PURPOSE: To help people by supporting nonprofit organizations through 

the improvement of scientific knowledge, education, health, culture, 

employment opportunities, the environment, and quality of life.

DEADLINE: 12/15/99

SUMMARY: The guidelines on the web site present our current grantmaking

programs and are designed to assist you in preparing the most 

appropriate grant application for consideration in 1999. Nearly all

Science Program grants are awarded in response to requests for proposal

issued by the foundation. The Science Program assigns most of its

support to the following areas: ocean science; fellowships for science

and engineering; interdisciplinary science; the scientific and

technical education of African Americans, American Indians, and other

underrepresented groups; and science in developing countries. 

Proposal Guidelines

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a private foundation 

incorporated under California law. We accept grant proposals only 

from tax-exempt, charitable organizations. 

Grant applicants are requested to take special note of the following: 

We do not accept proposals that benefit specific individuals or that 

serve religious purposes. 

The application procedure for the Organizational Effectiveness Program

differs from other areas. Please see the Organizational Effectiveness


Unsolicited proposals are not accepted in the following areas: 

--Fellowships for Science and Engineering

--Historically Black Colleges and Universities Science Program

--Scholars Program for Chemistry, Physics, and Math

--Tribal Colleges Science Program

--Tribal Scholars Program

--California Land Transactions 

When to Apply

Members of the Board of Trustees review proposals at quarterly 

meetings. The following is a schedule of deadlines for receipt of 

proposals and Board meetings:

Proposal Deadline         Board Meeting

December 15               March 2000

March 15                  June 2000

June 15                   September 2000

September 15              December 2000

What the Letter of Inquiry Should Include

The Letter of Inquiry should provide a descriptive title for the

project and should explain the project's objectives, significance,

funding needs, and relationship to the specific grantmaking priorities

of the Packard Foundation.

What the Proposal Should Include

Proposals for all program areas - with the exception of the

Organizational Effectiveness Program, the Pueblo, Colorado, Program

and special Foundation initiatives- must include the following

important elements: 

Cover Letter 

--Brief description of the applying organization and proposed program

--Amount of request

--Organization's legal name as it appears on its IRS exemption letter, 

  address, and telephone number

--Name and phone number of appropriate contact person

Background Information 

--History and purpose of the organization

--People and groups the organization serves

Specific Request 

--Description of the proposed program and its objectives

--Evidence showing a need for the program and its value

--Geographic area to be served

--Outline of program phases, from beginning to end

--Anticipated methods of evaluation

Personnel Information 

--Organization personnel who will implement the program and their 


--Names and principal affiliations of directors, senior staff, 

  and trustees

Financial Information 

This information is necessary to make a grant request complete. Please 

be certain the follow items are included in your proposal:

--Detailed program budget showing other sources of funding and the 

  amount requested from the Foundation

--Overall organizational budget covering the years during which the 

  proposed program will take place

--Most recent annual financial statements, preferably audited

--Statement of the sources of organization funds, both public and private


--A copy of the organization's IRS exemption letter

--Documentation that the proposal is supported by the organization's 

  board of directors, for example meeting minutes

--Colleges and universities should provide written institutional 

  endorsement from the president, provost, dean, or development 


--Any other supporting materials that would be helpful in evaluating 

  the proposal

Where to Send the Proposal

Address one copy of the proposal to the staff member in your area of 

interest (see Foundation Contacts) and mail to: 

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

300 Second Street, Suite 200

Los Altos, California 94022 

Review Process

The Foundation makes every effort to notify an applicant as soon as we 

receive a proposal. Program staff members review each proposal to 

determine whether it falls within the Foundation's areas of interest 

and fits funding priorities. When a proposal matches our criteria, 

staff members generally meet with the applicant prior to making 

recommendations to the Board. In addition to making grants, whenever 

possible Foundation staff members provide potential network contacts, 

advice, and other assistance to applicants. 

During the review process, we may ask various people for information, 

including the organization's board members, other agencies and 

grantmakers, clients, and members of the community. If you do not 

wish us to contact any of these sources, please let us know. 

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation was created in 1964 by 

David Packard and Lucile Salter Packard. They believed America to be 

the home of a unique type of organization dependent upon private 

funding and volunteer leadership. Guided by the personal commitment 

of many individuals, these nonprofits complement government efforts 

to meet the needs of society. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation 

continues to support nonprofit organizations with the hope that we can 

help people through the improvement of scientific knowledge, education,

health, culture, employment opportunities, the environment, and quality 

of life. 

Program Overview

The Foundation has a long-standing interest in 

strengthening both university-based research and graduate education.

In 1988, the Foundation established the Packard Fellowships for Science 

and Engineering to allow the nation's most promising young professors to 

pursue their science and engineering research with few funding 

restrictions and limited paperwork requirements.

Every year, the Foundation's Scientific Advisory Committee, made up of 

distinguished scientists and engineers, invites the presidents of 50 

universities to nominate two young professors each from their 

institutions. Nominations are carefully reviewed by the committee, which 

selects 24 Fellows to receive individual grants of $125,000 annually for 

five consecutive years. 

The Award

Each Fellowship, awarded to the recipient's university, provides 

$125,000 per year for five years and is subject to satisfactory progress 

made in the research work of the Fellow. Of the $125,000 awarded each 

year, $12,500 is made available to the university as compensation for 

administrative costs.

