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Young Investigator Funding Opportunities

Young Investigator Funding Opportunities

*Dr. Gene W. Yeo, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Following are a variety of available funding opportunities, which are organized in chronological order according to their submission deadline. You can also search the page by using the search function below.

If you would like more information about any of these opportunities, please contact Carol Hobson at or 858-378-9272. We are here as your partner during the cultivation and solicitation process and can help guide you through campus limited submissions when required.

 **Please note, not all deadline dates are ordered chronologically.

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Organization/Grant Opportunity Deadline
American Heart Association, Western States Career Development Award

Supports research projects in the cardiovascular or stroke area. Applicants must have no more than seven years of active faculty appointment prior to award activation and no more than $100,000 of all extramural grant support per year, excluding principal investigator and collaborating investigator salaries, fringe benefits and intramural funding.

Link to Opportunity

December 4, 2017
American Federation for Aging Research, AFAR Research Grants December 15, 2017
Doris Duke Foundation, Clinical Scientist Development Award

Pre-proposals are being sought from junior physician-scientist faculty conducting clinical research in any disease area. It is recommended that applicants have significant research experience and strong publication records consistent with the assistant professor rank. In keeping with the wishes expressed in Doris Duke's will, experiments that use animals or primary tissues derived from animals will not be supported by this program.

Link to Opportunity

Pre-Proposal: December 1, 2017 3pm EST

Invitation to submit Full Proposal: January 19, 2018 5pm EST

Full Proposal due: March 16, 2018 3pm EST

American Liver Foundation, Liver Scholar Award

The Liver Scholar Award provides young scientists with support for their research to bridge the gap between completion of research training and attainment of status as an independent research scientist. Well-trained investigators who hold MD, PhD or MD/PhD degrees and are pursuing a career in liver disease research are encouraged to apply. Provides researchers within the first three years of their first faculty appointment with funding of $225,000 divided over three years for research in liver physiology and disease.

Link to Opportunity

December 15, 2017
American Mathematical Association, Centennial Fellowships

One-year fellowships awarded for excellence in mathematical research. The stipend is expected to be $93,000, with an additional expense allowance of about $9,300. Recipients shall have held the doctoral degree for at least three years and not more than twelve years at the inception of the award.

Link to Opportunity

Application due: December 1, 2017 11:59pm EST
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Young Investigator Awards

These grants are designed to fill the critical need for start-up funds for less experienced researchers to pursue promising research ideas. These grants encourage and cultivate the best and brightest researchers of the future and lead to long term commitments to research projects. Awards are $50,000 per year for three years.

Link to Opportunity

December 15, 2017 11:59pm EST
The International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) - Famliy Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation, Trainee Expansion Programme

Developed by International society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) and the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation (FLRF), the TEP is an international early career expansion program. The TEP is for ISRHML members who are graduate students, recently graduated students, postdoctoral fellows, early career scientists, and clinicians or those who have recently completed professional training to participate in short- and long-term research-related activities in the field of human milk and lactation.

Link to Opportunity

Decemeber 1, 2017; June 30, 2018
Greenwall Foundation, Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program is a career development program that enables junior faculty members to carry out original research on policy and moral dilemmas at the intersection of ethics and the life sciences. To maximize Scholars' development, three years of support are provided, requiring a 50% time commitment (carefully monitored) in each of the three years.

Link to Opportunity

Letter of Intent due: November 1, 2017 11:59pm EST

Full Proposal due: January 15, 2018 11:59pm EST
McKnight Foundation, McKnight Scholar Awards

Supports neuroscientists in the early stages of their careers to focus on disorders of learning and memory. The Endowment Fund especially seeks applicants working on problems that, if solved at the basic level, would have immediate and significant impact on clinically relevant issues. Awards are $75,000 per year for three years.

Link to Opportunity

January 8, 2018
Children’s Tumor Foundation, Young Investigator Awards

The Children's Tumor Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by the neurofibromatoses (NF). The Young Investigator Award provides support for pre- and post-doctoral researchers pursuing careers in NF research. The YIA provides two years of salary for the Awardee (competitive with NIH standards per stage of training) and a $5,000 allowance over the life of the Award to support attendance at the Foundation’s annual NF Conference as well as other research conferences, training courses, etc. relevant to NF.

Link to Opportunity

Pre-Application due January 8
Burroughs Wellcome, Career Awards at the Scientific Interface

Scientific advances such as genomics, quantitative structural biology, imaging techniques, and modeling of complex systems have created opportunities for exciting research careers at the interface between the physical/computational sciences and the biological sciences. Tackling key problems in biology will require scientists trained in areas such as chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering. Candidates are expected to draw from their training in a scientific field other than biology to propose innovative approaches to answer important questions in the biological sciences.

Link to Opportunity

Pre-proposal due: September 6, 2017 4pm EST
Proposal deadline: January 10, 2018 4pm EST
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research

The Kauffman Foundation will award up to five Junior Faculty Fellowship grants to junior faculty members whose research has the potential to make significant contributions to the body of research in the field of entrepreneurship. Each fellow's university will receive a grant of $50,000 over two years to support the research activities of the fellow. Nominees must be tenured or tenure-track junior faculty members at accredited U.S. institutions of higher education who received a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. Multiple nominations are permitted by a single nominator, and universities may have multiple faculty members nominated for the Fellowship.

Link to Opportunity

January 16, 2018 5pm CT, Letter of Nomination

March 12, 2018 5pm CT, Online Application

Society of Nuclear Medicine, Pilot Research Grants in Nuclear Medicine/Molecular Imaging

Provides awards of up to $25,000 to basic and clinical scientists in the early stages of their careers in nuclear medicine/molecular imaging.

Link to Opportunity

Application due: January 30, 2018
Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research February 1, 2018 5pm EST
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation, Research Starter Grants

The PhRMA Foundation funds scientists at critical points in their research careers to support and reward innovation in disciplines essential to the development of safe and effective medicines. Grants provide funding for individuals at the rank of instructor or assistant professor.

