Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

David and Lucile Packard Foundation


Grant amount: US $875,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 15, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 20, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Faculty College / University

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia (US state) Expand all

University restriction: Arizona State University Brown University California Institute of Technology Carnegie Mellon University Columbia University Cornell University Duke University Harvard University Georgia Institute of Technology Johns Hopkins University Massachusetts Institute of Technology Michigan State University New York University Northwestern University Ohio State University Pennsylvania State University Princeton University Purdue University Rice University Stanford University Texas A&M University Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey University of Arizona University of California, Berkeley University of California, Irvine University of California, Davis University of California, Los Angeles University of California, San Diego University of California, San Francisco University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Cruz University of Chicago University of Colorado at Boulder University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Maryland at College Park University of Michigan - Ann Arbor University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh University of Rochester University of Texas at Austin University of Southern California University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas University of Utah University of Virginia University of Washington University of Wisconsin - Madison Washington University in St. Louis Yale University

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within a few years of receiving their PhD

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Overview:

NOTE:  The "pre-proposal deadline" is the deadline for invited institutions to submit their two Packard Fellowship nominations to the foundation. Interested faculty: please ensure you meet the eligibility requirements and contact your university’s Office of Sponsored Research or Department Chair for inquiries about your institution’s internal nomination process & deadline. Once nominees have been identified by the foundation, the nominee must submit all application materials by the "full proposal" deadline above. 

In 1988, the Foundation established the Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering to allow the nation's most promising early career professors to pursue their science and engineering research with few funding restrictions and limited paperwork requirements.

Every year, the Foundation invites the presidents of 50 universities to nominate two early-career professors each from their institutions. Nominations are carefully reviewed by the Fellowship Advisory Panel, comprised of distinguished scientists and engineers. Eighteen recipients will receive individual grants of $875,000 distributed over five years. Of the $175,000 paid each year, $17,500 is available to the university as compensation for administrative costs. 

The Fellowship Program provides support for highly creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award. Packard Fellows are inquisitive, passionate scientists and engineers who take a creative approach to their research, dare to think big, and follow new ideas wherever they lead.

The Foundation emphasizes support for innovative individual research that involves the Fellows, their students, and junior colleagues, rather than extensions or components of large-scale, ongoing research program

What We Fund
Candidates must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering and must be within the first three years of their faculty careers. Disciplines that will be  considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. 

The Fellowship Program provides support for highly creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award. Packard Fellows are inquisitive, passionate scientists and engineers  who take a creative approach to their research, dare to think big, and follow new ideas wherever they lead. The Foundation emphasizes support for innovative individual research that involves the Fellows, their students, and junior colleagues, rather than extensions or components of large-scale, ongoing research programs. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Candidates must be faculty members at one of the 50 Invited Institutions.
  • Candidates must be faculty members in the first three years of their faculty careers, that is, whose initial faculty appointments began no earlier than May 31, 2015 and no later than May 31, 2018.
  • Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering.

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Ineligibility:

  • Candidates engaged in research in the social sciences will not be considered.
  • What We Do Not Fund:
    • Recognizing that certain areas of contemporary science and engineering already have access to relatively generous funding (for example, clinical research, research associated with the design and construction of large national facilities such as accelerators and space stations, and applied research of direct relevance to national security), the Packard Fellowships are directed to other, less generously supported fields.


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