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Office of the Provost

The Furth Fund

The Valerie and Frank Furth Fund provides awards to help foster the development of promising scientists in the natural and biological sciences.

2019 Furth Fund Awardees

Martina Anto-Ocrah, Assistant Professor, Deptartment of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine

Mauricio Ibanez-Mejia, Assistant Professor, Deptartment of Earth and Environmental Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences

Jinjiao Wang, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing


The Furth Fund was established through the generosity of Valerie and Frank Furth to help foster the development of promising scientists.

The Fund was created to provide early career scientists with $12,500 in research funds. These funds are used to promote the research activities of the faculty member, which may include the purchase of new equipment or support for graduate students or postdocs. The Furth Fund may not be used as a source of salary support for the faculty member.

Complete list of previous Furth Fund awardees

Who Is Eligible

Nominees should be tenure-track junior faculty appointed in natural and biological science departments within the School of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and the School of Nursing who have been hired within the past three academic years. Preference will be given to nominees who wish to use the award to support the active engagement of graduate students or postdocs in their research.

Nominations for tenure-track candidates being actively recruited for positions, but not yet hired, will also be accepted. Departments must have made an offer to the candidate before the nomination will be considered. The nomination materials should note the status of recruitment efforts and the anticipated date of the candidate’s decision.


The Provost will solicit nominations from the Deans. Completed nominations should be directed to Adele Coelho, Faculty Outreach Coordinator, 256 Wallis Hall, Box 270021 or via email at no later than Friday March 20, 2020.

The award recipient(s) will be announced in April.

All nominations must include the nominee’s curriculum vitae and a short (1-2 page) letter from the departmental chair describing the nominee’s research activities and proposed use of the funds, and an endorsement from the dean of the School. There is no limit to the number of nominations per School, but all nominations must be approved and submitted through the dean of the School.