Link to Opportunity

September 1, 2017 (Pharmaceutics) - February 1, 2018 (Health Outcomes)
National Kidney Foundation, Young Investigator Grant Program February 8, 2018
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Awards

Please check the limited submission deadline for this opportunity here.

February 8, 2018

Health Effects Institute, Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award

This award supports creative junior investigators, at Assistant Professor or equivalent level, with outstanding promise who are interested in the health effects of air pollution. RFA 17-3 provides up to 3 years of funding for a project relevant to HEI's research interests, as outlined in the HEI Strategic Plan 2015-2020. All applicants should contact HEI to verify their eligibility before applying. RFA 17-3 Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award provides funding for 1 or 2 studies with a funding cap of $450,000 each. At the time of application the candidate should have two to six years of research experience after obtaining the highest degree and must be in an entry-level position at an academic institution (generally assistant professor level) or its equivalent in a research institution.

Link to Opportunity

Febuary 7, 2018
Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, Macy Faculty Scholars February 14, 2018
ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research

The Foundation accepts applications for grants to conduct research on important aspects of alcohol consumption and its effects. Highest priority is given to young investigators, new to the field or trained in the field, to start a new line of independent research.

Link to Opportunity

February 15, 2018
Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund, Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences

The purpose of these awards is to support, in the early stages of their careers, young investigators engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The award of $150,000 is payable over a three-year period. It may be used for salary support, research assistants, equipment, or for any other purpose which promotes the scientific activities of the Klingenstein Fellow.

Link to Opportunity

February 15, 2018
Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Cottrell College Science Awards

The principal investigator must have a faculty appointment in a department of astronomy, chemistry or physics, or, if from another department, propose research that significantly overlaps with research in one of these three disciplines. Faculty who have had a previous CCSA award, or whose appointment is in a department or school of engineering or medicine, are not eligible. At the time of application the applicant must be within the first three years of his/her first tenure-track appointment, and within 12 years of receiving his/her doctoral degree. Award is $35,000. An institutional matching contribution to the project of $10,000 is required for all applicants.

Link to Opportunity

Submission portal opens February 15, 2018 
Pre-Proposal due: May 1, 2018 
Proposal Deadline: July 10, 2018
LungEvity, LUNGevity Career Development Awards February 20, 2018
Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR), New Innovator in Food and Agricultural Research

Within the scope of the New Innovator program, investigators will have the freedom to explore new avenues of inquiry that arise during the course of their research. Therefore, FFAR is interested in the program of research to be explored and its impact as opposed to a list of very specific aims. It is expected that through this program investigators will have the ability to pursue highly creative ideas, to firmly establish their early lines of research into important food and agriculture scientific areas and provide stability in funding during their critical early career years by reducing the time spent on writing applications.

Link to Opportunity

Please check the limited submission deadline for this opportunity here.

Nomination due: February 28, 2018 4:59pm EST

Bay Area Lyme Foundation, Emerging Leader Award

$250,000 ELA Grant Our $250,000 ELA grant targets veteran scientific talent with the title of associate professor or above who have not previously worked in Lyme disease research. Applicants must be at a US academic institution or corporate equivalent and propose to apply their work in other fields to therapeutics or diagnostics in Lyme disease. Research efforts funded by this award are required to generate initial proof of concept within 18-24 months. $100,000 ELA Grant The $100,000 ELA grant is offered to researchers in academia or the private sector who are currently at the post-doctoral level through the assistant professor level, or equivalent. Applicants must have identified a defined approach to improving diagnostics or therapies for Lyme disease. Important criteria include demonstrated professional and scientific leadership in the biomedical sciences and a strong supporting scientific rationale for the project. Research efforts funded by this award are required to generate initial proof of concept within 12–18 months. In 2018, we anticipate granting two of these $100,000 awards.

Link to Opportunity

February 28, 2018
Foundation Fighting Blindness, Career Development Awards

The award is for junior investigators to pursue research to find the therapies and cures for inherited retinal degenerative diseases. In general, each five-year award will be for a total of $325,000. Clinical scientists possessing an M.D., D.O., or equivalent foreign degree and who are in their first, second, or third year of a junior faculty appointment are eligible.

Link to Opportunity

March 1, 2018
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, NARSAD Young Investigator Grant

The NARSAD Young Investigator Grant provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. Two-year awards up to $70,000, or $35,000 per year 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.

Link to Opportunity

March 13, 2018
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, Young Investigator Award

The NARSAD Young Investigator Grant provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. Two year awards up to $60,000, or $30,000 per year 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.

Link to Opportunity

March 13, 2018 11:59pm EST
American Chemical Society, Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Grants (DNI)

Award of $110,000 over two years for scientists and engineers who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment. The goals of the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund are: 1.To support fundamental research in the petroleum field; and 2.To develop the next generation of engineers and scientists through support of advanced scientific education.

Link to Opportunity

March 16, 2018 5pm EST
Prostate Cancer Foundation, Human Capital Initiative - Young Investigator Awards

The Young Investigator Awards offer career and project support for young (generally 35 and younger) proven investigators who have achieved junior faculty positions and are committing their lives to the field of prostate cancer. Award will provide $75,000 per year in duration of 3 years.
Link to Opportunity

March 19, 2018 3:00pm ET

Human Frontier Science Program, Young Investigators' Research Grants

The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) supports innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries. Supports collaborative research in the life sciences involving biologists together with scientists from other disciplines such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering. Grants are awarded to teams of researchers from different countries, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory (e.g., assistant professor, lecturer, or equivalent).

Link to Opportunity

Letter of Intent due March 28, 2018

Thrasher Research Fund, Early Career Awards

The Fund recognizes that young investigators may find it difficult to remain in pediatric research because of a lack of funding. Therefore, the purpose of this program is to encourage the development of medical research in child health by awarding small grants to new researchers, helping them gain a foothold in this important area. The Fund makes approximately 30 awards each year. There are three funding cycles per year for Early Career Award Program grants. Awards may be up to $25,000 in direct costs.

