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Preparation for 2023 Grant Cycle - Estimated Dates

The Research Office is requesting letters of recommendation for a nominee to the 2023 Grant Cycle  Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences.

Early April - Institutional invitation distributed and nomination solicited.

  • RO Internal Letter of Recommendation  Deadline - Friday, April 14, 2023
  • Agency Deadline for Nomination:  May 17, 2023
  • Online Application Website will open on June 12, 2023
  • Final Submission Deadline: September 7, 2023

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in the first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.

The current grant level is $300,000; $75,000 per year for a four-year period. For the 2024 award, one nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions. Participating institutions have been selected on the basis of the scope of their work in biomedical research and recommended to The Pew Charitable Trusts by the National Advisory Committee of the program. 

Eligibility for the 2024 award - Eligibility Criteria Adjustment

Historically, applicants must be in the first three years of their assistant professor position to apply.

  • Due to COVID-19-related research disruptions, we are adding an additional year of eligibility so that individuals in the first four years of their assistant professor position are eligible to apply.

For the upcoming 2024 grant cycle, the application opens on June 12, 2023, and individuals must not have been appointed as an assistant professor at any institution prior to June 12, 2019, whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Exceptions are outlined on our program website.

Eligibility adjustments will apply to three award cycles (2022, 2023, 2024).



Candidates must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Hold a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine, or a related field, including engineering or the physical sciences
  • As of Sept. 7, 2023, run an independent lab and 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 12, 2019, 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 need an exception on the four-year limit should contact Pew’s program office to ensure that application reviewers are aware an exception has been given.
    • Please note that eligibility criteria have been temporarily expanded to account for COVID-related lab shutdowns and research disruptions. Please direct any questions to the program office at
  • May apply to the program a maximum of two times. All applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2024 online application.
  • 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.


Letters of recommendation should provide the following information in this order:   

Upload electronically as an MS Word or PDF document to this SMARTSHEET FORM

  • Name of nominee, academic rank, department, and college
    • Identify the academic discipline in which the nominee has a doctorate
    • Date of nominee’s academic appointment at OSU
    • A statement describing how the nominee has shown outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health
    • Brief CV of nominee (limit two pages as an attachment)
    • Research Proposal Summary (for the internal RO review - 1 page)

Letters of recommendation are limited to three pages (single-spaced, 12 pt. font).