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Targeted External Awards for Faculty

The Offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Research are offering incentives for receiving the awards below. For a description of the incentives and the details of the award incentive program, please read this memo.

An expedited faculty development leave procedure will be used when faculty receive one of the targeted external awards. Details can be found here.

If you get an award that is eligible for relocation expenses, please send a request with the name and date of the award you received to Rob Stewart and Kathleen Harris. You will be asked to complete a form with an itemized budget and justification.

Eligible Awards

I. Awards Classified as "Highly Prestigious" by the National Research Council and recognized by the AAU are separated by taxonomic field. There are too many to list here. Please refer to the spreadsheets listed below. PLEASE NOTE: The spreadsheets list both Highly Prestigious and Prestigious awards. Only the Highly Prestigious awards are eligible for the incentives described in the memo:

Social and Behavioral Sciences (N=24)
Life Sciences (N=54)
Physical Sciences and Engineering (N=73)
Arts and Humanities (N=62)

II. The tables below provide links to award information provided by the sponsoring agency, a synopsis of the submission procedure, and a timeline (if applicable) for submitting nominations and applications. Internal nominations may be made through Competition Space.


Click on the award title for more information

Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award

Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award

Agency: Lasker Foundation

Targeted Disciplines: Research contributing to the elimination of major causes of disability and death

Deadline: Feb 1, 2018

Important Information: Self-nominations not accepted. Colleagues familiar with nominees' work complete nomination form and solicit support letters.

 

American Academy of Nursing Fellow/Member

American Academy of Nursing Fellow/Member

Agency: American Academy of Nursing

Targeted Disciplines: Nursing

Deadline: None (2 fellows nominate candidates)

American Council of Learned Societies - ACLS Fellowship

American Council of Learned Societies-ACLS Fellowship

Agency: American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Targeted Disciplines: Humanities and social sciences (excludes counseling/clinical psychology)

Deadline: Sept. 28, 2017

Important Information: Online applications must include: application form, proposal, supporting material (e.g., images, musical scores), bibliography, publication list, 2 reference letters.

Timeline and Process

American Law Institute Member

American Law Institute Member

Agency:The American Law Institute

Targeted Disciplines: Law

Deadline: None (Initiated by ALI member)

Beckman Young Investigators

Beckman Young Investigators

Agency: Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Targeted Disciplines: Chemical and life sciences

Deadline: August 2018; see website

Important Information: Online applications must include:
Letter of intent: letter of intent form, description of proposed work, biosketch, research support form (listing current and pending support).
Application: Institutional letter describing evidence for support (e.g., lab space, salary, etc.); 3 reference letters submitted on line; timeline; proposal.

Timeline and Process

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards: Medical Scientist

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards: Medical Scientist

Agency: Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Targeted Disciplines: Physicians/scientists doing bio-medicine and disease research

Deadline: Oct 3, 2017; no preproposal

Important Information: Online applications must include: application form; cover page; scientific abstract; bio-sketch; research plan; submitted manuscripts; bibliography; personal statement; faculty sponsor letter; chief of service letter; Ph.D. advisor letter; signature page, which includes dean/chair, assurance official; and two confidential letters of recommendation.

Timeline and Process

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards: Scientific Interface

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards: Scientific Interface

Agency:Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Targeted Disciplines: Biological sciences

Deadline: Sep 6, 2017-preproposal; Jan 10, 2018 full proposal

Important Information:Online pre-proposal must include: pre-proposal form, including list of top five publications and an essay describing proposed work, that is  signed by applicant and postdoctoral mentor; and a confidential letter from postdoctoral mentor.
Full proposals will be by invitation

Timeline and Process

Cottrell College Science Awards

Cottrell College Science Awards

Agency: Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Targeted Disciplines: Astronomy, chemistry, or physics

Deadline: May 1, 2017 Pre-proposal, July 19, 2017 Full Proposal

Important Information:Pre-proposal must include: pre-proposal form which includes summary of proposed research, plan to sustain funding, and a list of five potential reviewers.
Full proposal: full proposal form includes: abstract, budget and rationale, statement of problem/significance, plan of method, references, list of eight "outside" and two "inside" reviewers, endorsement page (requires financial officer).

Timeline and Process

Cottrell Scholar Awards

Cottrell Scholar Awards

Agency:Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Targeted Disciplines: Astronomy, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, or physics

Deadline: August 1, 2017

Important Information: Online applications must include: proposal form includes: abstract, current financial support for project, research proposal, educational proposal, support letter from chair, dean, or provost, references, list of eight "outside" and two "inside" reviewers, endorsement page (requires financial officer).

