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1. The mission of the Foundation is to provide important support for the field of radiation sciences, and specifically in the form of scholarships and other financial assistance to young investigators in the field of radiation sciences.

2. There has been a generalized failure to maintain young investigators within the sciences encompassed by the term “radiation research” beyond the graduate/post-doctoral stages. Contributing factors include declining funding
and/or decreasing numbers of job opportunities, particularly within academia. Early career scientists are particularly vulnerable, given their relative lack of experience in grant writing, limited access to mentors, and limited job protection; and they consequently experience difficulty in the acquisition of funding for their research.

3. The term “young investigator” is defined as a person who has completed the terminal degree within the previous 10 years; who holds an academic rank no higher than Assistant Professor, Associate Research Scientist, or its equivalent; and is not the Principal Investigator of a nationally peer-reviewed, multi-year research grant from NIH,
NASA, DOD, or equivalent.

4. The Foundation will accomplish its mission by providing small grants that will aid young investigators in acquiring independent funding. The term “grants” will be used to describe monies awarded for (although not limited to) the following purposes: to partially or completely cover travel to radiation research-relevant meetings; to fund specific pilot projects that will lead to funding opportunities; and to provide funding that will allow for short-term sabbaticals in order to meet with mentors and/or receive instruction in relevant technique(s) or technologies within the field of radiation sciences. As required by the specific purpose to be funded, grants may be made to individuals (e.g., travel awards), the investigator’s institution (e.g., funds for pilot research projects), or to an appropriate other charitable and/or educational organization (e.g., the Radiation Research Society) that will award and administer the designated funds.

5. Through this mission, it is hoped that the Foundation will help to advance young investigators in the fields of the radiation sciences, thus maintaining the vitality of the radiation research sciences in general and the Radiation
Research Society specifically, to the benefit of many.

6. It is expressly intended that (a) the Foundation shall be exempt from federal and state income tax and (b) any transfers made to the Foundation shall qualify for a charitable deduction under the applicable provisions of
the Internal Revenue Code. Any questions applicable to the Foundation shall be resolved accordingly.
No powers or discretion of any Director or officer with respect to the Foundation shall be exercised or exercisable except in a manner consistent with this intent.

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