Purpose: The purpose of the Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation Faculty Scholar Program is to help prepare and support new investigators at the Assistant Professor level as they begin their careers. This early stage of career development is a critical period for a new researcher. During this period, the new scientist requires some form of support to develop preliminary data and build his or her research program to the point where he or she may compete effectively for federal or other external funding.
Number of scholars: Four finalists will be selected to give presentations to the Baxter Foundation Board of Directors in late Winter/early Spring. Ultimately two individuals will be selected as Faculty Scholars by the Board.
Selection Process: Your nomination packet will be distributed to the faculty members on the School of Medicine Awards Committee. The four finalists selected by the Awards Committee will be expected to provide a presentation to the Baxter Foundation Board in late Winter/early Spring. The Medical Center Development's Office Corporate and Foundation Relations team will work closely with the finalists to help them prepare for their presentations to the Baxter Foundation Board of Directors.
- Career Development
- Basic science research
- Clinical research
- Translational research
- Applicants must be School of Medicine Assistant Professors with UTL, MCL or NTLR faculty appointments.
- Not eligible: individuals in Instructor, Clinical Instructor, Clinical Assistant professor positions are not eligible.
- As of Tuesday, February 11, 2020, an acting Assistant Professor's paperwork (the "long form") must be submitted (the appointment is therefore in process with the Dean's Office Academic Affairs Department) with the understanding that funding may not be accepted until the appointment is finalized AND Acting Assistant Professors must be physically here at Stanford by early February in order to be eligible for this round.
- Applicants must have an M.D., M.D./Ph.D., Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited institution.
- Applicants must be involved in basic or clinical research which has the potential for translation.
- For the purposes of this program, translational clinical research is defined as:
- 1) individuals whose research is conducted with human subjects or material of human origin;
- 2) individuals involved in animal studies that are close to taking new therapies to humans;
- 3) individuals involved in later stage development of devices for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes
- The foundation has expressed a preference for proposals that lead to development of new therapies, diagnostic tools, and disease prevention.
- Important note: Our experience with the Baxter Foundation suggests that they favor disease-related basic or clinical research that has the potential to secure federal or other funding once enough data is collected. They tend to favor diseases that impact significant numbers of people or that can serve as models for more than one malady. They care less about immediate translation than possible impact. They wish to understand in lay terms the problem(s) being addressed, the approach(es) taken and what the researcher sees as the next steps once the work is completed. They are open to highly technical work if it is first described in terminology they can understand.
- Funding Clarification FAQ: I have an R01, am I eligible? Per the Medical Center Development Office (MCD): "All things being equal, a person who already has secured NIH funding would be viewed less favorably by the Baxter Foundation since they want their funding to help new investigators get their research off the ground in order to be competitive for NIH and other external funding."
INTERNAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Institutional representative: no budgets or PDRF forms are required for this gift funding opportunity. You do not need to submit your proposals through your RPM for institutional approval.
By Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 5pm, please submit one PDF file containing the following, in the order listed below, via the Stanford Seed Funding site:
File name: Last name_Baxter_2020.pdf
1) Title page: Title of this RFA: Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation Faculty Scholars Award; Title of your project; Name of the PI, title, department, address, email; Date of Assistant Professor appointment approval
2) Nomination letter printed on department letterhead, addressed to Dr. Peter Sarnow and the School of Medicine Awards Committee, signed by your division chief or department chair.
3) One page Lay abstract (a critical component of the application)
4) 4 Page Research Proposal: Figures & references not included in page total; Format Font size 11 with half-inch margins, single-spaced; Include PI name and Project title on each page
5) NIH-format biosketch
6) Other funding: Current and pending funding including sponsor, amount of funding, term
Amount of the gift is $75,000-$100,000 per awardee (includes 8% infrastructure charge; gift amount dependent on foundation's earnings).
Awardees are expected to provide both a written and oral report at the end of the first year.