Link to Opportunity

Concept papers due: March 14 and September 19, 12pm MDT

Proposal due: April 28,  and November 3, 12pm MDT

Sontag Foundation, Distinguished Scientist Award

The Distinguished Scientist Award (DSA) seeks to provide career and research support to early career scientists who demonstrate outstanding promise for making scientific and medical breakthroughs in the field of brain cancer research. Recipients of the award are inspired individuals with projects that show potential to generate new knowledge relating to causes, cure or treatment of primary brain tumors/brain cancer. Applicants are carefully considered and selected by The Sontag Foundation and its independent Scientific Advisory Board based on the scientific merit of the proposed project, career trajectory, peer and mentor references and an onsite research facility visit. The award provides up to $600,000 in funding over a four-year period. Over that time, recipients also receive additional support from the Foundation through its vast network of scientists in the field and annual alumni conference.

Link to Opportunity

March 14, 2018
David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

The program invites up to two nominations from selected institutions. The program supports the innovative research efforts of young faculty members in the natural and physical sciences or engineering. Awards provide $875,000 over five years.

Link to Opportunity

Deadline for campus limited submission:    March 15

Funder Deadline:         April 20, (Two applicants may move forward)

Leukemia Research Foundation, New Investigator Research Grants

The goal of the Hollis Brownstein Research Grants Program is to support new investigators; preference will be given to applicants demonstrating new lines of investigation. Grants are for a period of one year for up to $100,000.

Link to Opportunity

March 15, 2018 11:59pm CT
American Cancer Society, Research Scholar Grants in Basic, Preclinical, Clinical, and Epidemiology Research

Support investigator-initiated projects across the cancer research continuum. Awards are for up to four years and for up to $200,000 per year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs. Eligibility Criteria: Independent investigators in the first six years of an independent research career or faculty appointment are eligible to apply.

Link to Opportunity

April 1 and October 15
Whitehall Foundation, Grants-in-Aid

Funds researchers at the assistant professor level in the life sciences. The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology. Research grants normally range from $30,000 to $75,000 per year.

Link to Opportunity

Fall Session: April 15 for LOI and September 1 for Applicatoin

Spring Session: October 1 for LOI and February 15 for Application

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration and Collaborative Science Awards

Early Career Awards: April 17, 2018

Collaborative Science Awards: LOI due 5pm April 3, 2018

Lupus Foundation of America, Career Development Award

The Career Development Award will provide two awards of up to $70,000 to a 2nd or 3rd year rheumatology, nephrology and dermatology fellow. One award will be granted for a study focused on pediatric research lupus research and a second award will be granted for a study focused on adult lupus research.

Link to Opportunity

April 9, 2018 5pm EST
American Diabetes Association, Junior Faculty Award, and Career Development Award

Junior Faculty Award supports new investigators who are establishing their independence in diabetes research; applicants can have any level of faculty appointment up through assistant professor. Career Development Awards are designed to assist outstanding assistant professor level faculty investigators in conducting diabetes-related research.

Link to Opportunity

April 16, 2018 8pm EST
American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, Research Grant for New Investigators

New scientists who have earned their latest degree in communication sciences within the last 5 years are eligible to compete for $10,000 grants to be used in pursuing research in audiology or speech-language pathology.

Link to Opportunity

April 30, 2018

Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Cottrell Scholar Awards

Awards are made to U.S. universities to further the teaching and research of faculty members in departments of astronomy, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, or physics. Eligibility is limited to faculty in the third year after their first tenure-track appointment. Awards are in the amount of $75,000.

Link to Opportunity

Pre-Proposal due: May 1, 2018

Full Proposal due: July 20, 2018

WM Keck Foundation

Seeks to advance the frontiers of the life sciences by supporting basic research that is high-risk and has the potential to transform its field. Successful projects are distinctive and novel in their approach to problems, push the edge of their field or question the prevailing paradigm. Past grants have been awarded to major research universities, medical schools and independent research institutions to support pioneering biological research, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies. Grants are awarded up to $1M.

Link to Opportunity

Please check the limited submission deadline for this opportunity here.

December Cycle: [Phase 1 Application: May 1, 2017 4:30pm PT], [Phase 2 Proposal: August 15 4:30pm]

June Cycle: [Phase 1 Application: November 1], [Phase 2 Proposal: February 15]
Campus Contact: Jennifer Martin

Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award

The Young Investigator Award, supported by AstraZeneca, recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions by a young neuroscientist who has demonstrated scholarly independence. Recipients receive a $15,000 award and complimentary registration, transportation (economy air or ground), and two nights hotel accommodations for the SfN annual meeting. The SfN president presents the prize at a lecture at the meeting.

Link to Opportunity

May 18, 2018 5pm EST

2018 Application will be open on March 6

Vilcek Foundation, Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

The Vilcek Foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to young foreign-born biomedical scientists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Eligible work may be in basic, applied, and/or translational biomedical science.

Link to Opportunity

June 11, 2018 5pm EDT
International Life Sciences Institute, Future Leader Awards

The ILSI North America Future Leader Award, given annually 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. Grants extend for a period of 2 years at a funding level of $15,000 USD per year. Funds may not be used for overhead or to support the investigator's salary.

Link to Opportunity

June 15, 2018
William T. Grant Scholars Program, William T. Grant Foundation

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines, who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and are seeking to further develop and broaden their expertise. Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution and must submit five-year research plans that demonstrate creativity, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to continued professional development. Every year, four to six William T. Grant Scholars are selected and each receives $350,000 distributed over a five-year period.

Link to Opportunity

July 5, 2018 3pm EST
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, Innovation Award

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. Awards will be paid in increments of $150,000 per year for three years.

Link to Opportunity

July 6, 2018
Rita Allen Foundation, Scholar Program

Internal Submission Deadline: July 31, 2018

Organization Deadline: October 24, 2018

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Awards

Supports candidates who have begun academic careers as independent investigators in an area of the neurosciences related to multiple sclerosis. Maximum funding is $30,000 in the first year, increasing to $40,000 by the last year of the five-year award.

