Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is accepting applications for Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering. The goal of the Fellowships is to allow the nation's most promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited paperwork requirements. Packard Fellows are encouraged to think big and look at complex issues with a fresh perspective.

The Foundation has few paperwork requirements and Fellows may use their funds in whatever way would best advance their research. Fellows are awarded $875,000 over five years ($175,000 per year), including 10% indirect.

This is a limited submission opportunity; every year, the Foundation invites 50 universities to nominate two professors each from their institutions. The Foundation will award 16 Fellowships nationwide.

Research Interests

The intent of the Fellowship program is to provide support for unusually creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well-established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award. The foundation emphasizes support for innovative individual research that involves the Fellows, their students, and junior colleagues, rather than extensions or components of large-scale, ongoing research programs.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Faculty members within the first three years of their faculty careers, that is, whose initial faculty appointments began no earlier than May 31, 2010, and no later than May 31, 2013.
  • Disciplines considered are: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Astronomy, Computer Science, Earth Science, Ocean Science, and all branches of Engineering. Candidates engaged in research in the social sciences will not be considered. Clinical research is not funded.

Protected Time Requirement

Not applicable.

Mentoring Requirement

Not applicable.

Limitations on Other Awards


Other Requirements/Limitations


Internal/External Deadlines

  • The Provost has requested two recommendations each from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and School of Medicine and Dentistry, ranked in order by the dean.

The expression of interest must include:

(1) a chair’s letter recommending the candidate;

(2) the candidate’s biosketch or CV; and

(3) a brief abstract of the proposed research (three pages explaining why the research is important and describing the goals for five years).

URMC faculty must use the attached forms, including the cover page.

  • Once the nominees have been selected, the Provost will notify the Packard Foundation, which will make the online application portal available to the designated nominees.
  • The deadline for submitting applications to the Foundation is (tentatively, pending final confirmation by the foundation) April 20, 2013. Per university policy, the UR nominees must submit their applications five business days in advance (April 16, 2013) and provide Foundation Relations with a final copy for review ten business days in advance (April 9, 2013). Awards will be announced by October 15, 2013.

For Further Information

Faculty with questions about deadlines or eligibility requirements should contact Dr. Paul A. Spengler, Director of UR Foundation Relations, at 276-3955 or The final nominees should contact Dr. Spengler to schedule a meeting so he can review the guidelines with them. Dr. Spengler will be available to help nominees submit their applications.

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