Timeline and Process

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program (Core)

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program (Core)

Agency: United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Targeted Disciplines: All disciplines

Deadline: August 1, 2017

Important information: Required Application Materials: Application form, project statement, CV, bibliography, invitation letter, and course syllabi and supplementary materials if applicable. The applicant also must request letters from three references (at least one outside home institution), register the references (online), and complete the language proficiency sections as applicable.

Developmental leave: This award requires a faculty development leave (FDL). An expedited FDL procedure will be used when faculty receive one of the targeted external awards that is recognized by AAU/CMUP/THECB and is supported by internal incentives. This procedure is described here.

Awarded funds: A Fulbright Award is paid directly to the faculty member and does not go through TTU.

Institutional Review Board: Relevant IRB approval must be obtained from the
applicant's home institution before research can be started

More information can be found at: Fulbright Application Resources

Timeline and Process

Getty Scholars in Residence

Getty Scholars in Residence

Agency:The Getty

Targeted Disciplines: Arts, humanities or social sciences

Deadline: October 3, 2017

Important Information: Applicants are required to complete and submit the online Getty Residential Scholar application form, which includes completing an online information sheet, and uploading a project proposal, CV, and optional writing sample. Letters of reference are not required for this application.

Developmental leave: This award requires a faculty development leave (FDL). An expedited FDL procedure will be used when faculty receive one of the targeted external awards that is recognized by AAU/CMUP/THECB and is supported by internal incentives. This procedure is described here.

Guggenheim Fellows

Guggenheim Fellows

Agency:John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Targeted Disciplines: Creative arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences

Deadline: Sep 19, 2017

Important information: Online applications must include: applicant information, list of four possible references, positions, languages, organizations, education, narrative account of career and previous accomplishments, list of works (publications, performances, etc); statement of research plan for fellowship period, and (if asked) examples of work.

Timeline and Process

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

Agency: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Targeted Disciplines: Biological problems in all biomedical disciplines

Deadline: June 27, 2017

Important Information: Online applications must include: CV, bibliography, list of current support; overview of most significant research achievements; summary of ongoing and planned research program; statement of how applicant's research would meet HHMI's expectations; PDF files of five publications reporting most important scientific contributions with paragraph for each describing the significance; two reference letters from semifinalists.

Timeline and Process

MacArthur Foundation Fellows

MacArthur Foundation Fellows

Agency: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Targeted Disciplines: Any discipline

Deadline: None (Agency invites own nominators)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellows

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellows

Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities

Targeted Disciplines: Humanities

Deadline: April 11, 2018

Important Information: Applications must be submitted through grants.gov and must include: narrative justifying the project, bibliography, resume, appendix with visual materials if applicable, email addresses for two reference letters.

Timeline and Process 

National Humanities Center Fellowship

National Humanities Center Fellowship

Agency: National Humanities Center

Targeted Disciplines: Humanities

Deadline: October 18, 2017

Important information: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application form and to upload the following documents: project proposal, tentative outline of chapters, short bibliography, curriculum vitae, and names and contact in formation for three references.

Developmental leave: This award requires a faculty development leave (FDL). An expedited FDL procedure will be used when faculty receive one of the targeted external awards that is recognized by AAU/CMUP/THECB and is supported by internal incentives. This procedure is described here.

National Medal of Science

National Medal of Science

Agency:National Science Foundation

Targeted Disciplines: Physical sciences, engineering, math, biological sciences, behavioral or social sciences

Deadline: April 1, 2017

Important Information:  While nominations may be made by anyone, at Texas Tech, nominations for this award will be made by the university president. Nomination and eligibility information is available here.

Timeline and Process

National Medal of Technology and Innovation

National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Agency: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Targeted Disciplines: Technology, technological innovation

Deadline: April 1, 2017

Important Information: While nominations may be made by anyone, at Texas Tech, nominations for this award will be made by the university president.

Timeline and Process

Newberry Library Long-term Fellows

Newberry Library Long-Term Fellows

Agency: The Newberry Library

Targeted Disciplines: Projects for which Newberry collections are relevant

Deadline: November 15, 2017

Important Information: All application materials must be submitted together electronically through the Newberry Library website. Applicants must complete the Information Webform with attachments of the applicant's abstract, project description, and CV. Letters of reference are submitted by the letter writers, through the Letter of Reference Webform.