Link to Opportunity

Pre-Application due: August 8, 2018

Full Application due: August 15, 2018 5pm EST

National Ataxia Foundation, Young Investigator Award

The Award encourages young clinical and scientific investigators to pursue a career in the field of ataxia research. Applicants must have a junior faculty appointment. Four one year grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded.

Link to Opportunity

Letter of Intent due: August 1, 2018 

Full Application due: September 17, 2018

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, Medical Research Awards

Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation remains committed to funding innovative, translational proposals and to supporting promising independent early-career investigators, rather than wel -established, senior scientists. Projects will be funded for a three-year period at $75,000.00 per year (contingent on the submission of acceptable annual progress reports.)

Link to Opportunity

August 17, 2018
American Heart Association, National Scientist Development Grant Program

AHA funds research broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. Applicants should be initiating independent research careers, usually no more than four years since an applicant's first faculty/staff appointment at the assistant professor level or its equivalent and must not be currently funded (extramurally) for more than one year at a level greater than $77,000 per year in direct costs.

Link to Opportunity

February 14, 2017
March of Dimes, Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award

Supports young scientists holding recent faculty appointments. Funds research aimed at preventing birth defects and infant mortality, including basic research into life processes, such as genetics and development; clinical research applied to prevention and treatment of specific birth defects and prematurity; the study of environmental hazards; and relevant research in social and behavioral sciences. Applicants may not be recipients of a major grant (e.g. an R01, or other grant exceeding $200,000 a year) at the time of the application.

Link to Opportunity

Letters of Nomination due: March 15, 2017

Full Application: July 17, 2017
James S. McDonnell Foundation, Post Doctoral Fellowship

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. Eligibility: Principal investigators between 5 and 15 years post Ph.D. Award amount is $450,000 over six years.

Link to Opportunity

June 15, 2018 3:59pm CDT
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Career Development Award

JDRF fosters the development and productivity of the best and the brightest established independent researchers who will bridge the gap between the bench and bedside. The primary purpose of the Career Development Award is 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.

In the five-year term of the award, awardees will focus their research efforts on a subject directly related to JDRF mission goals and research priorities, and position themselves to work at the leading edge of type 1 diabetes research. The award is up to USD 150,000 per year, including indirect costs. These awards are designed to assist exceptionally promising investigators. Although JDRF is especially interested in fostering careers in clinical investigation, Career Development Awards may emphasize either basic or clinical topics.

The Career Development Award is intended for individuals in a relatively early stage of their career. Ordinarily, their first degree (MD, PhD, DMD, DVM, or equivalent) will have been received at least three but not more than seven years before the award. The applicant must hold an academic faculty-level position (including assistant professor or equivalent) at the time of the proposal, at a university, health science center, or comparable institution with strong, well-established research and training programs for the chosen area of interest.

Link to Opportunity

June 28, 2017
Susan G. Komen, Career Catalyst Research Grants (CCR)

CCR Grants provide unique opportunities for scientists who have held faculty positions for no more than six years at the time of full 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. Two types of grants are available: Basic and Translational Research and Clinical Research. Grant awards will support $450,000 combined direct and indirect costs at $150,000 per year for up to 3 years.

Link to Opportunity

Letter of Intent: June 7, 2017

Application: September 6. 2017

Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The program invites one nomination from selected institutions. The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level. The current grant level is $240,000; $60,000 per year for a four-year period.

Link to Opportunity

Nomination: July 7, 2017

Application: October 23, 2017

SFARI, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, Bridge to Independence Award

The principal investigator (PI) will receive research support at a fixed rate of $150,000 per year, including 20 percent for indirect costs, for up to three (3) years. The award is administered through the institution at which the PI has a tenured faculty appointment. Finalists may defer submission of their approval application for up to one year after receiving their finalist notification in order to secure their faculty position. Funds may not be used toward the PI’s salary but may provide salary support for other laboratory personnel. Institutional start-up packages may not be reduced because of SFARI funding.

Link to Opportunity

Proposal Due: August 7, 2017
Associatoin for Research in Vision and Opthalmology (ARVO), Genentech Age-related Macular Degeneration Research Fellowships

Available to newly established investigators who are age 45 or younger at the application deadline and have received their MD, PhD or equivalent degree after 2007. Two fellowships of $40,000 each will be awarded. One fellowship will be awarded in each of the following areas: basic research in the understanding of AMD, and translational AMD research focusing on therapeutics (not yet in clinical trials).

Link to Opportunity

September 1, 2017
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan Research Fellowships

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Fellowships support fundamental research by early-career faculty of outstanding promise in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, economics, neuroscience or computational and evolutionary molecular biology, or in a related interdisciplinary field. Awards are $65,000 for two years.

Link to Opportunity

Letter of Nomination due: September 6, 2017 4:00pm EDT
The Lymphoma Research Foundation, Clinical Investigator Career Development Award

The Young Investigator Award (YIA) provides funding to promising investigators to encourage and promote quality research in clinical oncology. The purpose of this research grant is to fund physicians during the transition from a fellowship program to a faculty appointment.

To advance this mission, the foundation is accepting applications for its 2018-21 LRF Clinical Investigator Career Development Award program, which is designed to support physician-investigators at the level of advanced fellow or junior faculty member who can contribute to the development of new lymphoma therapies and diagnostic tools. The goal of the program is to prepare physician-investigators to design and administer clinical research studies in lymphoma and assume primary responsibilities for clinical research, protocol writing, Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission, and publication. The grant provides a total of $225,000 to grantees over three years, including salary support in the amount of $70,000 per year.  
Link to Opportunity

September 6, 2017 5pm EST
Society for Conservation Biology, David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program

The focus of fellows’ research and activities should be characterized by cutting-edge research in conservation biology; defining frontiers and leading the future of conservation biology; building coalitions of organizations and partnerships to support conservation biology; and supporting and encouraging high-potential individuals to accept risk as a component of change and leadership and thus make significant change in the world.

