Beckman Young Investigators Program

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.


The following general guidelines apply:


The following are eligibility qualifications:


Complete the LETTER OF INTENT FORM consisting of a brief description of the proposed work that is understandable to a multidisciplinary group of scientific reviewers. The description should make clear the rationale for the proposed work, its potential importance, the approach to be taken and the potential significant outcomes. Incomplete or late forms will be disqualified from the competition and will not be evaluated.

An original and one copy of the LETTER OF INTENT must be submitted WITHOUT STAPLES and no double-sided pages. The Foundation must also receive this LETTER OF INTENT in a PDF file via email (

Completed LETTERS OF INTENT should be mailed to:
BYI Program Administrator
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
P O Box 13219
Newport Beach, CA 92658

or sent via ground delivery (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.) to:
BYI Program Administrator
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
100 Academy
Irvine, CA 92617


The LETTER OF INTENT, as described above, must be submitted to the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation prior to MONDAY, October 3, 2011, 5:00 P.M. PST. Materials received after Monday, October 3, 2011 will be eliminated from the competition.

Potential candidates for BYI Application submission will be notified in December, 2011. Further instructions for application content will be made available upon invitation to submit a full application. Notifications of awards will be made in late spring. The funds for a given year of support may be disbursed by the Foundation in four quarterly payments over a given year, beginning in September.

Should candidates be selected to submit an application for the 2012 Beckman Young Investigator program, they will also be responsible for providing the following items:

Because of the excessive administrative requirements involved, the Foundation is unable to provide critical commentary on unsuccessful proposals.