Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation (i.e. $$)- DEADLINE FEBRUARY 24

Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation

UCSF internal deadline:  Monday, February 24, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)

NOTE:  UCSF is allowed to nominate 2 postdocs for this prize.  Submit applications to the UCSF Graduate Division, not to Regeneron.  See below for internal submission instructions and deadline. 

Mission: To recognize and honor excellence in biomedical science conducted by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. 

Prize details:  One PhD student and one postdoctoral fellow are selected to receive the Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation each year. Each winner receives a check for $50,000, which can be used in any way the winner chooses. Finalists are each awarded $5,000. In addition, the home institution of the winners will each receive a $5,000 donation to support the institution’s seminar series. Approximately 8-10 applicants will be selected for finalist status. Finalists will be invited to visit Regeneron for the onsite competition, travel expenses paid.

Nomination: Each institution may nominate no more than 2 total trainees for each of the prizes (2 PhD students, and 2 postdoctoral fellows). The UCSF Graduate Division will select up to 4 individuals to nominate to Regeneron from the applications we receive.

The Research Proposal: Applicants must submit a brief document (two single-spaced pages) describing a "dream" project that they would want to do within the field of biomedical science.  As a guideline, applicants should imagine what research they would do if they had access to any resource or technology.  Applicants should include a description of the design of the project as well as its potential to make an impact in biomedicine.  See attached guidelines document for more info.

Application InstructionsAttached to this email you will find the application form and proposal guidelines.  Applications are due to the UCSF Graduate Division by February 24, 2020 (11:59 p.m.).

Application materials required:

·         Endorsement form (attached; complete the upper section only; leave the “Institutional Endorsement” section blank)

·         Candidate's academic CV (PDF format)

·         PDFs of publications by the candidate (representative sample: 2-3 publications) 

·         Statement from your PI on letterhead stating supporting for your proposal (for our internal review purposes only; this statement will not be forwarded to Regeneron)

·         Two-page “dream project” research description (single-spaced, no smaller than 10-point font). See attached proposal guidelines for more details.  

1.    The project proposed must be within the field of biomedicine, broadly defined.

2.    Proposals may be up to 2 pages, not including references, no smaller than 10-point font.

3.    Proposals must clearly define a specific experiment or series of experiments including a rationale, basic methodology/design (citing literature is fine), and discussion of how the experiment’s results would advance the field.

4.    This “dream” project should not be an extension of current work. “Out of the box” thinking is encouraged.

Important Notes:

  • Do not email your application to Regeneron. Send applications to Erik Rotman in the Graduate Division.
  • The Graduate Division will make the selections to nominate to Regeneron.

Email all materials to: [email protected]

Internal UCSF Closing Date for Applications:  February 24, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)

Questions? Contact Erik Rotman.