Fellowship benefits include a two-year annual salary of $55,000; research funds totaling $32,000 and an $8,000 travel budget; targeted professional development workshops and training events; and lifetime membership in the Society for Conservation Biology, including subscriptions to Conservation Biology and Conservation Letters.

Link to Opportunity

Application due: September 8, 2017 5pm EST
Scleroderma Foundation, New Investigator Grant

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 systemic sclerosis. This grant supports promising research that is likely to lead to individual research project grants. Applicants may request up to $50,000 for up to three years.

Link to Opportunity

September 17, 2018 5pm EST
Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, Young Investigator Award

The Young Investigator Award (YIA) provides funding to promising investigators to encourage and promote quality research in clinical oncology. The purpose of this research grant is to fund physicians during the transition from a fellowship program to a faculty appointment.

The Young Investigator Award (YIA) is a one-year research grant totaling $50,000, paid in two increments to the awardee’s institution. The applicant must be a physician (MD, DO, or international equivalent) who is currently within the last two years of his/her final subspecialty training at an academic medical institution at the time of grant submission. Applicants should be planning an investigative career in clinical oncology.

Link to Opportunity

September 21, 2017
American Council of Learned Societies, Fellowships

Fellowships support research in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. Awards provide up to $40,000 for assistant professor-level investigators and $50,000 for associate professor-level investigators for six to twelve months of research.

Link to Opportunity

September 27, 2017 9pm EST
The Kinship Foundation, Searle Scholars Program

The program invites applications from selected universities and research institutions. Awards of $100,000 per year for three years support outstanding young scientists pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Candidates should have begun their first appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1 of the year prior to the application year.

Link to Opportunity

September 29, 2017 (For invited nominees only)

Burroughs Wellcome, Career Awards for Medical Scientists

Awards foster the development and productivity of physician-scientists who are early in their careers and help them make the critical transition to becoming independent investigators. Candidates must be nominated by their dean or department chair at the degree-granting institution where they will conduct the postdoctoral/fellowship training under the award. The grant provides $700,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.

Link to Opportunity

October 3, 2017 4pm EST
Academic Pediatric Association, Young Investigator Awards

The program provides awards of up to $10,000 or $15,000 (depending upon the specific program) for research by fellows or junior faculty related to child health promotion, health services research, teaching, or patient care. Projects must be consistent with the goals of the APA; preference is given to projects that have the potential to lead to further studies.

Link to Opportunity

October 9, 2017 11:59pm ET
Alzheimer's Association, New Investigator Research Grants

Grants provide new investigators with funding that will allow them to develop preliminary or pilot data, to test procedures and to develop hypotheses. Each award is limited to $100,000 for up to two years. Eligibility is restricted to investigators who have less than 10 years of research experience after receipt of their terminal degree.

Link to Opportunity

Letter of Intent due: March 2, 2018 5pm EST

Application due: April 16, 2018 5pm EST
Critical Refugee Studies Collective, Grant for Graduate Students and Faculty October 16, 2017 5:00pm (PDT)
Microsoft, PhD Fellowship Program

The Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship program recognizes innovative, promising new faculty members, from a number of research institutions, whose exceptional talent for research and innovation identifies them as emerging leaders in their fields. Each fellowship award includes $200,000; Fellows also have access to Microsoft resources.

Link to Opportunity

October 16, 2017

**Limited Submission

MAP Fund (Multi-Arts Fund) – Performing Arts Grants

The MAP Fund welcomes applications from artists, ensembles, producers and presenters of a high artistic standard, whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies a spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in supporting work that examines notions of cultural difference or "the other," be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity.

Open submissions to the MAP Fund are accepted in the first stage of our three-stage review process. The first stage is to register on the MAP Fund website for the Online Letter of Inquiry. This is an open call requesting written information about your project and the lead artists involved.

Link to Opportunity

October 30, 2017
National Academy of Education, Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports up to 30 early career scholars working in critical areas of education research. These $70,000 fellowships support non-residential postdoctoral proposals that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education. The program also develops the careers of its recipients through professional development activities involving National Academy of Education members.

Link to Opportunity

Application due: November 2, 2017 5pm EST
A.P. Giannini Family Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

A.P. Giannini Family Foundation, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program invites physician-scientists and junior researchers with 6-36 months of postdoctoral experience to apply to the 2016 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program supports innovative research in the basic sciences and applied fields and trains fellows to become established investigators. The research should advance the translation of biomedical science into treatments, preventions and cures for human diseases. Since 1951, the A.P. Giannini Foundation has awarded over 800 fellowships to postdoctoral biomedical researchers sponsored by California’s accredited medical schools. The Foundation expects to fund 10 new fellowships in 2016 on a competitive, peer-review basis for a maximum of three years based on satisfactory performance.

Link to Opportunity

Application due: November 6, 2017 3pm PST
Burroughs Wellcome, Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

Five-year awards provide $500,000 to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological, and molecular biological understanding of how microbes and the human body interact. Up to two candidates may be nominated by each university.

Link to Opportunity

November 15, 2017 4pm EST

Young Investigator Innovation Grants, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Young Investigator Grants (up to $85,000 over two years): awarded to investigators at the level of assistant professor or lower. In addition to a maximum of $75,000 for the investigator’s research, these grants provide an additional $10,000 ($5,000 per year) for an established suicide researcher who will mentor the Young Investigator. AFSP can assist in matching mentors with mentees.

Link to Opportunity

Proposal due: November 15, 2017
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, Research Fellowships

Supports early career scholars engaged in critical research relevant to the recruitment, preparation, induction, mentoring and retention of high-quality mathematics and science teachers. The award is $110,000, typically $55,000 per year for two years.

Link to Opportunity

November 26, 2017 11:59pm PST
Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program, Early Career Investigator Award

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. Provides funding of $100,000 annually for two years.

