The Schwartz Research Fund for Women in the Life Sciences is made possible by generous support from Joan Poyner ’65 and Ronald H. Schwartz ’65, Chemistry majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, and pioneers in promoting the work and careers of women in the life sciences.
The Schwartz Research Fund for Women in the Life Sciences
Description: Two grants of up to $15,000 are awarded yearly to Ithaca (including Cornell Tech faculty with tenure homes in Ithaca)- and Geneva-based female faculty in the life sciences*. The awards support scientists conducting creative research which may have an important impact on human or environmental health.
In particular, we are interested in providing seed money for an innovative pilot experiment likely to generate preliminary data to be used in a subsequent application for major new funding. We also would like to fund an innovative pilot experiment expected to open a significant new line of inquiry and be used as preliminary data in a subsequent grant application for significant new support. The award can also serve as a bridge grant before the onset of major new funding.
Prior to 2017, these awards were granted to faculty in traditional life science disciplines. Beginning in 2017, we expanded the breadth of eligible recipients to include female faculty from a variety of colleges and departments. All applicants are required to clearly state their research’s impact on and relevance to the life sciences.
One award is given to a female assistant professor who will have had a faculty appointment at Cornell for three to six years by November 2018. The goal is to provide seed money for a pilot experiment likely to generate novel preliminary data to be used in a subsequent application for major new funding (e.g., NIH-ROl, NSF, or other equivalent multi-year support.)
The second award will be given to a female associate professor to conduct an innovative pilot experiment that might open up a significant new line of inquiry that could be used as preliminary data in a subsequent application for major new funding. Alternatively, the award can serve as a bridge grant before the onset of such funding.
With the exception of equipment purchases and faculty salaries, grants from the Schwartz Research Fund may be applied toward a wide variety of expenses supporting current research (for example: specific scientific needs, undergraduate/graduate/ postdoc support, and /or travel and lodging for research and/or conferences for grantees and/or students, postdocs, or consultants working with them).
Applicants are encouraged to include conference / travel opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Grants from the Schwartz Research Fund are awarded on a 12-month cycle.
Before 2017, these awards were issued only to faculty in traditional life science disciplines. But, female faculty from outside the traditional life science disciplines are now eligible to apply provided they clearly state the relevance of the proposal to their research and its likely impact on the life sciences or the use of life science methodologies.
- Ithaca (including Cornell Tech faculty with tenure homes in Ithaca)– and Geneva-based female assistant and associate professors conducting research in the life sciences are invited to apply.
- Special note for assistant professors: you must be at least three years into a faculty appointment at Cornell by 2018 to be eligible to apply.
- Recipients of the Research Fund grants may not re-apply again until the third subsequent RFP cycle (i.e. if awarded in 2017, cannot apply until fall 2020 application cycle).
*Note to faculty members outside of life science departments: if you are unsure if your research may qualify, please consult Yael Levitte (firstname.lastname@example.org) before submitting your application.