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Schwartz Research Fund

The Schwartz Research Fund for Women and other Underrepresented Faculty 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.

Description: Two grants of up to $25,000 each are awarded yearly to Ithaca and Geneva-based, as well as Cornell Tech,  female faculty and faculty underrepresented in the life sciences who display outstanding promise for conducting creative research. The primary goal is to provide seed money for investment in pilot experiments that generate novel preliminary data or open a significant new line of inquiry.

One award will be given to a pre-tenure assistant professor who has completed the first two years of their appointment, 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-RO1, NSF, or other equivalent multi-year support).

The second award will be given to an associate professor to conduct an innovative pilot experiment, expected to open a significant new line of inquiry to be used as preliminary data in a subsequent application for major new funding. Alternatively, the award can serve as a bridge grant to enhance the possibility of such funding.

With the exception of large equipment purchases and faculty salaries, grants from the Schwartz Research Fund may be applied toward a wide variety of expenses with the goal of completing the pilot experiment. For example, items such as plastics, biologics, animals and genomic screens required to do the experiment are eligible for funding. In addition, some salary and meeting travel support for a student/postdoc can be covered, although it should not exceed 40 percent of the grant.

Applicants are encouraged to include conference/travel opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to bring new approaches/techniques to their research group.

Grants from the Schwartz Research Fund will be awarded on a 12-month cycle.

Faculty from colleges and departments in the traditional life science disciplines, as well as those outside such traditional departments are eligible to apply provided they clearly state the relevance of the proposal to their research and its likely impact on the life sciences.

Eligibility:

  • Ithaca and Geneva-based, as well as Cornell Tech, assistant and associate professors are invited to apply.
  • Faculty members outside of life science departments should consult Yael Levitte (ofdd@cornell.edu) prior to submitting their application if they are unsure if their research may qualify.

Recipients of the Schwartz Research Fund grants may not re-apply again until the third subsequent RFP cycle (i.e. if awarded in 2018, cannot apply until fall 2021 application cycle).

Application procedure: Submit application, including budget summary, current/pending/anticipated support, cv, and letter of recommendation (see guidelines).

Reporting requirements: Awardees are required to submit a 1-3 page-long final report, including an expenditure report. Grantees are encouraged to meet with Drs. Joan and Ronald Schwartz when they are on campus or connect with them via telephone or email (Joan-ron@comcast.net).

The Schwartz Research for Women and Other Underrepresented Faculty 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.

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Contact Information

Office of Faculty Development and Diversity
122 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Ph: 607.255.6867
Fax: 607.255.4672
ofdd@cornell.edu