Beckman Young Investigators Program

Funding Organization: 
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
Type of Funding: 
Estimated Funding Amount: 
$600K over 4 years
Award/Eligibility Description: 

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.


    • Projects proposed for the BYI program should be truly innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences. They should represent a departure from current research directions rather than an extension or expansion of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. Proposals that open new avenues of research in chemistry and life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments and materials will be given additional consideration.
    • The BYI program funds promising young scientists early in their careers who have not yet received a major award from another organization. Proposals that already have substantial funding will not be considered for the BYI award (see eligibility for more information).
    • Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants are in the range of $600,000 over the term of the project, contingent upon demonstrated progress after the second year of the award.
    • The Foundation does not provide for overhead or for indirect costs.


    • The BYI program is open to those within the first three years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment, at a United States academic or non-profit institution that conducts research in chemical and life sciences. Tenure Track Start Date for the 2019 program must be after8/15/2015
      • NOTICE: The Foundation will be moving to a static submittal and tenure track date for our 2020 Program: Tenure Track start date for the 2020 Program: 8/6/16
    • Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application. Persons who have applied for permanent residency but have not received their government documentation by the time of application are not eligible.
    • No individual may apply for a Beckman Young Investigator award more than two times.
    • Investigators can have no more than $225,000 in direct, annualized external funding grants during any BYI Program Year (Aug-July) at time of application. Start-up funds, department-wide instrumentation grants, and "Transition" grants (such as NIH K99/R00) are not counted toward this total.
    • Institutions are not limited in the number of applicants who apply at the Letter of Intent stage.
    • Institutions with a currently funded BYI are eligible for award consideration

Application Procedure:

The Letter of Intent portal will generally be open for submissions in the June – September timeframe. Please check the online portal and with your Institution’s grants administration office for exact deadlines each year.

The Foundation conducts in-person interviews to make a final selection decision for the BYI awards. You will be notified if you are invited to an interview.

Incomplete applications and/or materials received after any deadline during the application process will be eliminated from the competition.

To submit a Letter of Intent:

1. Set up an account with our Online Grant System to see the full list of required documents and terms of the award.

2. Once you’ve created an account, complete the eligibility questionnaire on the online Grant System. If you are eligible, proceed to complete Letter of Intent.


The 2019 Letter of Intent will require completion of the following by application deadline:

  1. PI profile including scanned copies of documentation of Citizenship/Permanent Residency
  2. 1,200 word Proposal
  3. Biosketch (template provided in application)
  4. Research Support Form (template provided in application)
  5. Institutional endorsements from the Chief Academic Officer and Dean (or similarly authorized signatories)