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2017 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering


Sponsor, Solicitation and U-M Foundation Relations

Nature of Limit

  • U-M is allowed to submit two applications.

U-M Internal Deadline

  • UMOR Internal Deadline: 1/16/17

Sponsor Deadline

  • Foundation Deadline: 4/20/17

Requirements for Consideration

Note: Not all eligibility criteria may be listed in this abstract. Before submitting an application for this internal competition, it is the applicant’s responsibility to visit the foundation website and verify that both the applicant and their project meet all eligibility criteria.


“The intent of the Fellowship Program is to provide support for unusually creative researchers early in their careers” and “to emphasize support for innovative individual research.”

Information Session


Maureen Martin, Executive Director, Foundation Relations and Program Initiatives will conduct one information session for faculty and chairs on December 7, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00pm, Palmer Commons, 6th Floor, Boardroom 1.  Maureen will provide more information about the Packard Foundation, the types of projects funded in the Fellowships for Science and Engineering program, information about the Foundation review process, as well as provide best practices in preparing a competitive application.

Current U-M faculty and prior Packard Fellowship recipients

  • Corinna S. Schindler, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Bhargav Bhatt, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Daniel Rabosky, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Sarah Aciego, Assistant Professor in Earth and Environmental Science
  • Carol Fierke, Jerome and Isabella Karle Collegiate Professor of Chemistry, Chair, Department of Chemistry, College of LSA and Professor of Biological Chemistry, Medical School
  • Mircea Mustata, Professor of Mathematics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Eligible Candidates

Faculty members engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering. Candidates must be faculty members in the first three years of their faculty career, that is, whose initial faculty appointments began no earlier than May 31, 2014, and no later than May 31, 2017.

Eligible Disciplines

Physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. Candidates engaged in research in the social sciences will not be considered.

How To Apply

For consideration as an institutional nominee, submit the following electronically in a single file, PDF format by January 16, 2017:

  1. Nomination letter from the department chair. This letter should explicitly address the impact that the Packard would have on the career of the nominee and the strength of external references.
  2. A research statement responsive to the RFP, describing why the research is important and outlining the general goals for the next five years. Please follow the Packard format.
  3. NIH formatted biosketch.
  4. Provide the following for your three (3) proposed referees: (Note that at least one reference must have had no supervisory or collaborative contact with the nominee.)
  • Name
  • Institution
  • Relationship to Candidate
  • Brief Biography, which must include their employment history, and any award(s) and honor(s) received (e.g., former Packard Fellow, member of National Academy, etc.)
  • List letters referee has previously written for the candidate (jobs, awards) and outcome.

Please submit the required information noted above (in listed sequence) electronically in a single PDF format by 1/16/17, and direct questions regarding this competition to We acknowledge receipt of all electronic submissions.

Internal proposals will be evaluated based on the impact and strength of the proposed research; how well the proposal meets the Packard Foundation stated criteria; the qualifications of the named external references; and the strength of the nomination letter.

Competitive Proposals

  • Will explain clearly in the nomination letter(s) why the investigator is creative, innovative and promising. The proposed research proram has breakthrough potential and reflects that promise and a sense of adventure and creativity.   
  • Put the work and its significance in context of the larger field. And differentiates.
  • Are accessible to a group of very successful scientists from a diverse set of fields (i.e. stay away from field specific jargon).
  • Have high impact referees that can emphasize the significance and impact of the nominee's career. 

Review and Notification

The Vice President for Research, in consultation with others, will determine which applicants should move forward. U-M nominees will be notified promptly of his or her selection and must then prepare and submit completed applications (after routing through U-M’s eRPM) to the Packard Foundation in April 2017. Additional information and guidelines for preparation are posted on the Foundation website.


Direct questions regarding this competition to We acknowledge receipt of all electronic submissions.

  • For questions about how to prepare applications, proposals or submissions, please contact your department's Research Administrator.
  • For questions regarding the review process and best practices in preparing your concept paper, please direct them to Maureen Martin in Foundation Relations (
  • For questions regarding the internal competition deadline, please direct them to UMOR via Tricia M. Ebright (