The Fellowship may be used for any reasonable research expenditure, 

including equipment, supplies, technical or secretarial support, 

graduate student support, travel, summer salary, salary offset for 

released time from teaching, and the like. The regular salary of the 

Fellow is to be paid by the university.

Funds not used during the year may be carried forward through the five-

year grant period and for one additional year.

Fields of Interest

Candidates must be engaged in research in the natural sciences or 

engineering. Disciplines that will be considered include physics, 

chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth 

science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering.

Recognizing that there are certain areas of contemporary science and 

engineering that already have access to relatively generous funding (for 

example, medical research, space research, physics research associated 

with large national accelerators, and applied research of direct 

relevance to national security), the Packard Fellowships are directed to 

other, less generously supported fields. Candidates engaged in research 

in the social sciences will not be considered.

It is 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. 

Nomination Procedure

Nominations are requested from the presidents of 50 universities that 

have been recommended to the Foundation by the Scientific Advisory 

Committee. Two nominations may be made by the president of each 

institution. Candidates must be young faculty members in the first three 

years of their faculty careers, that is, whose appointments began no 

earlier than May 31, 1995, and no later than May 31, 1998.

Because it is the intent of the Fellowship program 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.

For a description of the documents required for nomination.

Selection Process

Nominations submitted to the Foundation by university presidents are 

reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Committee which makes 

recommendations to the Foundation's Board of Trustees. The Board then 

makes the final decision. Packard Fellowships are awarded without regard 

to age, race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or 

physical disability.

Timing of Awards

Requests for nominations will be sent to the university presidents

no later than Tuesday, February 16, 2000, and their nominations

must be received by the Foundation on or before Friday, May 28,

2000. Awards will be announced on or before Friday, October 15, 2000.

Reporting Requirements

The Packard Fellowships program seeks to keep reporting requirements to 

a minimum. However, because this award is dependent upon satisfactory 

research progress, a brief report of accomplishments will be required 

each year. In addition, a financial report of actual expenditures must 

be submitted annually. Fellows will also be invited to give a 

presentation to other Fellows and the Scientific Advisory Committee 

toward the end of the first and fifth years and to make poster 

presentations in other years.

Program Modifications

This program may be modified from time to time as experience is gained 

from its operation. Suggestions for modification will be solicited on a 

continuing basis from the Scientific Advisory Committee and from 

the Fellows. The Board of Trustees of the David and Lucile Packard 

Foundation reserves the right to make any changes it considers desirable 

at any time.

Nomination Documents

1. Nomination form from the president of the university

This form should state the nominee's name and address, departmental 

affiliation, sponsoring institution's name, and president's name and 

address. It should not include any written comments.

2. Curriculum vitae

The nominee's curriculum vitae should be prepared in the requested 

format using the forms provided. Other versions should not be attached.

3. Statement of current external research support

The nominee must list all external sources of research support. Although 

Fellowships are awarded based on scientific merit as evaluated by the 

Scientific Advisory Committee, current external support will be 

considered during the review process. In the event that two nominees 

have research work of equivalent scientific merit, the Fellowship is 

more likely to be awarded to the individual with limited current 

research support.

4. Statement by the nominee

Not to exceed two typewritten pages

The nominee must submit a statement that describes why the research is 

important and outlines general goals for the next five years. The 

statement should also indicate, in general, how funds would be used. 

This does not need to be a detailed budget and will not be binding on 

the actual use of funds.

5. Recommendation by nominee's department head

Not to exceed two typewritten pages

This letter should describe from first hand knowledge the nominee's 

ability to do creative research. Emphasis in this letter should be given 

to information not available in other letters of recommendation.

6. Recommendations from outside the university

Not to exceed two typewritten pages

Recommendations must be submitted from three people outside the 

university who are personally familiar with the nominee's work and 

creative ability. At least one recommendation must be from a person who 

has had no supervisory or collaborative contact with the nominee. These 

letters must be sent directly to the Packard Foundation independent of 

the package prepared by the university. As these letters are integral to 

the review process, nominees are encouraged to contact the Foundation 

via e-mail to ascertain whether or not recommendations have been 


7. List of publications

This form should list only complete articles published or in press. 

Abstracts and presentations should not be included. Additional pages may 

be added as necessary. 

List of Universities Invited to Submit Nominations in 1999: 

Brandeis University 

California Institute of Technology 

Carnegie-Mellon University 

Columbia University

Cornell University 

Duke University 

Georgia Institute of Technology 

Harvard University 

Indiana University 

Johns Hopkins University 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michigan State University 

New York University

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Northwestern University 

Pennsylvania State University

Princeton University 

Purdue University 

SUNY Stony Brook 

Stanford University 

Texas A&M University

University of Arizona 

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Davis 

University of California, Los Angeles 

University of California, San Diego 

University of California, San Francisco 

University of California, Santa Barbara 

University of California, Santa Cruz 

University of Chicago 

University of Colorado at Boulder 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Massachusetts

University of Michigan 

University of Minnesota

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh 

University of Rochester

University of Southern California

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas 

University of Utah

University of Virginia 

University of Washington 

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Washington University

Yale University


Annedore Kushner

Program Manager

Fellowships for Science and Engineering

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

300 Second Street, Suite 200

Los Altos, California 94022

Phone: 650-917-7148

E-mail: a.kushner@packfound.org



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0700000 Health & Safety, Medical & Biomedical Sciences

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00000A1 Target Groups & Beneficiaries

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1004000 Computer Science

0600000 Engineering

1010000 Mathematics

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1002000 Biological Sciences

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