The A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at the University of Michigan is dedicated to supporting physician-researchers in their quest for new treatments and cures.

Currently, the institute offers two types of unrestricted grants, as well as an emeritus status for scholars whose terms expire.  Candidates are thought leaders in their fields, and applications are vetted by a Scientific Review Committee comprised of eminent academic medical experts nationwide.

Grantees are known as Taubman Scholars and are required to provide annual scientific progress reports as well as participate in the community of scholars via regular chalk talks, symposia, mentoring program, outreach events and scientific collaboration.

Taubman Scholars

Taubman Scholars are full professors on the University of Michigan medical school faculty, who also operate their own basic research laboratories.  Many also hold leadership positions at the U-M Medical School and health system, and in professional societies related to their field.   As a group they are highly productive, authoring hundreds of highly-cited papers in peer-reviewed journals each year, initiating dozens of human clinical trials of new therapies and often involved in biomedical start-ups or patenting new discoveries.

Taubman Scholar grants are $150,000 per year for three years, with a new class of scholars named on a regular cycle.

Taubman Emerging Scholars

Taubman Emerging Scholar grants provide $200,000 over five years and are intended to keep early-career clinician-scientists engaged in the research arena while developing credentials for NIH and foundation funding.

Monies for Emerging Scholar grants do not come from the institute’s general fund but rather are provided on a one-to-one basis by philanthropists who wish to support a particular area of inquiry. Candidates are vetted by an internal committee and presented to prospective donors by a University of Michigan fundraising officer.

The grants are awarded to faculty at the assistant professor level, on an as-available basis.  In addition to financial funding, Emerging Scholars enjoy mentoring, collaboration and career development advice from Taubman Scholars and Scholars Emeriti.

Scholars Emeriti

Recognizing the immeasurable benefits of collaboration and fraternization among scholars, that go beyond the monetary value of the grants, the role of Scholar Emeriti has been created to maintain ties with scholars whose grant terms expire.  These senior physician-researchers remain connected to the institute via leadership roles, mentoring of Emerging Scholars and participation in strategic planning efforts.  They receive a $5,000 annual expenses stipend.