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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, to underwrite the cost of research related activities, including supplies, equipment, and travel costs. Furchgott Scholars will present their research at a center-wide seminar within a year of receiving the award.


Who is eligible?

To qualify for this award, applicants must possess a MD, a PhD, or the foreign equivalent of these 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 staffs (i.e. Laboratory technicians) are not eligible. The research upon which the scholarship is judged must have been done 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
  4. Selected applicants will present a 15-minute oral presentation to members the Robert F. Furchgott Review Committee in April 2014.

The application package must be electronically submitted as a single PDF file to RFFS@downstate.edu by March 22, 2014


The Robert F. Furchgott Scholar will have a grant account established at the Research Foundation of State University of New York. This grant must be used within one year (with the possibility of a six month no cost extension). The Scholar will be presented with a plaque at the Annual Robert F. Furchgott Visiting Professorship Lecture, and will be invited to attend the RFFS members-only event in 2013