UAMS is invited to nominate one candidate for the 2022 Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research award. This award, established in 2014, partners with the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust to fund outstanding cancer research projects.
The Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of a cure for cancer. The award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for a four-year period. Interested applicants should submit pre-proposal materials—including a research project summary and CV—to Brandi Dawson at BDawson@uams.edu by 5:00pm May 5, 2021.
All pre-proposals will be reviewed by an internal committee to narrow the applicants down to one, which will be sent to Pew for consideration for a full application.
Eligibility for the 2022 Award
Candidates must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
- Hold a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine, or a related field.
- As of Sept. 9, 2021, hold a full-time appointment at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as research assistant professor, adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting professor, or instructor are not eligible.)
- Must not have been appointed as an assistant professor at any institution prior to June 14, 2017, whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, in work toward board certification, or on parental leave does not count as part of this four-year limit. Candidates who took parental leave should contact Pew’s program office to ensure that application reviewers are aware of their circumstances.
- Please note that eligibility criteria have been temporarily expanded to account for COVID-related lab shutdowns and research disruptions.
- May apply to the program a maximum of two times. All applicants must be nominated by their institution.
- If applicants have appointments at more than one eligible nominating institution or affiliate, they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different nominating entity.
- May not be nominated for the Pew Scholars Program and the Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research in the same year.
It is expected that Pew-Stewart scholars will spend at least 80 percent of their time in work or activities related to the accomplishment of their overall research goals (which are not restricted to the specific aims proposed for this award).
Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to the field of cancer. This program does not fund clinical trials research. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and pioneering approaches to basic, translational, and applied cancer research. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles but who bring in concepts and theories from more diverse fields are encouraged to apply.
Ideas with the potential to produce an unusually high impact are encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards, and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the Pew-Stewart National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.
Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from nonprofit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew-Stewart program. If you have questions concerning eligibility, please contact Jennifer Villa, principal associate, Pew Biomedical Programs at 215-575-4851 in advance of applying.
Pew recognizes the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in scientific progress and innovation and seeks applicants from all backgrounds. Please consider candidates who are diverse, in terms of gender, minority status, and cancer research field.
- A complete description of the Pew-Stewart program, its terms, and its eligibility requirements.
- Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and pioneering approaches to basic and translational cancer research. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles but who bring in concepts and theories from more diverse fields are encouraged to apply.
- Ideas with the potential to produce an unusually high impact are encouraged.