Open Call – Beckman Foundation – Beckman Young Investigator Program 2022

Jun 3, 2021 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Subject: Open Call - Beckman Foundation - Beckman Young Investigator Program 2022

The Office of Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.  Please follow the links below for more information. 

UCSC Contact:
Funder: Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
Opportunity: Beckman Young Investigator Award
Award Amount: $150,000/year for ~4 years ($600,000)
Eligibility: Tenure-Track dates for the 2022 program must start after 1/1/2017 AND before 8/2/2021.


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).
  • The Foundation does not provide for overhead or indirect costs.


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 dates for the 2022 program must start after 1/1/2017 AND before 8/2/2021.
  • 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 the 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.

Award Amount & Terms

  • $150,000/year for ~4 years ($600,000)
  • 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.
  • Applicants can have no more than $225,000 in direct, annualized external funding grants during any BYI Program Year (Aug-July) at time of application.


  • August 2, 2021: LOI due
  • November 15, 2021:  Applicants notified
  • January 10, 2022:  Full application due
  • March 31, 2021:  Applicants Notified
  • April 26&27 2022: Interviews

Special Requirements

While this opportunity is NOT a limited submission program, any application does require institutional endorsement.

Institutional Endorsement:

Two required electronic signatures submitted through the online application from

  1. Chief Academic Officer (President, Chancellor, Provost) or similarly authorized signatory and
  2. Dean of the College/School/Division for the participating Academic Unit or similarly authorized signatory.

Further instructions can be found here.


Please find a List of FAQs here.

Call sent: June 2, 2021

For support developing your LOI, please contact the Research Development Specialist (RDS) assigned to your unit or send a request to If invited to submit a full proposal, please submit a proposal intake form prior to UCSC’s internal Institutional Deadlines. Your RDS can also help you develop your proposal.

The Office of Foundation Relations is a unit of University Relations. The FR team creates and maintains mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with private organizations, matching grant initiatives with educational and research programs and centers. FR supports faculty and staff to identify and approach these and other private foundations and corporations for funding, to assist in strategic positioning of the grant application, and to facilitate funder campus visits.

For a list of recent funding opportunities, please visit the FR website.  FR Calls for Funding

If you have any questions or comments, please contact