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Listed below are a selection of funding opportunities for Early Career Faculty, from various sponsor agencies and foundations, in alphabetical order according to the agency. There is a short summary of the program included here, but please click on the links to each program to access the sponsors program page, where you will find more detailed instructions and eligibility requirements. This list is not an exhaustive list of all funding opportunities available.

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation September See Guidelines Sloan Fellowships $60,000 over 2 years The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field.
Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy September Translational Cancer Research Young Investigator Award $500,000 for 3-5 years. A number of cell and gene therapy approaches for cancer have been shown to be efficacious and safe in laboratory animal models in the recent years, but their translation into clinical trials has been hindered by a lack of resources. Recognizing this critical need, ACGT is accepting grant applications to produce and release-testing of the clinical trial agents under cGMP, conduct the necessary pre-clinical pharmacological and toxicological studies in appropriate animal models, and/or conducting the clinical translational trials in patients in support of an Investigative New Drug (IND) application to the FDA. While the unambiguous demonstration of preclinical efficacy in cancer treatment by cell and gene therapy is a pre-requisite, entering into the clinical trial during the funding period is also a requirement. Applications that do not include this specific aim will be deemed unresponsive to the RFA.
ALS Association January ALS Starter Grant $50,000 The ALS Association Research INVESTIGATOR-INITIATED RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM supports INNOVATIVE research of high scientific merit and relevance to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Alzheimer's Association May Alzheimer's Research Alzheimer's Association Research Grant (AARG) $150,000 for 2-3 years. "The Alzheimer’s Association Research (AARG) aims to fund investigators who are less than 15 years past their doctoral or medical degree or investigators that are new to Alzheimer’s and related dementia field of research. The purpose of this program is to provide newly independent investigators with funding that will allow them to develop preliminary or pilot data, to test procedures and to develop hypotheses. The intent is to support early-career development that will lay the groundwork for future research grant applications to the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and other funding agencies and groups, including future proposals to the Alzheimer's Association.
American Association of Cancer Research Various Cancer Various Various Our grants support researchers, both domestically and abroad, at every stage of their career, representing a global commitment to understanding, preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer.
American Asthma Association December Asthma Scholar's Awards $150,000 per year for up to 3 years. The AAF Scholars Program is devoted entirely to early- to mid-career investigators. Awards will go to investigators in the U.S. who are within 10 years of their first independent faculty appointment. We offer scientists the challenge, freedom and funding to pursue new ideas, without preliminary data. This is an exceptional opportunity for creativity, with the potential to significantly impact human health.
American Cancer Society April and October Cancer Research Scholar Grants $165,000 direct per year (plus 20% F&A) for up to 4 years. Research Scholar Grants support investigator-initiated projects across the cancer research continuum. Independent investigators in the first six years of an independent research career or faculty appointment are eligible to apply.
American Chemical Society October Petroleum Field Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Grants $110,000 over 2 years. Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) grants provide start-up funding for scientists and engineers in the United States who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or the equivalent. Applicants may have limited or no preliminary results for a research project they wish to pursue, with the intention of using the preliminary results obtained to seek continuation funding from other agencies. The DNI grants are to be used to illustrate proof of principle or concept, to test a hypothesis, or to demonstrate feasibility of an approach.
American Educational Research Association June Education Research Fellowship $20,000 The AERA Fellowship Program on the Study of Deeper Learning (AERA-SDL) supports postdoctoral and early career scholars in education research and thereby fosters excellence and rigor in the next generation of faculty members, research scientists, and scholars examining education topics and issues.
American Federation for Aging Research Check in 2016 Aging AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty $100,000 for 2 years. AFAR-supported investigators study a broad range of biomedical and clinical topics including the causes of cellular senescence, the role of estrogen in the development of osteoporosis, the genetic factors associated with Alzheimer's disease, the effects of nutrition and exercise on the aging process, and much more.
American Heart Association July Heart/Stroke Scientist Development Grant $77,000 per year for 3 years. To support highly promising beginning scientists in cardiovascular and stroke research between their initial research training and their complete independence.
