Research Start-Up Grants for New Science Faculty

MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

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Grant amount: Up to US $30,000

Deadline: Aug 1, 2020

Applicant type: Private College / University

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington

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About this funder:



This program offers support to supplement start-up cost for the establishment of new faculty positions in the natural sciences at private educational institutions. Grants are primarily targeted at undergraduate colleges and universities in the Trust’s five-state region. It is expected that an institution will apply for support in this program after a tenure‐track position is approved, but early in the search and hiring process, so that a Trust grant, if awarded, can be made part of the offer to the candidate.  A representative of the institution, usually the chair of the department that has the opening, will prepare the application

Start-up packages are often offered by colleges and universities to new faculty in the sciences to assist them with initiating their research. These start-up packages usually include both a cash component and in-kind, non-cash, support. A Trust grant will match institutional monies 1:1 up to a maximum of $30,000 from the Trust.  (Institutional dollars may exceed $30,000, but dollars in excess of $30,000 will not be matched by the Trust.)

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


  • The institutions that are eligible to apply in this program are the private predominantly undergraduate colleges and universities in the Trust’s five‐state region.
  • Institutions may apply toward support for hiring a new faculty person for any approved tenure‐track position, at any academic level (assistant professor, . . . ) in any natural science department (biology, chemistry, . . . ).
  • A college or university may submit as many separate applications in a given year as it has open and approved positions to fill.
  • An expert scientific consultant external to the college must be involved in every hire for which Trust support is sought.
    • It is expected that this consultant, to be chosen by the institution, will provide advice on the professional scientific credentials of the applicant. 


  • Trust grant monies will not be available to match in‐kind institutional contributions (such as academic year released time for research), but these in‐kind contributions are expected to be a normal part of start‐up packages.