The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering program invests in future leaders who have the freedom to take risks, explore new frontiers in their fields of study, and follow uncharted paths that may lead to groundbreaking discoveries. Twenty recipients will receive individual grants of $875,000 distributed over five years.
Limited Submissions Internal Call for Proposals: The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering
UNC Internal Deadline: 11:59PM, Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Nomination Deadline: March 15, 2021
Application Deadline: April 20, 2021
Number of Applications per Institution: Two early-career professors may be nominated by each institution.
Award Amount: Each recipient will receive an individual grant of $875,000 distributed over five years. Of the $175,000 paid each year, $17,500 is available to the university as compensation for administrative costs.
What is Not Funded: Recognizing that certain areas of contemporary science and engineering already have access to relatively generous funding (for example, clinical research, research associated with the design and construction of large national facilities such as accelerators and space stations, and applied research of direct relevance to national security), the Packard Fellowships are directed to other, less generously supported fields.
Eligibility: Candidates must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering and must be within the first three years of their faculty careers, that is, whose initial faculty appointments began no earlier than May 31, 2018, and no later than May 31, 2021. Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. Candidates engaged in research in the social sciences will not be considered.
Program Description: The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering program invests in future leaders who have the freedom to take risks, explore new frontiers in their fields of study, and follow uncharted paths that may lead to groundbreaking discoveries. Every year, the Foundation invites the presidents of 50 universities to nominate two early-career professors each from their institutions. Nominations are carefully reviewed by the Fellowship Advisory Panel, comprised of distinguished scientists and engineers. Twenty recipients will receive individual grants of $875,000 distributed over five years. Beginning with the 2021 Packard Fellows, the Foundation will pilot a program to offer additional funding support to Fellows for activities that will help increase diversity and representation in science and engineering – whether in their research group, department, university or scientific fields. An invitation and details regarding this diversity funding support will be shared with the 2021 Fellows at the beginning of their grant period.
Please email Limited_Submission@unc.edu for to receive the complete internal solicitation and further details on how to apply.