Link to Opportunity

Letter of Intent due: November 30, 2017

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, Clinical Research Scholars Program

The Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program is an NIH-funded initiative providing up to 11 years of support for medical doctors to bridge the widening gap between cutting-edge research and improved patient care. Under the program, NIH Institutes will specify clinical research topics that merit support and accept applications each year from early-career investigators in those areas. Applications will be reviewed for scientific merit by a peer review group of scientists, convened by the NIH Center for Scientific Review, and make recommendations to the NIH scientific and clinical directors who will annually select outstanding scholars for placement on the NIH tenure-track. The NIH expects to appoint at least three Lasker Scholars in the first year of the program, and to ultimately reach a steady-state of 20-30 active awardees.

Link to Opportunity

Letter of Nomination for 2018 Award due: November 2017
Scoliosis Research Society, New Investigator Grant

This grant is specifically targeted to new investigators. The maximum award is $25,000 for up to two years. Extensive list of research focus areas can be viewed on the website.

Link to Opportunity

Fall Cycle Currently Closed, will be updated for Spring Cycle
Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation, Career Development Award in the Biomedical Sciences

The Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation Career Development Award in the Biomedical Sciences is intended to foster the development of biomedical researchers who are early in their careers and to help them make the critical transition to becoming independent investigators. The foundation recognizes that discovery and innovation in the biomedical sciences for the public's good depends on the training and support of the highest quality young scientists in the very best research environments. Therefore, the foundation provides funding to promising research scientists early in their careers and who are performing biomedical research initiated in San Diego County. Awards will be given in three yearly payments of $50,000 each.

Link to Opportunity

Updated deadlines are not yet availble as of Feb 2017

(this is a campus limited submission based on internal nomination by dept. leadership)
American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Early Investigators Award

The Young Investigator Award is intended to support ($35,000) a fellow or junior faculty member in clinical pharmacology or a related field who is engaged in human-based clinical/translational research. ASCPT broadly defines clinical research as investigation in clinical pharmacology that is hypothesis-driven and focused on drug discovery and molecular research, drug development, drug action and disposition, clinical trials, regulatory sciences, therapeutics and outcomes research.

Link to Opportunity

2017 Guidelines not yet available
Arthritis Foundation, New Investigator Grant for Arthritis Health Professionals

Career Development Awards are intended to provide the support for young investigators at a critical point in their development toward independent research in a variety of arthritis related areas. This is for PhDs or equivalent committed to arthritis related research questions. Not for laboratory research. MDs are not eligible. The award amount is $50,000 per year.

Link to Opportunity

No new opportunities at this time
Lymphoma Research Foundation of America, Clinical Investigator Career Development Award

The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) seeks proposals for its 3-year Clinical Investigator Career Develop Award Grant. The purpose of LRF's Clinical Investigator Career Development Award is to fund training of physician investigators who will participate in developing new therapeutics and diagnostic tools for lymphoma. Physician investigators who are at the level of advanced fellow or junior faculty member with no greater than 5 years of experience beyond completion of their fellowship or post-doctoral training are eligible (five year limit may be non-sequential in case of interruptions for pregnancy or illness). $225K total over 3 years.

Link to Opportunity

Currently Closed


Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, Young Investigators Award

The Fund for Discovery awards up to $500,000 over three years to Young Investigators (tenure track assistant professors) conducting innovative exploratory research. The overall objectives of this grant are to advance cell and gene therapy into the causes, treatment and prevention of all types of cancer by promoting development of novel and innovative studies by young investigators. The emphasis of this initiative is to promote basic, and pre-clinical research approaches utilizing cells and genes as medicine.

Link to Opportunity

For RFA, email
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, Beckman Young Investigator Program

This program supports young faculty 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. Grants may be in the range of $750,000 over four years.

Link to Opportunity

Currently Closed, will be open in Spring 2018
The GRAMMY Foundation – Arts/Science Research, and Archiving and Preservation Grants

With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

Link to Opportunity

Currently Closed
Hilton Foundation, Marilyn Hilton Award for Innovation in MS Research Bridging Award for Physician Scientists

Bridging Grants for Physician Scientists (BGPS) will provide $620,000 in support over five years to physician scientists (M.D. and D.O.) working on MS (who are committed to an academic career) to bridge postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Proposals must focus on MS research. Depending on the availability of funds and the quality of applications, the Foundation anticipates making up to three awards as a result of this competition.

Link to Opportunity

Currently Closed
Hilton Foundation, Marilyn Hilton Award for Pilot Innovator Grants

Dependent on the availability of funds and quality of pre-proposals received, the Foundation expects to make up to 10 pilot innovator grants. Each grant will range from $60,000 - $120,000 over a one or two-year term (dependent on the number of collaborators and proposal). The funding level will depend on the scope of the proposed project and budget justification. However, projects involving two co-PIs are more likely to be funded at the maximum level than projects involving one principal investigator. Funds to purchase major items of equipment are discouraged for this program, as are requests for travel funds. All animal and human subject protocols must receive the required institutional approvals prior to the release of grant funds.

Link to Opportunity

Currently Closed
Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) KL2, Career Development Award

This is not a post-doctoral fellowship, but is intended for UC San Diego and CTRI partner research institution* instructors or assistant professors in any academic series as well as fellows or post docs who will have completed their training and have a faculty appointment by the time of receipt of funding. Candidates are eligible up to 5 years after completion of a post-doctoral or medical fellowship. Candidates must have a letter of support of their departmental chair to apply. Individuals who have already received a K grant, R01, or equivalent grant are not eligible. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Candidates from groups underrepresented in biomedical research are strongly encouraged to apply. Awardees must commit to 75% research effort, and the awardees; home departments must commit to honoring this 75% effort. In return, the CTRI will grant up to $100,000 towards salary, plus benefits. Practicing clinicians in certain procedurally-oriented fields such as surgery may be eligible to commit 50 percent research effort. Please contact before preparing your application for more information about this exception for procedurally-oriented fields. Extensive formal and informal mentoring will be provided to awardees. Awardees are expected to develop and complete a training plan that includes relevant Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training (CREST) courses, or show equivalency. *CTRI partner research institutions include San Diego State University, J. Craig Venter Institute, Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Research Institute, Salk Institute, and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. Please see attached call for applications, and contact for full application instructions.