American Heart Association July Heart/Stroke Scientist Development Grant $231,000 over 3 years. To support highly promising beginning scientists in cardiovascular and stroke research between their initial research training and their complete independence. The applicant must hold a faculty/staff position up to and including the rank of assistant professor (or equivalent). No more than four years may have elapsed since the first faculty/staff appointment (after receipt of doctoral degree) at the assistant professor level or equivalent (including, but not limited to, research assistant professor, research scientist, staff scientist, etc.).
American Liver Foundation December Liver Physiology/Disease ALF Research Awards Program $225,000 over 3 years. Applicants must apply within the first three years of his/her first faculty appointment.
American Lung Association and Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation May Lung Cancer in Women 2016 Momentum Research Award: Defeating Lung Cancer in Women $125,000 per year for 2 years. The American Lung Association and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation announce the first joint award that will support an early career scientist to conduct research investigating the unique burden of lung cancer among women. This grant is intended to fund innovative and transformational research with the potential for high clinical impact in diagnostic and treatment options for lung cancer in women.
American Mathematical Society December Mathematics AMS Centennial Fellowships $100,000 for 1 year. The AMS Centennial Research Fellowship Program makes awards annually to outstanding mathematicians to help further their careers in research. From 1997-2001, the fellowship program was aimed at recent PhDs. More recently, the AMS Council approved changes in the rules for the fellowships. The eligibility rules are listed on the website.
American Political Science Association December Political Science Congressional Fellowship Program $50,000 for 9.5 months. Political Science fellows have completed a PhD in the last 15 years or will have defended a dissertation in political science by November of the fellowship year. The program is open to scholars in all fields of study within political science who can show a scholarly interest in Congress and the legislative process. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.
American Society for Mass Spectrometry November Mass Spectrometry Research Awards $35,000 Open to academic scientists within four years of joining the tenure track faculty or equivalent in a North American university. Applicants may not have previously received an award under this program. Applicants must be members of ASMS.
American Society for Suicide Prevention September Suicide Prevention Young Investigator Innovation Grants $85,000 over 2 years. Grants awarded to investigators at or below the level of assistant professor. These grants must allocate $10,000 ($5,000 per year) of their award for an established suicide researcher to mentor the Young Investigator. AFSP is available to assist you in identifying a suitable mentor.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation April Speech/Hearing/Language New Investigators Research Grant $10,000 We support priority research in communication sciences and disorders, which leads to advances in treatment and new developments, such as the use of technology in assessment and intervention. ASHFoundation grants help launch research careers and are often instrumental in securing additional funding from other sources for continued research efforts.
Arthritis Foundation February Arthritis Arthritis Foundation Science Department Funding Opportunity Anyone or any team with a bold idea that shows great promise is eligible for this opportunity. The Arthritis Foundation is committed to seeking out and funding not only established researchers in science and technology, but also young investigators, entrepreneurs and innovators.
Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program November Bleeding Disorders Basic or Clinical research Early Career Investigator Award $100,000 per year for 2 years. This award will fund salary support and research funds for a junior faculty member who wishes to undertake a mentored basic and/or clinical research project in the bleeding disorders field. The applicant would be expected to dedicate a significant amount of time to the project.
Beckman Foundation August Life/Chemical Sciences Beckman Young Investigators Program $750,000 per year for 2 years. The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their 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.
Binational Science Foundation November See Guidelines Start-Up Research Grant $60,000 over 2 years (cost match required in Year 2). The Start-Up Grant Program is meant to help newly appointed researchers who are beginning their research careers and may not yet have initial results to show for their work. Projects must have a strong element of cooperation between an Israeli and an American scientist(s), and fall within the areas of research supported in that year by the BSF. In addition, at least one of the principal investigators should have attained his/her Ph.D., M.D. degree or equivalent, no more than ten years prior to submitting the proposal.
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation February Brain and Behavior Research NARSAD Young Investigator Grants $35,000 per year for 2 years. Awards are provided to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to serious brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders or child and adolescent mental illnesses.
Breast Cancer Alliance February Breast Cancer Young Investigator Grants $125,000 for 2 years. *Limited Submission* The Young Investigator grant is meant to encourage a commitment to breast cancer cresearch, the Breast Cancer Alliance invites clinical doctors and research scientists whose primary focus is breast cancer and who are in the early stages of their careers, to apply for funding for the Young Investigator Grant.
