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Vahlteich Research Award

History of the Award

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The Vahlteich Research Awards in the UIC College of Pharmacy are funded by the income generated by the Hans and Ella McCollum Vahlteich Endowment Fund. This fund was created from the estates of the Drs. Vahlteich following their death and totaled nearly $1.4 million. Hans, who earned his Graduate in Pharmacy (PhG) and Pharmaceutical Chemist (PhC) degrees from the college in 1917 and 1918, respectively, died in August 1989; Ella, who earned her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from Columbia University, died in November of 1984. To date, the award has provided over 1.5 million dollars for research.  Ms. Beverly DeLaney, Hans and Ella’s daughter (pictured in the center with former Vahlteich recipients), maintains active interest in the program.

Vahlteich Award has been used to support research by early career faculty members in the College of Pharmacy via competitive internal grants.  These grants encourage preliminary studies and innovative research and lead to the development of continuing research programs.  Former Vahlteich recipients continue to succeed, with 90% of Scholars securing NIH grants among other sources of their funding.

Thank You - Vahlteich/DeLaney Family

Dr. Micheal Federle discusses the impact the Vahlteich Award had on his lab and continues to have on the UIC College of Pharmacy in general in this video.

Congratulations to 2018 Vahlteich Award Recipient

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Laura Sanchez

Vahlteich Chair Grag Thatcher presented the 2018 Award to Dr. Laura Sanchez during the Research Day Award Ceremony on February 9, 2018.  Her project is titled "Dissecting host-microbe chemical communication in pathogenic relationships".

The 2018 Application Cycle is now open!  Letters of intent are due August 31, 2018.

Program Snapshot


To provide seed money in support of research by junior faculty members.

Please Note: Bridge funding is NOT available at this time.

Letter of Intent: 8/31/18 - download here

Full Application: 11/2/18

Award Notification:  2/8/2018


Tenure track College of Pharmacy faculty members prior to obtaining any major (R01-level or equivalent) funding.

Must have given or scheduled a specific aims meeting in the year prior to application.


Up to $50,000/year


For questions about application process and instructions, contact Lindsey McQuade,, 312-413-7648.

For programmatic/scientific questions, contact Dr. Greg Thatcher,, 312-996-7820.


The original Vahlteich Research Scholar Award was established in 1993 “to be used by the College of Pharmacy by the University of Illinois for research in the fields of biochemistry, microbiology, human nutrition and/or organic chemistry.” Since then, the award has funded 34 research projects.

The goal of Vahlteich Research Award is to support research by faculty members in the College of Pharmacy via competitive internal grants. These grants should lead to the development of continuing research programs and can be used to obtain preliminary data for external applications. Awards are for one year only and are not renewable.


Eligibility is limited to College of Pharmacy tenure track faculty. Eligible faculty member can submit only one Vahlteich application as a principal investigator in any given year. Applicants can participate in one other application provided that the role is not that of a principal investigator or Co-PI. Resubmission of an application that was not funded is allowed. Because the awards are partly based on need, applicant’s external funding sources will be considered.  Applicants with current NIH R01 grant or equivalent are not eligible. Applicants either need to have presented, or have scheduled, a specifics aims meeting in the year preceding the application (contact if you need to schedule a specific aims meeting prior to the application deadline).


The application should be for an NIH R01, R03, R21, or MIRA (R35) proposal. No preliminary data is required but might be included if available.

Full Application (by invitation only)

  • Proposals should consist of the following materials in the sequence specified:
    1. Cover Page.  Use the cover page provided (attached).
    2. Specific Aims.  Limit to 1 page. State concisely the goals of the proposed research and summarize the expected outcome(s), including the impact that the results of the proposed research will exert on the research field(s) involved. List succinctly the specific objectives of the research proposed in this application, and specific plans to obtain continuing external support for the project.
    3. Research Plan. Limit to 6 pages (R03, R21, and R35) or 12 pages (R01).  Organize the Research Strategy as indicated in the SF424 instructions (, i.e. address significance, innovation, and approach).  Preliminary data is not required but can be included.
    4. References Cited.  No page limit.
    5. Budget. Limit to 2 pages. Use attached Excel form. Provide enough details (so that reviewers can understand which part of the project will be studied) and brief personnel justification.
    6. Biosketch.  Provide biosketch for the principal investigator in the NIH format. Limit to 5 pages. 
    • Follow NIH formatting instructions to prepare the proposal (Arial 11 pt font, 0.5 in margins all around).  Include page numbers in the center of the footer, and applicant’s last name at top right in the header.
    • E-mail the application as a single pdf document to

Review and Selection Process       

Funded applicants will be notified prior to 2/8/19 and provided with written summary statements by 3/15/19.

Post-Award Requirements

Vahlteich recipients will be recognized during the annual Research Day award ceremony on February 8, 2019.  They may be asked to present a seminar highlighting their findings during the COP Faculty Retreat in a year following their award.