This award assists individuals beginning independent research careers at the faculty level.
Application deadline: September 1, 2019 @ 11:59 PM EDT.
Eligibility: Applicants may apply from any department but the successful applicant will have a proposed project that is pharmacological in nature, and share evidence that they have formal training in pharmacology/toxicology (e.g. Ph.D. or postdoctoral training in pharmacology, including pharmacology methods). Those holding the academic rank of Assistant Professor (or Research Assistant Professor) within a tenure track or (*equivalent tenure-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.
Note: There are specific requirements for what constitutes a “tenure track.” Please click the “Eligibility” button above to learn more.
Funding: $100,000 for one year.
Important: Please click on topics in blue, above, to learn the full details about this award.
Pharmacology/toxicology awards support career development activities of scientists embarking on research that integrates information on molecular or cellular mechanisms of action with information on the effects of an agent observed in an intact organism, in experimental animal or clinical studies or both.
Highest priority will be given to applicants whose research will attempt to integrate information on a drug or chemical’s mechanism of action at the molecular or cellular level with a drug’s effect in a human or laboratory animal. Applicants should describe the significance of a hypothesis being tested in the context of potential influences of biochemical, physiological, behavioral, or social systems.
These awards intend to encourage multidisciplinary training to apply the perspective of molecular, cell, and systems biology to pharmacology and toxicology research. Their scope includes basic drug action studies, detection of cellular responses to drugs at the gene level that create opportunities to optimize individualized drug therapy, and the corresponding evaluation of pharmaceuticals in human and clinical populations.
- To assist individuals beginning independent research careers at the faculty level.
Eligibility & Requirements
- Applicants may apply from any department but the successful applicant will have a proposed project that is pharmacological in nature, and share evidence that they have ongoing training in pharmacology/toxicology (e.g. Ph.D. or postdoctoral training in pharmacology, including pharmacology methods, and ongoing engagement in pharmacology and toxicology research).
- If your institution offers ‘tenure track’, you must be within the tenure track to apply.
- If your institution does not offer ‘tenure track’ but they offer something equivalent, you must meet all of the following requirements:
a. Your department chair will need to verify that you meet the requirement for tenure-track equivalency in their letter of recommendation.
b. You are engaged in research in an area of science or engineering aligned to the PhRMA Foundation pharmacology/toxicology program.
c. Your appointment is a continuing appointment.
d. Your appointment has substantial educational responsibilities in pharmacology.
e. Your proposed project relates to your career goals and job responsibilities as well as to the goals of the department/ organization.
- No exemptions from these eligibility requirements will be granted. “Research” and “Instructor” positions must be eligible tenure-track-equivalent positions and individuals in soft-money appointments and/or visiting appointments are not eligible.
- 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 extend or develop the proprietary value of specific drug products will not be accepted.
 This program is not offered to augment an ongoing research effort. Funds must be used to conduct the proposed research. Please submit a detailed description of your funding for this project including dollar amount(s), intramural, extramural, and start-up funds.
 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
- An applicant is not eligible if they have received extramural funding equivalent to or in excess of $100,000 (total) prior to submission. This does NOT include start-up funds.
- 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 data are not required but are strongly encouraged in support of a competitive proposal. 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. 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 for the applicant.
7. Department Chair
- Provide contact information and a recommendation letter.
- Validate the formal position held by the applicant (e.g. tenure track or equivalent).
- Make a statement as to the independence of the applicant in terms of space available and ability to conduct research in an independent fashion.
Provide contact information and a reference letter. The reference letter should include an assessment of the candidate and proposed research.
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 15th.
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.
2020 Applications will be accepted July 1 – September 1, 2019 @ 11:59 PM EDT.
2020 brochure will be available later this year.