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Preparation for 2023 Grant Cycle - Estimated Dates

The Research Office is requesting letters of recommendation for a nominee to the 2022 Grant Cycle  Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences.

  • RO Internal Letter of Recommendation  Deadline - - Monday, February 28, 2022 - 
  • Agency Deadline for Nomination:  May, 2022
  • Online Application Website will open on 
  • Final Submission Deadline: September 2022

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 2022 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 2023 award

Candidates must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Hold a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine, or a related field.
  • As of Sept. 1, 2022, 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, 2018, 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. 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 2022 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).

Key dates

  • Early April 2022: Institutional invitation distributed and nomination solicited
  • Monday, May 2022: Institutional nomination due
  • Monday, June 2022: Pew Biomedical Scholars application portal opens
  • Wednesday, September 2022: Pew Biomedical Scholars application due