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Schwartz Research Fund for Women in the Life Sciences

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 or more grants of up to $15,000 each will be awarded to Ithaca-based female faculty in the life sciences who display outstanding promise for conducting creative research with the goal of supporting an innovative pilot experiment or a significantly new line of inquiry in their current research focus.

With the exception of equipment purchases and faculty salaries, grants from the Schwartz Research Fund may be applied toward a wide variety of expenses with the goal of 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 will be awarded on a cycle of 12 months.


  • Ithaca-based female faculty conducting research in the life sciences are invited to apply.
  • Must be at least one year beyond the onset of any start-up funding cycle.
  • Recipients of the Research Fund grants may not apply again until the third subsequent rfp cycle (i.e. if awarded in 2016, cannot apply until fall 2019 application cycle).

Application: The 2017 application period has ended. Application dates for 2018 will be announced in the fall of 2017.


Contact Information

Office of Faculty Development and Diversity
122 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Ph: 607.255.6867
Fax: 607.255.4672