Developmental leave: This award requires a faculty development leave (FDL). An expedited FDL procedure will be used when faculty receive one of the targeted external awards that is recognized by AAU/CMUP/THECB and is supported by internal incentives. This procedure is described here.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Merit (R37)

NIH Merit (R37)

Agency: National Institutes of Health

Targeted Disciplines: Research areas supported by NIH

Deadline: There is no timeline for this award. It is selected during grant review.

National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Awards

NSF CAREER Awards (Excluding those who are also PECASE winners)

Agency: National Science Foundation

Targeted Disciplines: Research areas supported by NSF

Deadline: July 18, 2018

Important Information: Applications must be submitted through fastlane.gov or grants.gov and must include: cover sheet, project summary, project description, references cited, biosketch, supplementary material including department support letter, letter of collaboration if applicable, postdoctoral mentoring plan if applicable, data management plan, budget justification. Past TTU recipients can be found here.

Timeline and process

Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Agency: U.S. Department of Human & Health Services

Targeted Disciplines: Science and engineering

Deadline: None (Federal agencies make recommendations to White House)

Pulitzer Prizes

Pulitzer Prizes

Agency: The Pulitzer Prizes

Targeted Disciplines: Journalism, letters, drama, music, special citations

Deadline: Varies widely

Important Information: Procedures and deadlines vary with category. Nominating jurors are appointed by the Pulitzer Prize Board, and submit three nominations each year.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Searle Scholars

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows

Agency: Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

Targeted Disciplines: Health policy

Deadline: November 15, 2017

Important Information: Applicants must submit an online application with the following information:

  1. Personal and contact information, including the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references who have been asked to comment on the applicant's qualifications for the program.
  2. Three reference letters
  3. Select a preliminary sponsorship track indicating the source of sponsorship.
  4. Following documents: (a) up-to-date curriculum vitae (b) one-page biographical sketch (c) essay on the reasons you want to be an RWJF Health Policy Fellow, including a discussion of your major strengths and qualifications for the program and how this fellowship experience will fit with your career plans (d) essay on a contemporary health policy topic.
  5. Finalists will be interviewed in Washington, DC., and will receive details about the remainder of the process upon invitation

NOTE: This award requires a faculty development leave (FDL). An expedited FDL procedure will be used when faculty receive one of the targeted external awards that is recognized by AAU/CMUP/THECB and is supported by internal incentives. This procedure is described here.

Sloan Research Fellowships

Sloan Research Fellowships

Agency:Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Targeted Disciplines: Chemistry, biology, computer science, economics, math, neurology, physics, and related fields

Deadline: Sep 15, 2017

Important Information: Online application must include: nomination letter from department chair or other senior researcher, CV, two representative articles, description of significant work and research plans, three letters of support.

Timeline and process

Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty

Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty

Agency: The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship

Targeted Disciplines: Humanities, social sciences, physical sciences (including computer science)

Deadline: November 14, 2017

Important Information: Contact the Pat DeLucia in OVPR for application.

Other Targeted Awards

The following awards bring prestige to Texas Tech University. There is no monetary incentive program for these awards.

AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program

AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program

Agency: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Targeted Disciplines: Inventors

Deadline: March 31, 2017

Important Information: Anyone can nominate. Self-nominations are acceptable

Timeline and process

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

Agency: Blavatnik Family Foundation

Targeted Disciplines: Life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, chemistry

Deadline: November 16, 2017

Important Information: Nominators must be the institution's president or provost, or the President's official designee. Each institution may nominate up to three candidates, one in each disciplinary category (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry)

Timeline and process

National Academy of Inventors - Fellow

National Academy of Inventors - Fellow

Agency: National Academy of Inventors

Targeted Disciplines: Inventors impacting quality of life, economic development, and welfare

Deadline: October 1, 2017

Important information: Nominations may be submitted by anyone (except for the nominee). At TTU, president will nominate.

Timeline and Process

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

Agency: National Science Foundation

Targeted Disciplines: Mentors of underrepresented groups

Deadline: June 17, 2017

Important Information: Self nominations are accepted from individuals or organizations

Timeline and Process

TAMEST: Edith and Peter O'Donnell Awards

TAMEST: Edith and Peter O'Donnell Awards

Agency:The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST)

Targeted Disciplines: Medicine, engineering, science, technology innovation

Deadline: April 30, 2017

Important information: Nominations may come from TAMEST members, university president, chancellor, provost, VPR, dean, or industry executives. NOTE: The nomination can be written by nominee or chairperson, but the official nomination will be Fazle Hussein. His name will be signed on the letter

Timeline and Process

 

For questions about targeted external award opportunities contact:
Pat DeLucia, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research, Faculty Affairs
pat.delucia@ttu.edu