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation February Chemical Sciences Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program $75,000 for 1 year. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. *Limted Submission*
Chicago Community Trust September Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry Searle Scholars Program $100,000 per year for 3 years. *Limited Submission* The Searle Scholars Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position at a participating academic or research institution.
Cornell University- President’s Council of Cornell Women Deadline February 8, 2019 All areas Affinito-Stewart Grants Up to $10,000 The Affinito-Stewart Grants support the advancement of Cornell junior women faculty and increase the long-term retention of women faculty by providing seed funding for their research and other academic projects critical to the tenure process.

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Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America November/May Crohn's and Colitis Career Development Awards $90,000 per year for 1-3 years. Career Development Awards are mentored awards intended to facilitate the development of individuals with research potential to prepare for a career of independent basic and/or clinical investigation in the area of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation September Cystic Fibrosis Postdoc-to-Faculty Transition Awards $10,000 per year for postdoc phase, $110,000 per year for faculty phase. Awards will provide individuals up to five years of combined support for their research training (maximum of three years) and the initiation of their independent research career (two years). Candidates for this award can be identified any time during the first four years of their postdoctoral fellowship. This award is intended to provide an opportunity for promising postdoctoral fellows to hone research skills, develop into independent investigators and initiate an independent CF research program. Projects supported by this award may include research at the sub-cellular, cellular, animal or patient levels.
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation July Cancer Damon Runyon Innovation Award $150,000 per year for up to 4 years. The Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award is designed to provide support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with “high-risk/high-reward” ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer. The Innovation Award is specifically designed to provide funding to extraordinary early career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. It is not designed to fund incremental advances. The research supported by the award must be novel, exceptionally creative and, if successful, have the strong potential for high impact in the cancer field.
Department of Energy September Energy-Related Research Early Career Research Program At least $75,000 over 5 years. The Early Career Research Program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science. Opportunities exist in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP).
Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation December Cancer Research New Investigator Grants $30,000 per year. The purpose of this Request for Proposal is to fund early stage research that will explore new approaches to advance the current scientific knowledge about desmoid tumors, resulting in the development of new treatment options and bringing us closer to our ultimate goal -- a cure. Specifically, this RFP seeks applications from young investigators (at the rank of Associate Professor or below) who are new to desmoid tumor research and need seed funding to gather preliminary data to enable the applicant to apply for funding to support a more fully developed line of research in the future.
DoD- Air Force Office of Scientific Research July or August Basic Research Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) $120,000 for 3 years. The Air Force YIP supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering.
DoD- Army Research Office Open until March 2017 Related to Army Mission Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) $120,000 per year for 3 years. "Found under the ARO Section of the ARL Core Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research for Fiscal Years 2012 through 2017. YIP awards are one of the most prestigious honors bestowed by the Army on outstanding scientists beginning their independent careers. The objective of the YIP is to attract outstanding young university faculty Members to pursue fundamental research in areas relevant to the Army, to support their research in these areas, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Young investigators meeting eligibility requirements may submit a YIP proposal. Outstanding YIP projects may be considered for a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). "
DoD- DARPA January National Security Young Faculty Award The YFA program provides funding, mentoring and industry and DoD contacts to awardees early in their careers so they may develop their research ideas in the context of DoD needs. The program focuses on untenured faculty, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding. The long-term goal of the YFA program is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus a significant portion of their careers on DoD and national security issues.
DoD- Office of Naval Research November Basic, Applied and Technology Development Research Young Investigator Program (YIP) $170,000 per year for 3 years. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for its Young Investigator Program (YIP). ONR's Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, have begun their first appointment on or after 04 November 2011, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.
Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund March Neuroscience Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences $225,000 for 3 years. Aimed at advancing cutting-edge investigations, the awards are presented to highly promising, early career scientists. At this critical juncture in young investigators’ careers, when funding can be a challenge, the fellowship awards promote higher-risk, and potentially higher-reward, projects.
Foundation Fighting Blindness March Blindness Career Development Award $375,000 for 5 years. The goal of this Program is to facilitate advances in laboratory and clinical research, to elucidate the mechanisms for the etiology and pathogenesis of RDDs and to develop innovative strategies to prevent, treat and cure these diseases.
