First conceived in 2013, the Rockefeller Universityâ€™s Institute for Long-Term Thinking and Novel Discovery ensures dedicated funding for imaginative, high-risk research in the life sciences. Ranging from seed grants to long-term awards, the support is directed to outstanding scientists, mathematicians, and theorists with visionary ideas.
Naming opportunities will be available for all of the Instituteâ€™s grant programs. In addition, the Rockefeller University is seeking a $100 million gift in a combination of endowment and expendable funds to name the Institute itself.
PURPOSE AND FOCUS:
These funds support original thinkers, at all career stages, pursuing fundamental scientific questions with the potential to open new fields and lead to novel discovery.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE:
Mid- to late-career faculty members as well as early-career investigators at the independent fellow or tenure-track level.
APPLICATION AND REVIEW:
Applications are brief and assessed by internal and independent external review panels. Limited revisions may be requested, with a decision to follow within four to six weeks. Awards will be monitored by the Universityâ€™s Committee on Scientific Affairs, which is comprised of members of the Board of Trustees along with additional distinguished scientists from other Institutions.
TYPES OF SUPPORT:
- Institution-Focused Grants
- Acquisition of technology, tools, and instrumentation specific to basic science discoveries
- Support for theorists and experimentalists in math and physics working on biological problems
- New faculty start-up costs that are not covered by conventional funding sources
- Internally-Competitive Peer Reviewed Awards
- One-year pilot/seed grants $25,000 to $100,000
- Multi-year commitments for novel research projects (3 to 5 years) $200,000 to $1,000,000
- Interdisciplinary collaborations involving several laboratory teams $1,000,000 and up
To learn more about the program, view theÂ Rockefeller University Full Description.