Link to Opportunity

Currently Closed, Contact: to be added to interest list
The Milstein Awards, Young Investigator Award

The Milstein Young Investigator Awards are bestowed upon individuals who have made an impact on interferon and cytokine research early in their careers. International Society of Interferon and Cytokine Research (ISICR) members who attend the Annual Meeting of the ISICR and who have received a Ph.D. or M.D. within the previous 8 years are eligible. Every year up to five awards are granted to individuals who have made notable contributions to interferon and cytokine research, either in a basic or applied field. This award is provided by a generous gift of the Milstein Family.

Link to Opportunity

Currently Closed, 2018 guidelines not yet available

(only ICIS members are eligible through invitation)

Sturge-Weber Foundation, Young Investigator Awards

Up to $30,000 per year for maximum of two years in postdoctoral fellowship support (salary stipend and conference allowance) to encourage the brightest young minds to enter the field. Applicants must be no more than four years out of M.D. or Ph.D. program and work under the supervision of an established mentor.

Link to Opportunity

Currently Closed
The Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Program

The Hartwell Foundation provides funding to individual researchers at eligible research institutions in the United States. The Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards offer support for three years at $100,000 direct cost per year. Through a unique and selective funding process, The Hartwell Foundation seeks to inspire innovation and achievement by funding early-stage, transformative biomedical research with the potential to benefit children of the United States. It seeks to fund early-stage, innovative, and cutting-edge applied research that has not yet qualified for funding from traditional outside sources. Only investigators nominated by the chief executive of an invited research institution are eligible for consideration for the Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award.

Link to Opportunity

Only by nomination, contact Hartwell Foundation
Theatre Communications Group – Program Development and Fellowships

Through grants, awards, and other program support, the group aims to strengthen, mature, and promote the professional nonprofit American theatre. Leadership University prepares professionals from all areas of the theatre for greater leadership responsibilities and long-term careers in the theatre. The program makes awards in two different areas: One-on-One grants of $75,000 plus additional support for early-career leaders and Continuing Ed grants of up to $5,000 for mid-career or veteran professionals.

Link to Opportunity

Varies by award, check individual dates on website
American Association for Cancer Research, Career Development Awards

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Career Development Awards represent a joint effort to encourage and support junior faculty who are in the first five years of a faculty appointment (at the start of the grant term) to conduct pancreatic cancer research and establish successful career paths in this field. The research proposed for funding may be basic, translational, clinical or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to pancreatic cancer.

The grant provides $200,000 over two years ($100,000 per year) for direct research expenses, which may include salary and benefits of the grant recipient, postdoctoral or clinical research fellows, and/or research assistants, research/laboratory supplies and equipment.

Link to Opportunity

Varies by award, check individual dates on website
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, The Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) Program

The Paul Allen Foundation supports high-risk, high-reward ideas in science. Our Investigators are pursuing early-stage, cutting-edge research that have the potential to move their fields forward.

Look for new RFPs to be released throughout the year. These calls are managed through a limited submission process.

Link to Opportunity

Watch for new RFPs throughout the year.
Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Scialog

Scialog® seeks to accelerate the work of 21st-century transformational science through funding research, intensive dialog and community building. Each multi-year initiative will promote scientific innovation in the face of a complex research challenge that serves as a driver in contemporary science. Successful grantees will be asked to address a few narrowly focused issues on a particular research initiative and to communicate with one another in an annual closed conference for the purpose of sharing insights and building further collaborations. Individual awards are $100,000; team awards are $250,000.

Link to Opportunity

Varies by area, check individual dates on website
The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation

Among other awards, the foundation funds a Young Scientist Award. The foundation's Young Scientist Awards, selected in partnership with preeminent science organizations, aim to recognize brilliant early career scientists from around the world through 4 awards: 1) International Astronomical Union Fellowships; 2) Society for Neuroscience Fellowships; 3) Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Awards and; 4) Weizmann Institute Awards. See foundation web site for further information.

Link to Opportunity

Varies by area, check individual dates on website
DuPont Center for Collaborative Research and Education

The DuPont Young Professor program, which began in 1967, is designed to provide start-up assistance to promising young and untenured research faculty working in areas of interest to DuPont's long-term business. Research by the class of 2011 Young Professors centers on solar energy, biomolecular sciences, polymer science, nanotechnology, entomology, chemistry, chemical engineering, statistics, animal biology and life sciences. Each young professor will receive $75,000 in three annual grants of $25,000, or its equivalent in relevant currency. The grants may be used to obtain matching funds through the National Science Foundation or other organizations.

Professors are nominated by a member of the DuPont technical staff. The nominator serves as the liaison between the company and the faculty member. The DuPont Fellows Forum, which includes the company’s top scientists, selects the award winners each year. During the three-year award, each grant recipient is invited to present a seminar on his or her work to the DuPont research community in Wilmington, Del. The DuPont Young Professor program is administered by the DuPont Center for Collaborative Research & Education.

Link to Opportunity

Invitation-only grant application process; Contact:
Russell Sage Foundation, Small Grants Program in Behavioral Economics

The Russell Sage Behavioral Economics Roundtable supports a small grants research program to support high quality research in behavioral economics and to encourage young investigators to enter this developing field. There are no limitations on the disciplinary background of the principal investigator, and the proposed research may address any economic topic. Interdisciplinary efforts are welcome. Appropriate projects will demonstrate explicit use of psychological concepts in the motivation of the design and the preparation of the results. This program will be administered under the auspices of the Behavioral Economics Roundtable, a group of researchers in behavioral economics formed by the Russell Sage Foundation to encourage inter-disciplinary research in behavioral economics.

Applicants must be advanced doctoral students or junior (non-tenured) faculty members who have been out of graduate school for two or fewer years. There is a $7,500 lifetime limit of support under the Behavioral Economics Program.