Foundation for Child Development June Child Development Young Scholars Program $225,000 for 2-3 years. The FCD Young Scholars Program (YSP) supports policy and practice-relevant research that is focused on the early learning and development needs of the nation’s children who are growing up under conditions of economic insecurity and social exclusion. All proposed research should focus on the ways in which the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the early care and education workforce (ECE workforce) can support young children’s growth and development across the birth through age eight continuum.
Global Probiotics Council February Probiotics/Microbiota Young Investigator Grant $50,000 for 1 year. This program seeks to support the best science that addresses the grant objectives. Attempts will be made to support young investigators who do not yet have independent funding (such as NIH R series awards that are likely to progress to RO1 research awards), Young investigators who are senior fellows with a committed faculty appointment or early faculty members within a maximum of 5 consecutive years of his/her first faculty appointment (appointments must be in the United States) are eligible. Applicants must be interested in understanding the health benefits of probiotics or microbiota and the relationship between probiotics, gastrointestinal microbiota and the body.
Grass Foundation December Neuroscience Grass Fellowship See guidelines. Grass Fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA, support investigator-designed, independent research projects by scientists early in their career. Supported approaches include neurophysiology, biophysics, integrative neurobiology, neuroethology, neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, systems neuroscience, cellular and developmental neurobiology, and computational approaches to neural systems. The Foundation also has a longstanding interest in epilepsy-related research.
Greenwall Foundation November Bioethics Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program See guidelines. *Limited Submission* The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure, who have not received a comparable career development award, and whose work will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research, or clinical practice.
Health Effects Institute March Air Pollution Rosenblith New Investigator Award $150,000 per year for 3 years. The purpose of this award is to bring new, creative investigators into active research on the health effects of air pollution. It provides three years of funding for a small project relevant to HEI’s research interests to a new investigator with outstanding promise at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level.
HHMI February Life Sciences Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program See guidelines. "The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community by recruitment and retention of individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. Through their successful careers as academic scientists, Hanna H. Gray Fellows will move science forward and inspire the next generation of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool. The Institute will select and support up to 15 Fellows in this first competition, which is now open for applications. Fellows will receive funding for their postdoctoral training and, if eligible, in their early career years as independent faculty. The program includes opportunities for career development, including mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community"
Infectious Disease Society of America July Vaccine Development Pfizer Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development $60,000 for 2 years. This award provides funding for outstanding research in vaccine development, either through clinical or laboratory investigation. The candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to vaccinology as a career, and must be conducting research or working in a recognized and accredited US institution of higher learning or in a government agency. Candidates for Young Investigator Awards must have a medical or equivalent doctoral level degree, and should have completed an accredited infectious diseases fellowship within the last four years.
International Life Sciences Institute June Nutrition and Food Science Future Leader $30,000 for 2 years. The ILSI North America Future Leader Award, given to promising nutrition and food scientists, allows new investigators the opportunity to add to an existing project or to conduct exploratory research that might not receive funding from other sources or add to an existing project. Consideration will be given to individuals proposing research in the areas of experimental nutrition, nutrition and toxicology, and nutrition and food science.
James S. McDonnell Foundation March Science of Complex Systems Scholar Award in Complex Systems $450,000 for 6 years. For Scholar Awards the program's emphasis is furthering the science of complex systems via the continued development of the theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions and not on particular fields of research per se. JSMF is particularly interested in projects attempting to apply complex systems approaches to coherently articulated questions.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation January Type-1 Diabetes Career Development Award $150,000 per year for 5 years. Designed to attract qualified and promising scientists early in their faculty careers and to give them the opportunity to establish themselves in areas that reflect the JDRF research emphasis areas.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society September Leukemia and Lymphoma Scholar Award $110,000 per year for up to 5 years. You must be a highly qualified investigator who's shown a capacity for independent, sustained original investigation in the field of hematologic malignancies. You should hold an independent faculty-level or equivalent position and have obtained substantial support for your research from a national agency.
