The Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation

Career Development Award in the Biomedical Sciences

The Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation Career Development Award in the Biomedical Sciences is intended to foster the development of biomedical researchers who are early in their careers and to help them make the critical transition to becoming independent investigators. The foundation recognizes that discovery and innovation in the biomedical sciences for the public's good depends on the training and support of the highest quality young scientists in the very best research environments. Therefore, the foundation provides funding to promising research scientists early in their careers and who are performing biomedical research initiated in San Diego County.

The Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation, established in 1997 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is funded by an endowment from the late Ray Edwards. The goal of the program is to help bridge the gap between completion of research training and attainment of status as an independent research scientist. To facilitate the career development of promising biomedical research scientists, funding is provided for the purchase of appropriate laboratory equipment and salary support for laboratory personnel, including postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and technicians. One three-year award will be made annually.

Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis to graduates holding Ph.D. and/or M.D. degrees. The foundation does not support research that is primarily clinical. Candidates must be within the first 3 years of their first faculty appointment as of the application due date. Awards will be based on the quality of the individual applicant's previous accomplishments, the merit of the proposal for research, and on three letters of reference. All candidates must be citizens of the United States or Canada, or have applied for green card immigration status by the application deadline, and currently be working under the aegis of University of California, San Diego, The Salk Institute, or The Scripps Research Institute. Faculty appointments must be on a tenure track or equivalent. The foundation reserves the right to terminate the award if the conditions of the faculty appointment are not consistent with the goals of the Foundation to further basic research in the biomedical sciences.

We request that fellows send us a brief (maximum of one page) report at the end of the first and second years, summarizing research done using the funds from our award. At the end of the third year we request a similar report, plus a list of relevant publications and presentations.

Application Materials
Please note that application for the Career Development Award is by invitation only. Unsolicited applications will not be considered.


To download application materials in PDF format:

Career Development Award Application

Research Project Proposal Guidelines