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Jeffress Trust Awards Program in Interdisciplinary Research

The Jeffress Memorial Trust was founded in 1981 by Robert M. Jeffress in memory of his parents and is guided by its mission to benefit the people of Virginia and their research in chemical, medical or other scientific fields.

The Jeffress Trust awards support high impact, innovative one-year projects that integrate computational and quantitative scientific methodologies across a broad range of scientific disciplines.

The Jeffress Trust Program provides $100,000 awards as seed funding to support one-year pilot studies that encourage the development of innovative interdisciplinary strategies that integrate computational and quantitative scientific methodologies across a broad range of scientific disciplines. Up to four applications will be accepted from each nonprofit academic or research institution in Virginia, nominated through their own internal selection process.

Eligible research areas for Jeffress support include astronomy, biosciences, chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, material science, mathematics and physics.  Research in social, economic and behavioral sciences, including psychology, are currently outside the scope of Jeffress funding.

Full-time faculty at institutions in Virginia that are within seven years of their first faculty appointment are eligible to apply as Principal Investigators. Student participation is a requirement of the proposed research plan.

Please note: Faculty from medical schools and schools of Osteopathic Medicine may not apply as Principal Investigators; however, they are encouraged to collaborate as Co-Investigators.

Use the links below to access the online application.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 22 at 4:05 pm
Submission Deadline:
January 8, 2016, 12:00 Noon, U.S. Eastern Time

Funding Begins:
June 30, 2016
Jeanne Brown Jeanne Brown
Program Officer
617.279.2240, ext. 709

Jeanne Brown Ms. Brown’s experience is in project management, operations management and client relations in both healthcare and academic settings. She applies her knowledge and best practices in the management of several programs including one international grantmaking program. Ms. Brown specializes in building processes for the delivery of efficient and complete grantmaking services for our clients. She brings core skills such as planning, budget management and problem solving to the team.