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Deadline: 01/31/2024 (Tentative)

The University of Pennsylvania has been invited to nominate two PhD students for the Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation in biomedicine, broadly defined.  See the flyer for details. 

Penn coordinates an internal competition.  The deadline for the internal competition is January 31, 2023, 11:59 PM EST.  PhD students who believe -- in conjunction with their PI -- that they would be competitive applicants are encouraged to apply.

To be considered for Penn nomination, applicants must email to

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 2-page single-spaced description of the applicant’s “dream research idea” in the field of Biomedical Science
  • Applicants must also request a letter of recommendation from your Penn faculty advisor, to be mailed by the recommender directly to

All application materials, including the recommender’s letter, must be received by January 31, 2023. A faculty selection committee will select Penn’s two nominees and the Provost’s Office will submit the Penn nominees to Regeneron.

Applicants should not submit the application directly to Regeneron. If you have questions, please contact Anita Mastroieni at

Two important additional notes:

1 - The proposed work should be entirely original, and therefore not an extension of the applicant’s current work, or that of the applicant’s PI. While such work is of value, this prize seeks to reward original thinking, and therefore we will penalize entries that are simple extensions of current efforts.

2 - The Selection Committee will review proposals not only based on scientific merit but also on creativity and originality. The Committee is looking for novel work that is clearly different from applicants’ current and previous work. To judge novelty, Committee members may search for and review publications from applicants’ current labs, applicants’ previous publications, and applicants’ previous grant applications.

Note: The University can also nominate two Postdoctoral Fellows. Contact James McGonigle at in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research for details on the postdoc competition.

Contact Information

Dr. Wallace Genser for PhD student applicants

Josie Rook for postdoctoral applicants







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