Why partner with LSRF to sponsor post-doctoral fellows?

The proof of our success is the accomplishments of our nearly 550 alumni over a 35 year period. The large and diverse peer review team, and the supervision of a distinguished advisory board guarantee selection of the highest quality young scientists at this crucial stage of their training. LSRF not only carries out the reviewing and selection process but also administers the program, all for the remarkably low overhead of less than 4%.

The process of selecting LSRF finalists

Deadline for applications is October 1 each year. The review process is completed by February. Details of the process including the names of the large review team can be found elsewhere on this web site. Each year we screen over 1000 applications and choose 55-60 eligible finalists. These finalists are the highest quality young scientists in all areas of the life sciences. The number of finalists awarded funding depends on the success of securing sponsors for funding. We were able to fund 34 finalists from our 2016 class, 24 finalists from our 2017 class and 26 finalists from our 2018 class.

How LSRF matches sponsors with finalists

Once the selection committee has identified the top candidates as finalists, sponsors have the option of choosing whom they want to support. Should they choose this option, LSRF will send applications of finalists based on the sponsor’s research interests. Sponsors have no obligation to support any fellow whom they review.

Present and past sponsors

Here is a list of our diverse sponsors. They include research oriented pharmaceutical companies, a medical research organization, disease targeted foundations, basic research oriented foundations, individual philanthropists, and one government-granting agency. We are a perfect partner for anyone who above all wishes to support the highest quality research in the life sciences. Please see the list of our Sponsors on the right side of this page

Current cost to sponsors:

$65,000 per year for three years. Total of $195,000.
$52,000 per year is salary. This does not change over the three years.
$10,000/year is an institutional allowance for exclusive use by the fellow.
$3000/year is kept by LSRF for our expenses (<4%).

The host institution receives no overhead.

When fellows leave their post doctoral position early the unspent money is refunded to the sponsor.

Although sponsors are asked to pay LSRF the yearly amount ($65,000) by July of each year other convenient payment schedules can be arranged to suit the sponsor. The money is disbursed quarterly by LSRF to an authorized institutional official. 

Additional benefits for sponsoring an LSRF fellow

Sponsors and their fellows are encouraged to meet. The fellow agrees to visit the sponsor for one day each year at the sponsor’s initiative.

All fellows attend an October annual meeting. Sponsors, advisory board, peer review committee and invited guests attend. 

Use and limitations of fellowship:

Use of the institutional allowance by fellow
Escrow fund
Eligibility of fellows and their host institutions
Patent policy

The Life Sciences Research Foundation is a non-profit, public foundation. All donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible and our tax ID# is: 52-1231801.