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​Internal SELECTIONS Program

[Internal selection for Federal and PRIVATE awards limiting the number of proposals from one institution]


Many extramural grant programs allow only a limited number of applications per institution, whether by invitation‐only submission (typically foundations, e.g. Pew, Searle, Mallinckrodt, Rita Allen) or an open call by a federal agency. The early career awards of prestigious foundations provide substantial career benefit, recognition and reputational value to faculty and to WUSTL. Federal programs provide strategic funding for research instrumentation and center support. The process for communicating funding opportunities and selecting the faculty member or program to represent WUSTL as the external applicant(s) is referred to as “internal selections” or “limited competitions." Internal selections outside the scope of this process include, but are not limited to, scholarships, buildings, professorships, and some institutional proposals.

Critical elements of an effective internal selections program include: communication of opportunities and eligibility; selection committee formation; internal application adjudication and candidate(s) selection; and candidate mentoring. The aims are to: (1) Assure clarity, consistency, transparency, and trust in the process; (2) Effective communication to both the candidates and the selection committee regarding the goals of the funders and characteristics of previous winners; and (3) Improve the success rate of Washington University candidates.

Committees and key coordinating representatives are convened by the Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) to review internal candidates and select nominees. The largest committee, the New Investigator Awards Review Committee, is led by Professors Susan K. Dutcher (Co-Chair), PhD, Professor of Genetics, School of Medicine and Joseph Jez (Co-Chair), PhD, Professor of Biology, School of Arts and Sciences. A list of all committees and points of contact convened by the VCR for internal competitions may be found here.​