Leukemia Research Foundation February Blood Cancer Hollis Brownstein Research Grants Program $100,000 for 1 year. The Leukemia Research Foundation is unique in the level of support it provides to highly promising scientists in this absolutely critical research niche and allows innovative scientists to act on their ideas, and try new procedures and experiments that will hopefully lead to significant breakthroughs.
March of Dimes March Birth defects, Premature Birth Prevention, Infant Mortality Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards $150,000 for 2 years. Created in 1973 and named for the first March of Dimes chairman and president, this program provides funding to young investigators to start their own research projects on topics related to the March of Dimes mission.
Marfan Foundation February Marfan Syndrome Early Investigator Grant Program $75,000 over 2 years. Our newest grant program provides financial support for early investigators studying any or all disciplines involved in Marfan syndrome or a related disorder.
McKnight Foundation May Neuroscience Scholar Awards $75,000 per year for 3 years. The awards support young scientists who hold the M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree, who have completed formal postdoctoral training, and who demonstrate a commitment to neuroscience.
MQ: Mental Health May Mental Health Fellow's Award $75,000 per year for 3 years. The Fellows Award supports the best and brightest early career scientists who are asking challenging questions that will contribute to transformative advances in mental health research.
NARSAD February Neuroscience Young Investigator Grants $70,000 for 2 years. The NARSAD Young Investigator Grant provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research, to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to serious brain and behavior disorders.
NASA Not Open 2016 Earth System Science New Investigator Program $80,000-$90,000 per year for 3 years. The New (Early Career) Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science is designed to support outstanding scientific research and career development of scientists and engineers at the early stage of their professional careers. The program aims to encourage innovative research initiatives and cultivate scientific leadership in Earth system science. The Earth Science Division (ESD) places particular emphasis on the investigators' ability to promote and increase the use of spacebased remote sensing through the proposed research.
NASA Various Planetary Science Early Career Fellowship Program $100,000 in start up funds (2-step process). The Early Career Fellowship (ECF) program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division. This Program is based on the idea that supporting key individuals is a critical mechanism for achieving high impact science that will lead the field forward with new concepts, technologies, and methods. To be eligible to apply for an ECF one must have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent degree such as D.Phil) within seven calendar years of the year of the submission of the research proposal. Apply through ROSES program.
NASA Not offered 2016, every 2 years Astrophysics Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowships in Space Astrophysics for Early Career Researchers 2 phases. $100,000 for concept phase. Development phase contingent upon phase 1. The goals of the Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowship (RTF) program in Astrophysics are to give early career researchers the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to lead astrophysics flight instruments/projects and become Principal Investigators (PIs) of future astrophysics missions; to develop innovative technologies for space astrophysics that have the potential to enable major scientific breakthroughs; and to foster new talent by putting earlycareer instrument builders on a trajectory towards long-term positions.
National Ataxia Foundation August Spinocerebellar Ataxia NAF Young Investigator Awards $50,000 for 1 year. For both Young Investigator award programs, candidates must have attained an MD or PhD degree, and have an appointment as a junior faculty member, senior post-doc or clinical fellow. Individuals at the Associate Professor level are not eligible.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society August Multiple Sclerosis Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Awards See guidelines. National MS Society offers a limited number of Harry Weaver awards to highly qualified candidates who have concluded their research training and begun academic careers as independent investigators in an area related to multiple sclerosis. The awards are designed to provide salary and grant support for a five year period, thus permitting the awardee to establish competence in his/her chosen research area.
NIH October Drug Abuse Avenir Award Program for Genetics or Epigenetics of Substance Use Disorders (DP1) $300,000 direct costs per year for 5 years. The Genetics or Epigenetics of Substance Use Disorders Avenir Award program supports early stage investigators proposing highly innovative studies that open new areas of research for the genetics or epigenetics of addiction. These may be novel methods or approaches that can potentially be applied to the analysis of the genetics or epigenetics of addiction. Investigators outside the field of addiction interested in applying their novel approaches to the genetics or epigenetics of addiction are encouraged to apply.
NIH January Aging The Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76) $600,000-$800,000. The National Institute on Aging is pursuing this initiative to recruit talented new investigators who have begun to establish research programs and through this award will be ready to assume leadership roles in their field of expertise and well poised to change theory, practice and health outcomes related to the health of older individuals. Unlike other mentored K awards candidates for this award must have received competitively awarded research support as a PD/PI at the faculty level and have had prior leadership responsibilities in the clinical or research domain.
