, are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants may not submit applications to both the "Chemical Sciences" and "Chemical Instrumentation" fellowships in a single program year.
- Visa holders are not eligible to apply.
- Government laboratories, such as NIH or federally funded national laboratories are not eligible institutions.
- Applicant has not successfully completed their PhD by May 1, 2022.
- Applicants may not have faculty appointments.

Pre-Application Information:

Program Timeline:
- 7 June 2021, 9 AM: 2022 Application Portal Opens
- 3 September 2021, 3 PM: Letters of Intent Due
- 7 September 2021, 8 AM: Preliminary Review Period begins
- 25 October 2021, 9 AM: Full Application Invitations Sent
- 13 December 2021, 3 PM: Full Applications Due
- 17 December 2021, 9 AM: Full Application Review Period Begins
- 22 February 2022, 8 AM: Award Notification Begins

The Foundation will use a 2-step application process:
- Step 1: Letter of Intent (LOI) will be a blinded review of the research proposal - be sure to follow the instructions for blinding your research proposal, references, and budget
- Step 2: Full Application for those invited to apply, based on reviews of the LOIs

This program is an Open Call; institutions are not limited to the number of candidates which may apply.

Contact Information:

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

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Catrina Bryant, Program Administrator

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