Jeffress Trust Awards Program in Interdisciplinary Research

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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 strategies across a broad range of scientific disciplines. Up to five applications will be accepted from each nonprofit academic or research institution in Virginia, nominated through their own internal selection process.

Full-time faculty at institutions in Virginia that are within seven years of their first faculty appointment are eligible to apply as Principal Investigators. Importantly, faculty from medical schools and schools of Osteopathic Medicine may not apply as Principal Investigators; however, they are encouraged to collaborate on proposals as Co-Investigators. Student participation is a requirement of the proposed research plan.

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.

The Hazel Thorpe Carman and George Gay Carman Trust has an interest in potentially offering an additional award in support of one project submitted through the Jeffress Awards Program mechanism that meets the criteria of the Jeffress Program and is relevant to the funder’s focus of either blood disorders or mental health.

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