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Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering


David and Lucile Packard Foundation

PI Eligibility:
Texas A&M University faculty are eligible.

Candidates must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering and must be within the first three years of their faculty careers. Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering.

Institutional Eligibility: 
Your proposal will need to be submitted in the name of Texas A&M University. The proposal will be prepared and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS)

Number of Applications: 2
Institutions may nominate only two young faculty members.

The intent of the Fellowship Program is to provide support for unusually creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award. It is further the intent of the Foundation to emphasize support for innovative individual research that involves the Fellows, their students, and junior colleagues, rather than extensions or components of large-scale, ongoing research programs.

In 1988, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation established the Fellowships for Science and Engineering Program to support young faculty in the natural sciences and engineering.  The Packard Fellowships provide research support in the amount of $875,000 awarded over five years.  Of the $175,000 paid each year, $17,500 is available to the university as compensation for administrative costs.  In 2012, the Foundation’s Fellowship Advisory Panel will select 16 Fellows from nominations submitted by the presidents of 50 selected universities.
2 nominations from the Texas A&M University President must be returned to the Packard Foundation no later than March 15, 2012.
The deadline for nominees to submit their application information is April 20, 2012.  Incomplete applications or applications received after this date will not be considered. For your convenience, we have also enclosed a copy of the program guidelines, which outline the nomination and application instructions.  These guidelines are also posted on our website at

February 23, 2012, 5:00 pm:
  Deadline for an email of intent, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project. 

Send email of intent to

February 29, 2012, 5:00 pm:  Deadline to submit an internal proposal.  All proposals submitted for the Limited Submissions must be submitted electronically using the on-line application system, which is available at:

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal, the sections will include a 1-3 page Research Plan Summary, Bio-sketch, and a budget.

This site is password protected. Texas A&M University tenure or tenure track faculty may use their neo password to access the system. To change your password go to:, click on "Forget your password?" and enter the email account you used to setup your account.  If you need to setup a new account go to:, click on "Need an eProposal Account," fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact or 979.845.1811.

March 5 , 2011: The Internal Selection Committee will notify PIs of the result of the internal competition.

March 15, 2012:  Nominations from the Texas A&M University President are due by 5:00 proposer’s time.

April 20, 2012:  The deadline for nominees to submit their application information by 5:00 proposer’s time.

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.