Jeffress Trust Awards Program in Interdisciplinary Research
The Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, was founded in 1981 by Robert M. Jeffress in memory of his parents and will always be guided by its mission, namely to benefit the people of Virginia in, and devoted to, research in chemical, medical or other scientific fields.
New emerging technologies and research capabilities are being fueled by advances in computational and quantitative science that exploit the power of mathematical modeling and analytics, accelerating discovery across scientific fields. The Jeffress Trust Awards Program in Interdisciplinary Research is currently supporting Virginia-based researchers who are using creative approaches to expand scientific discovery.
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.