Vallee Foundation: 2021 Scholars Awards – $300K – Internal Nominations Due: October 19, 2020

Mon, Oct 19, 2020, 12:00 pm
Request for Proposals
Early Career
Life Sciences
Various Research Areas


Recognizing that outstanding, early career, independent investigators are the source for future advances in the biomedical sciences and appreciating that flexible funding for basic research is needed, The Vallee Foundation will once again accept nominations for the 2021 Vallee Scholar Awards.

Fields of Research:

It is expected that Vallee Scholars will be engaged in bold and innovative basic biomedical research.

A list of previous Vallee Scholars can be found on their website:


  • This award is available only to investigators who have been nominated by institutions that have been selected by the Vallee Foundation Board of Directors, of which Princeton University is one.  
  • One nomination will be accepted per institution.  
  • The candidate must have received his/her PhD, MD, or other professional degree, within ten years of the application deadline and, by the same date, have been in an independent research position (tenure track or equivalent) for six years or fewer.
  • The Vallee Foundation welcomes outstanding scientists regardless of race or gender but is mindful of the lack of diversity within the scientific research community as a whole and is committed to furthering the careers of historically under-represented minorities.

Assistance with Application: The Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations team is available to assist faculty with proposal development and submission.  We welcome the opportunity to work with you - please call me at x8-9944 if you would like assistance.


The Vallee Scholars program makes grants of $300,000 - to be spent over a period of four years.


This is a limited submission opportunity.

The university may nominate one candidate who is an early career independent researcher, as defined under the heading, "Eligibility:," above in the field of basic biomedical science. In consultation with the Limited Submission Prize Committee, the Dean for Research will select the candidate who will be formally nominated by the University.

Department Chairs may nominate qualified candidates by emailing the following materials in a single PDF document (in the order outlined below) to on or before the Internal Due Date, below:

  • A statement of endorsement from the Chair, signed and on departmental letterhead;
  • Nominee's curriculum vitae;
  • A summary of the candidate's research project; and
  • List of current funding associated with the candidate's projects.

Note for Department Chairs:  If you will be nominating more than one candidate from your department, please forward me, by a separate email, a ranked listing of the candidates.

NOTE: Process/budget questions which arise should be directed to ORPA and the proposal should be routed following the standard Princeton  proposal process (ERA, etc).

Due Date(s):

  • Internal Due Date: 12:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2020
  • Deadline for institutions to submit a nomination letter to the Foundation: December 1, 2020
  • Deadline for nominees to complete online applications: February 1, 2020
  • Awards will be announced by early September 2021, with funding provided soon thereafter.