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Jeffress Trust Awards Program in Interdisciplinary Research


Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Thomas F. and Kate Miller 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.

Since its founding, the Jeffress Memorial Trust has been a steadfast benefactor in support of scientists and research of the highest quality across the state of Virginia. The Jeffress Trust Awards Program in Interdisciplinary Research aims to catalyze the future of scientific research in Virginia by promoting the expansion of emerging computational and quantitative strategies that are accelerating discovery across scientific fields in Virginia.

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.

Eligible Principal Investigators are full-time faculty at a nonprofit academic or research institution in Virginia and are within seven years of their first faculty appointment as of the Funding Start Date. United States citizenship is not required.

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.

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