Application Deadline: September 1, 2017 @ 11:59 PM EDT (Applications for 2018 will be accepted after July 1, 2017)
Pharmaceutics is the science that deals with drug delivery systems—in particular, the design and evaluation of contemporary pharmaceutical dosage forms and systems to ensure their safety, efficacy, and reliability. It is a multidisciplinary discipline with significant underpinnings from basic sciences such as physical chemistry, physical organic chemistry, and biophysics.
Pharmaceutics strongly emphasizes quantitative understanding and use of the principles underlying drug delivery and drug transport, whether a drug is a small organic molecule, a higher molecular weight peptide, a protein derived through biotechnology, or an oligonucleotide-like molecule for gene therapy. It is also concerned with the impact of formulation composition and manufacturing/engineering factors on the quality of a dosage form and its physical and chemical stability.
As advances in genomics—the study of genes and their functions—result in identification and production of functional genes, a quantitative understanding of factors influencing gene therapy delivery will become an increasingly important component of pharmaceutics.
- To offer financial support to individuals beginning independent research careers in pharmaceutics—including basic pharmaceutics, biopharmaceutics, pharmaceutical technology, and pharmaceutical biotechnology—at the faculty level.
Eligibility & Requirements
- Applicants must be from Ph.D. and/or MS degree granting institutions.
- Those holding the academic rank of Assistant Professor (or Research Assistant Professor) within a tenure track (or Research track) appointment, or Instructor, if eligible to apply for independent research funding by their institution, are eligible to apply for these research starter grants, providing their proposed research is neither directly nor indirectly already being subsidized to any significant degree by an extramural support mechanism. Individuals receiving only intramural funding or start-up funding from their institution are eligible to apply for Research Starter Grant awards
- Applicants will be judged on the scientific merit of the proposed research and degree of financial need.
- Eligible candidates will not have other substantial sources of research funding. 
- Research projects that intend to extend or develop the proprietary value of specific drug products will not be accepted. 
- All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
 This program is not offered to augment an ongoing research effort. Nor is the grant intended to be used for any direct effort to obtain further extramural funding. Funds must be used to conduct the proposed research.
 This exclusion does not preclude research in which specific drug products are used to test hypotheses that have general applicability.
- The grant provides funding of $100,000 for one year.
- The grant is paid on a quarterly basis to the university on behalf of the applicant, with the understanding that the university will administer the funds.
- The funds have limited restrictions – a characteristic of the program.
- The funds may not be used for salary support of the grantee, but may be used to support technical assistance.
- The support of technical assistance may include the hourly wages of a technician; however the funds may not be used to provide fringe benefits or indirect costs for the technician
- $1,500 per year may be used for travel to professional meetings by the grantee.
- PhRMA Foundation funds may not be used for indirect costs or fringe benefits.
- These funds are not transferable.
Research Starter Grant Application Checklist
Please make a copy of this list to reference during the application process, as incomplete applications will not be considered.
1. General Registration Information
2. Applicant CV or Biosketch
3. Extended Letter
This letter is an opportunity to tell us who you are and to describe your career and future plans. Include a synopsis of your career, your professional interests, and your desired career path. The letter should not exceed two single-spaced pages (12-point font).
4. Research Plan 
Prepare a comprehensive yet concise statement, not to exceed eight single-spaced pages (12-point font), including objectives and specific aims, background, significance, and rationale. Preliminary studies, as well as results (if available), should be included. Detail the research design and methodology. Applicants should use a format similar to the format specified for grants submitted to the National Institutes of Health. A bibliography of major references should be provided, but will not be included in the page limit.
The first use of any abbreviation or acronym should be preceded by the full name or description. Is the department you are in PhD granting? Clearly identify other principals involved as collaborators in the project, the amount of time they will commit, and the amount of time you will commit. List by titles the funded research projects of each principal, the portion of time committed, and the amount and source of funds for these projects. Identify the amount of intramural support available for the proposed project, and other research efforts by budget categories and amounts. If the school makes the services of a technician available to the candidate, note this. Identify the part of the proposal that will be directly initiated or expedited by the Foundation’s funds.
The Advisory Committee that reviews each application places considerable emphasis on the quality of the research and training proposal. In describing the research and training plan, it is essential to document that guidance and departmental support will be available to ensure proper training in the techniques and principles of the specified area.
5. Research Abstract
Submit a titled abstract of approximately 200 words concerning the proposed research plan.
6. Budget (no specific format required)
Submit a budget categorizing how grant funds will be used. List any other funding this project will receive, including startup funds/packages for the applicant.
7. Department Chair
Provide contact information and a recommendation letter.
Provide contact information, a biosketch, and a recommendation letter.
9. Additional References
Provide contact information and reference letters from up to three individuals familiar with your scientific career.
Letters and third-party materials should not be uploaded by the applicant. The application system will request contact information, including an email address, for the chair, sponsor, and references. These individuals will receive a prompt from the system with instructions for uploading their document(s), which will be appended to the application. The deadline date for letters and third-party materials is September 15, 2017.
Submit copies of relevant articles you have published.
 Submission of this plan is assurance that the research proposal has been written primarily by the applicant.
Based on our policy, we do not provide written reviews.
The 2018 Pharmaceutics brochure will be available later this year.