Dr. George Rosenkranz Prize for Health Care Research in Developing CountriesFellowship
Application period closed on May 11, 2012.
The Dr. George Rosenkranz Prize is awarded to a young Stanford researcher whose work aims to improve access to effective health care in the developing world. Dr. Rosenkranz committed his career to reducing health disparities across the globe, and this prize honors his work. Aimed at fostering innovative and thoughtful research, the Rosenkranz Prize is a stipend of US$100,000 to foster innovative, thoughtful research over a two-year period. The Rosenkranz Prize is not simply a financial resource—it will also give its recipients an incubating network as they develop their careers. Eligible recipients include Stanford research associates, postdoctoral students or Stanford professors early in their career, without respect to chronological age, from the disciplines of science, engineering, medicine, health policy, environmental and earth sciences, political science, economics, law, business, the humanities or from any multidisciplinary partnership that combines these disciplines.
Dr. Rosenkranz has devoted his career to improving healthcare access across the world. Born in Hungary in 1916 and trained in chemistry by Nobel Prize winner Leopold Ruzicka, Dr. Rosenkranz helped first synthesize Cortisone in 1951. This remarkable discovery—made in Mexico by Dr. Rosenkranz and a team of similarly youthful scientists—shaped Dr. Rosenkranz’s career of far-reaching, innovative work. In that same decade, Dr. Rosenkranz’s team would synthesize the active ingredient for the first oral birth control. Partnering with a Wall Street investor for further drug development, Dr. Rosenkranz became CEO of Syntex, a position he held until 1981.
Committed to the country where he started his career, Dr. Rosenkranz helped found the Mexican National Institute for Genomic Medicine. His work was honored by the President in Mexico in 2001 with the Eduardo Liceaga Medal. An inductee in the Bridge Hall of Fame in 2000, Dr. Rosenkranz lives with his wife in Menlo Park, CA, and has three children.
What the Prize Entails
The Rosenkranz Prize Award Committee will convene to choose a Stanford researcher whose work fulfills the vision of the award. The committee includes former Stanford President Donald Kennedy, Stanford Health Policy Director Douglas Owens, Senior Associate Dean for Global Health Michele Barry, Center on Food Security and the Environment Director Rosamond Naylor, and Professor of Medicine and Mechanical Engineering Paul Yock.
The Rosenkranz Award winner will receive US$100,000 over two years. This stipend will provide its recipient with support that may include—but is not limited to—research costs, defrayment of travel expenses and publication costs. The Rosenkranz selection committee will also serve as mentors to the recipient, advising on research concepts and providing a greater network of health insiders.
At the end of the award, the Rosenkranz recipient will present research findings accomplished with stipend support. Beyond the two years of funding, the Rosenkranz recipient will remain part of the Rosenkranz Award network.
Who is Eligible: Focus on Young Researchers
The Rosenkranz Prize is intended for young Stanford researchers—research associates, postdoctoral students, early-career faculty-- whose work focuses on improving healthcare access in the developing world. The recipient can come from the disciplines of science, engineering, medicine, health policy, environmental and earth sciences, political science, economics, law, business, the humanities, or from any multidisciplinary partnership that combines these disciplines. All applicants must be enrolled in or employed by Stanford during the duration of the two-year award.
In the current scientific climate, most NIH grants go to established researchers. The Rosenkranz Prize aims to stimulate the work of Stanford’s bright young stars—researchers who have the desire to improve healthcare access in the developing world, but lack the resources.
Throughout his career, Dr. Rosenkranz valued the talent and insight of young researchers. While working at Syntax, Dr. Rosenkranz mentored teams of young scientists who went on to develop several major medications including dermatological steroids and one of the leading nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents. This award embodies Dr. Rosenkranz’s belief that young scientists hold the spirit, curiosity and drive necessary to find alternative solutions to longstanding healthcare dilemmas. His own career burgeoned from mentorship, and this award continues that tradition by creating a network of scientists devoted to improving healthcare access and helping one another in their respective pursuits.
How to Apply
The Rosenkranz Prize application deadline is May 11, 2012. A decision will be made in early June. The official start date for the award will be September 1, 2012.
In making its award decision, the selection committee seeks both an innovative thinker and an inspiring project. The person must have a record of accomplishment and promise as a researcher. The project must be innovative and embody a scalable concept for improving healthcare access in the developing world.
Each candidate must submit:
1) A current CV
2) Two page maximum proposal describing the research and its relationship to the goals of the award. Use this space to explain the feasibility of the vision, as well asthe role of innovation in achieving better health care outcomes in the developing world.
3) Three supporting nomination letters
4) A completed Rosenkranz Award routing form (available on Stanford Health Policy website)
Please submit your application via pdf to email@example.com. Please have supporting letters emailed directly to Chelsea Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications must be received by 5:00pm May 11, 2012.