NIH September Biomedical/Life Sciences NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program (DP2) $300,000 direct costs per year for 5 years. The NIH Director’s New Innovator (DP2) Award initiative supports a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research.
NIH September Biomedical/Life Sciences NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5) $250,000 direct costs per year for 5 years. The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career.
NIH Standard NIH Due Dates Biomedical/Life Sciences NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00) See guidelines. The purpose of the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) program is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators. This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers with a research and/or clinical doctorate degree from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. The program will provide independent NIH research support during this transition in order to help awardees to launch competitive, independent research careers.
NIH (NIGMS) November General Medical Sciences Maximizing Investigators' Research Award for Early Stage Investigators (R35) $250,000 direct costs per year for 5 years. NIGMS is testing a new way to fund research that will award a single grant to provide support for the program of research in an investigator's laboratory that is related to the mission of NIGMS. For the purpose of this FOA, a program of research is the collection of projects in the PD/PI’s lab that are relevant to the mission of NIGMS. Because the MIRA grant is to provide support for the program of research in an investigator's lab related to the mission of NIGMS, the investigator is required to devote at least 51% of his/her research effort. Investigators receiving a MIRA award are required to relinquish their other NIGMS research funding.
NSF July Basic Science CAREER Directorate Dependent ($400,000 for all except BIO, ENG, OPP which can be $500,000). This premier program emphasizes the importance the Foundation places on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching, enthusiastic learning, and disseminating new knowledge. Effective integration of research and education generates a synergy in which the process of discovery stimulates learning, and assures that the findings and methods of research and education are quickly and effectively communicated in a broader context and to a large audience.
NSF August Computer Science and Engineering Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) $175,000 over 2 years. With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one's first academic position after receipt of the PhD, the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will award grants to initiate the course of one's independent research. Understanding the critical role of establishing that independence early in one's career, it is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than a total of five years after completion of their PhD. One may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the Principal Investigator (PI) role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-PhD, regardless of the size of the grant or contract, with certain exceptions.
NSF October Basic Science Alan T. Waterman Award $1,000,000 over 5 years. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient's choice.
NSF Summer/Fall 2016 Plant Genome Research Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) This program is a continuation of the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) that began in FY 1998 as part of the National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI). Since the inception of the NPGI and the PGRP, there has been a tremendous increase in the availability of functional genomics tools and sequence resources for use in the study of key crop plants and their models. Proposals are welcomed that build on these resources to develop conceptually new and different ideas and strategies to address grand challenge questions in plants of economic importance on a genome-wide scale. There is also a critical need for the development of novel and creative tools to facilitate new experimental approaches or new ways of analyzing genomic data.
New York Stem Cell Foundation February Neuroscience Neuroscience Investigator Awards $1,500,000 over 5 years. NYSCF is soliciting applications from early career investigators for Innovator awards in neuroscience. The goal of this initiative is to foster truly bold, innovative scientists with the potential to transform the field of neuroscience. Applicants are encouraged in the fundamental areas of developmental, cellular, cognitive, and translational neuroscience, broadly interpreted. Applicants need not be working in areas related to stem cells.
New York Stem Cell Foundation February Stem Cell Stem Cell Investigator Awards $1,500,000 over 5 years. NYSCF is soliciting applications from early career investigators for Innovator Awards to be used for exploring the basic biology and translational potential of stem cells. The goal of this initiative is to foster bold and innovative scientists with the potential to transform the field of stem cell research, and advance understanding and use of stem cells in the development of treatments for human disease. In addition to providing funding, NYSCF partners with investigators to advance and translate their research.
Packard Foundation March Science and Engineering Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering $875,000 over 5 years. *Limited Submission* Providing the nation’s most promising early-career scientists and engineers with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields of study.
Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance October Cancer Prize for Young Investigators $200,000 per year for up to 3 years. The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance (PSSCRA) is dedicated to accelerating cures for cancer by advancing the pursuit of innovative cancer research and by facilitating collaborations between the science and business communities. PSSCRA seeks to guide philanthropic funds to feed critical scientific discoveries, attracting like-minded investors to the cause of fighting cancer and creating a pipeline for early-stage biomedical investments.
