Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

Deadline: February 10, 2015
Announcement: early May 2015

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.

Eligibility
The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar 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 higher degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2009. Awardees are from Ph.D. granting departments in which scholarly research is a principal activity. Undergraduate education is an important component of the nominee's activities. Institutions may submit only one Camille Dreyfus nomination annually.

Selection
The Foundation seeks Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars who demonstrate leadership in research and education. Nominations must provide compelling evidence of the advance of important knowledge in the chemical sciences by the nominee. Further, the nomination should describe dedication and contributions to education in the chemical sciences, particularly with respect to undergraduates.

Recommendations for awards are based primarily on the nominee's scholarly research achievements as an independent faculty member, as assessed by the Foundation's reviewers and the judgment of the nominee's peers exemplified by letters of recommendation. Other considered factors are: awards and honors, publication of research achievements in leading journals, and success in attracting funding of research. Nominations are reviewed by distinguished faculty in the chemical sciences. Current Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars.

Budget
The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award provides a $75,000 unrestricted research grant. Of the total amount, $7,500 is for departmental expenses associated with research and education. Charges associated with indirect costs or institutional overhead are not allowed. Defrayal of academic-year salary is not permitted. Funds are normally expended over a period of five years. 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 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program. All nomination materials and letters of support must be received at the Foundation office by the deadline. Nominations recommended for approval are presented to the Foundation's Board of Directors in time for award announcements by early May 2015.

Required Information
Nomination package: The nomination package should be formatted on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper, using 12-point font size. Please generate all materials below as a single PDF document and e-mail it to: programs@dreyfus.org. Assembled as:

1. The online nomination form [available December 2014]
2. A letter of nomination from an institutional representative highlighting the nominee's achievements, and the basis for selection (limited to three pages)
3. A summary description, with references, of the nominee's research accomplishments as an independent faculty member, and a description of research plans (limited to seven pages)
4. A statement intended to convince the reviewers of the nominee's dedication to education in the chemical sciences (limited to three pages)
5. A CV (limited to seven pages) including a list of publications in which independent contributions and undergraduate coauthors are clearly identified. Research support should be indicated
6. A budget (less than one page) describing how award funds are anticipated to be used

Please generate all above materials as a single PDF document and e-mail it to: programs@dreyfus.org.

Letters of support: Three letters of support should be sent directly to the Foundation from individuals who know and address the nominee's accomplishments as an independent faculty member. No more than one of these letters may be from the nominating institution. Outside letters are generally given a greater weight. The letters of support should be sent as a PDF to programs@dreyfus.org and should not be received with the nomination package.

Reports
A report is due at the end of the fifth year. The report should be concise, formatted 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. Use of the $7,500 for departmental expenses associated with research and education
5. An updated CV
6. An optional statement of newsworthy stories concerning the Teacher-Scholar during the period of the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

Please generate all above report materials as a single PDF document and e-mail it to: programs@dreyfus.org.

Additional information
1. Publications and presentations describing work supported by the award should acknowledge the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program.
2. Recipients of the award are designated Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars.
3. Procedural questions may be directed to the Foundation office by telephone at 212-753-1760 or e-mail at programs@dreyfus.org.