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The Robert F. Furchgott Society

The Robert F. Furchgott Scholar

This award is given to post-graduate level trainees in the basic and/or clinical sciences who have made outstanding scientific contributions to their chosen area of study. The award provides support in the form of a grant of up to $10,000, to be used at the scholar's discretion.

Who is eligible?

To qualify for this award, an applicant must possess an MD, a PhD, MD/PhD, or a foreign equivalent of such degrees, and must currently be actively engaged in post-graduate or fellowship-level training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The applicant may have a non-tenure track appointment; however, tenure-track faculty members and paid support staff (i.e. laboratory technicians) are not eligible. The research upon which the scholarship is judged must have been performed in affiliation with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Nominations can be submitted by the applicant's research advisor or by the applicant directly.

Nominations require:

  1. A letter from the research advisor describing the applicant's role in designing, executing, and interpreting the results of the project.
  2. An abstract describing the research project (no more than 250 words)
  3. The applicant's curriculum vitae

Selected applicants will present a 15-minute oral presentation to members of the Robert F. Furchgott Review Committee in May 2015.

The application package must be electronically submitted as a single PDF file to by April 10, 2015.

RFFS review committee meetings are not open to the public. RFFS review committee members will notdiscuss an application with the candidate or the candidate's mentor outside of the RFFS committee meetings. A mentor of a candidate who is a member of a RFFS review committee will not participate in the review of the candidate. RFFS review committee members will also recuse themselves should there be an appearance of any other form of conflict-of-interest, at the discretion of the committee chair.

A maximum of two Robert F. Furchgott Scholars will be awarded per year. It two awards are made, one will go to a basic researcher and one to a clinical researcher. If one award is made, it may go to either a basic researcher or to a clinical researcher. The Scholar will be presented with a plaque at the Annual Robert F. Furchgott Visiting Professorship Lecture.

For further information contact Rose Jackman at extension 4786.