Faculty Start-up Awards Program

Deadline: May 7, 2009
Announcement: July 2009

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation supports the scholarly activity of new faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions with an award to augment the start-up package provided by the institution. The Faculty Start-up Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $30,000 that is generally approved before the new faculty members formally begin their first tenure-track appointments. The nominating institution is expected to provide the majority of the resources necessary for the nominee to initiate a research program of high quality.

Eligibility
The Faculty Start-up Awards Program is open to academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor's or master's degree, but not a doctoral degree, in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Faculty members must start their first tenure-track appointment in 2009 to be eligible for  nomination in 2009. Institutions may submit only one Faculty Start-up Award nomination annually.

Selection
Recommendations for awards are based on evidence that the nominee has the potential to produce an independent body of scientific scholarship of outstanding quality in an undergraduate environment and is dedicated to advancing education in the chemical sciences. Nominations are reviewed by distinguished faculty in the chemical sciences. Current Faculty Start-up Awardees.

Budget
The Faculty Start-up Awards Program provides a $30,000 unrestricted research grant. Funds are normally expended over a period of five years. Charges associated with indirect costs or institutional overhead are not allowed. Defrayal of academic-year salary is not permitted. Foundation approval is not required for budgetary changes after an award is made. If the awardee leaves the institution, the transfer of the remaining funds requires prior Foundation approval.

Nomination Procedure
Institutions may make only one nomination annually for the Faculty Start-up Awards Program. All nomination materials and letters of support must be received at the Foundation office by May 7, 2009. Nominations recommended for approval are presented to the Foundation's Board of Directors in time for award announcements by the end of July 2009.

Required Information
Nomination package: The original nomination and five additional copies should be printed single-sided, on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper, using 12-point font size, and assembled as:

1. The online nomination form (early April)
2. A letter of nomination from an institutional representative highlighting the nominee's achievements. This letter must also list explicitly other sources of start-up funds (institutional or extramural) and other research support provided to the nominee by the institution (limited to two pages)
3. A proposal (limited to six pages) describing the nominee's independent research plans as well as a statement on teaching
4. A budget (limited to one page) describing how award funds will be used
5. A CV (limited to four pages) that includes relevant publications and any special recognitions

Please fasten each copy of the nomination with one binder clip. The use of staples, paper clips, folders, colored paper or bond paper is discouraged.

Submit all nomination materials to:

Dr. Mark Cardillo, Executive Director
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
555 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-3301

Letters of support: Three letters of support should be printed single-sided, on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper, using 12-point font size, and sent directly to the Foundation from individuals who know the nominee's capabilities and accomplishments. These letters cannot be accepted via electronic mail, facsimile, or if received with the nomination package. They should be sent to:

Dr. Mark Cardillo, Executive Director
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
555 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-3301

Because of the volume of mail received near the program deadline, the Foundation requests that you use a delivery service that provides proof of delivery.

Reports
A report is due at the end of the fifth year. Reports should be concise, printed single-sided, on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper, using 12-point font size, and contain the following sections:

1. Highlights of research accomplishments during the award period and a description of any noteworthy accomplishments in chemistry education
2. Research plans
3. Categorical financial report (click here for categories)
4. An updated CV
5. An optional statement of newsworthy stories concerning the Awardee during the period of the Faculty Start-up Award

Submit the report by first-class mail to:

Dr. Mark Cardillo, Executive Director
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
555 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-3301

Additional Information
1. Publications and presentations describing work supported by the award should acknowledge the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Faculty Start-up Awards Program.
2. Recipients of the award are designated Camille and Henry Dreyfus Faculty Start-up Awardees.
3. Procedural questions may be directed to the Foundation office by telephone at 212-753-1760 or e-mail at admin@dreyfus.org.