Pew Charitable Trusts See guidelines Biomedical Sciences Scholars Program $60,000 per year for 4 years. *Limited Submission* Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Risk-taking is encouraged.
PhRMA February Drug Discovery and Development Faculty Development Award $120,000 per year for 2 years. • To identify and support physician–scientists pursuing a career in clinical pharmacology.
• To encourage the development of junior research-oriented faculty who will use molecular, cell, and systems pharmacology to advance human research.
• To recruit promising individuals with a career commitment to study clinical pharmacology.
Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation November Pulmonary Fibrosis I.M. Rosenzweig Junior Investigator Awards $50,000 over 2 years. The I.M. Rosenzweig Junior Investigator Award was established to encourage researchers to maintain and enhance their interest in PF research during the early stages of their academic career.
Research Corporation for Science Advancement May Chemistry/Physics/Astronomy Cottrell Scholars $100,000 over 3 years. The Cottrell Scholar (CS) program champions the very best early career teacher-scholars in chemistry, physics and astronomy by providing significant discretionary awards for research.
Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Check in 2016 Alzheimer's Disease The New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease $100,000 The major goal of this partnership program is to support important research in areas in which more scientific investigation is needed to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The program also serves to encourage junior investigators in the United States and Israel to pursue research and academic careers in the neurosciences, and Alzheimer's disease in particular.
Scleroderma Foundation September Scleroderma-Related Research New Investigator Grant $50,000 per year for 3 years. The Scleroderma Foundation seeks applications from promising new investigators who hold faculty or equivalent positions and who wish to pursue a career in research related to scleroderma. This grant supports promising research that is likely to lead to individual research project grants.
Scoliosis Research Foundation April and October Spinal Disease New Investigator Grant $25,000 for up to 2 years. This grant is specifically targeted towards new investigators. A new investigator is defined as someone who is either a fellow or within 10 years of completion of fellowship or equivalent specialist training in their country and has not previously been awarded funding from a major funding organization. However, this grant is available to candidates who have received a Small Exploratory grant.
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Fall Pilot Research Grant The pilot research grant is designed to help a basic or clinical scientist in the early stages of their career conduct research that may lead to further funding.
Sontag Foundation March Brain Cancer Distinguished Scientist Awards $600,000 over 4 years. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in a discipline which can be brought to bear on the intractable disease, brain cancer. At the time of application, applicants must hold their first independent full-time faculty appointment at the level of assistant professor, independent researcher or equivalent position at a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) academic, research or medical institution within the United States or an equivalent institution in Canada.
Stanford Humanities Center October Humanities Fellowships $100,000 for 1 year. External fellowships are intended primarily for individuals currently teaching in or affiliated with an academic institution, but independent scholars may apply. Faculty fellowships are awarded across the spectrum of academic ranks (assistant, associate, and full professor) and a goal of the selection process is to create a diverse community of scholars.
Susan Komen Foundation May Breast Cancer Career Catalyst Research Grants $150,000 per year for up to 3 years. CCR Grants provide unique opportunities for scientists who have held faculty positions for no more than five years at the time of Application to achieve research independence. CCR grants provide support for hypothesis-driven research projects that have significant potential to advance our understanding of breast cancer, lead to reductions in breast cancer incidence and/or mortality, and move us toward the goal of a world without breast cancer. There are two research focus areas: Basic/Translational and Clinical.
Whitehall Foundation January, April, October annually Basic Biological Research Grants-in-aid $30,000 for 1 year. The Grants-in-Aid program is designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists. All applications will be judged on the scientific merit and innovative aspects of the proposal, as well as on past performance and evidence of the applicant’s continued productivity.
William T. Grant Foundation July Social, Behavioral and Health Sciences William T. Grant Scholar's Program $350,000 over 5 years. *Limited Submission* The William T. Grant Scholars Program is for early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. We encourage Scholars to tackle important questions that will advance theory, policy, and practice for youth. Applicants identify new methods, disciplines, or content they want to learn, and propose five-year research plans that foster their growth in those areas.