Link to Opportunity

No deadline, Rolling Basis
Hope for Vision, New Investigator Award

Hope for Vision supports research aimed at developing treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases. Grants are awarded annually, generally for a period of one-year. Awards range from $25,000 to $50,000, and the grant amount is based on the current or potential value of the research to the field of retinal degeneration. Please email a one page or less summary statement that expresses the goals and objectives of your proposal.

Link to Opportunity

Emailed one page summary accepted at any time.
The Princess Grace Foundation – Production Grants and Scholarships

The foundation is dedicated to identifying and assisting talent in theater, dance, and film through grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships, with the belief that cultivation and training of emerging young talent in America is a priority in ensuring sustained excellence in the arts.

Link to Opportunity

Varies by award, check individual dates on website
Elizabeth George Foundation - Artistic Grants

The Elizabeth George Foundation is committed to providing emerging playwrights, short story writers, poets, and unpublished novelists with one-time funding that will enable them to live and work for a period of time as a writer. Grant funds may be used for living expenses not to exceed a year, for tuition in accredited MFA programs in the United States, for travel, for research, for artistic residencies, for writers' conferences, or for other efforts designed to promote the goal of giving writers an opportunity to improve, finish, or refine their work. In addition, organizations that provide residencies or learning opportunities for fiction writers, poets, or playwrights are eligible. Non-profit organizations that provide services to increase the education, artistic expression, and literacy of at-risk youth and of youth transitioning out of foster care may also be considered for funding. $25 application fee required.

Link to Opportunity

Initial Step: write to foundation to request brochure
Sundance Institute – Labs, Fellowships, Project Support, Mentorships

Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. Through year-round support, including a series of Labs and Fellowships for screenwriters, directors, documentarians, producers, composers, and theatre artists, the Institute's artist programs have supported more than 5,000 artists and their films.

Link to Opportunity

Varies by award, check individual dates on website
Federal Grant Opportunities
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program

This program supports scientists and engineers in Air Force relevant disciplines and is designed to promote innovative research in science and engineering. The awards foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities to recognize Air Force mission and challenges in science and engineering.

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Army Research Office - ARO Young Investigator Program

ARO's Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees within the last five years and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. Proposals may request up to $100,000 per year for three years. This program is in addition to a YIP Program described in the open ARO BAA.

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Army Research Office Broad Agency Announcement – Young Investigator Program

This program is designed to attract to Army research outstanding young university faculty members who have held their graduate degrees for fewer than five years, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Grants are made in disciplines in the physical and life sciences and will not exceed $50,000 per year for three years. See Research Area 10 in the ARO Broad Agency Announcement, or Research Area 16 in the ARO/ARL Broad Agency Announcement.

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DARPA Microsystems Technology Office, Young Faculty Award

DARPA solicits single investigator proposals for research and development in the areas of the Physical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics of interest to the Microsystems Technology Office and Defense Sciences Office.

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NASA New Investigator Program in Earth Science

This program funds research to promote and increase the use of Earth remote sensing. Grants are from $80,000-$120,000 per year for a period of up to three years for scientists and engineers at the early stage of their professional careers.

Link to Opportunity

National Institute of Food and Agriculture - Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program

The Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants component of this program includes funding for new investigators. A new investigator is defined as an individual who is beginning his/her career, does not have an extensive scientific publication record, and has less than five years postgraduate, career-track experience. The new investigator may not have received competitively awarded Federal research funds with the exception of pre- or postdoctoral research grants or USDA NRI or AFRI Seed Grants.

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National Security Agency Mathematical Sciences Program (MSP) Young Investigators Grant

This award is available to promising investigators within ten years of receiving the Ph.D. The basic award is a bottom line figure of $20,000 per year for each of two years. Awards cover the direct costs of up to two months of summer salary per year plus fringes, a small amount for travel and expenses, and a university payment in lieu of indirect cost of 15% of the direct costs. Subject to the same 15% in lieu of indirect, a young investigator proposal may also ask for graduate student support (other than tuition) not to exceed $5,000 per student per year, as well as limited funds for computer equipment, as long as the total costs of the project fall within $20,000.

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NIH New and Early Stage Investigator Policies

In order to address both the duration of training and to protect the flux of new investigators, the NIH announced a new policy in fiscal year 2009 involving the identification of Early Stage Investigators. ESIs are New Investigators who are within 10 years of completing their terminal research degree or within 10 years of completing their medical residency at the time they apply for R01 grants.

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NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

The intent of the program is to provide stable support at a sufficient level and duration to enable awardees to develop careers as outstanding researchers and educators who effectively integrate teaching, learning and discovery. The minimum CAREER award size is $400,000 for a five-year period for all directorates except BIO. For proposals submitted to the BIO directorate, the minimum award size is $500,000 over five years.

Link to Opportunity

NSF Directorate of Biological Sciences Outstanding Junior Investigator Program

These grants are intended to increase the diversity of researchers who apply for and receive BIO funding to initiate research programs early in their careers. Currently, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders are under-represented in biology.

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Office of Naval Research, Young Investigator Program

The program supports academic scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees within the last five years. The objectives are to attract outstanding faculty members to the Department of the Navy's research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Proposals may request up to $170,000 per year for three years. ONR research areas are available.

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Office of High Energy Physics Young Investigator Program

The program supports academic scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees within the last five years. The objectives are to attract outstanding faculty members to the Department of the Navy's research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Proposals may request up to $170,000 per year for three years. ONR research areas are available.

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Office of Nuclear Physics, Early Career Research Program

Invites grant applications for support under the Early Career Research Program in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. Applicants must be no more than ten years beyond the Ph.D. at the deadline for the application.

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Office of Science, Early Career Research Program

Invites grant applications for support under the Early Career Research Program in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. Applicants must be no more than ten years beyond the Ph.D. at the deadline for the application.

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SINAM, Graduate Young Investigator

NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Scalable and Integrated NAnoManufacturing (SINAM) is inviting applications for ÒGraduate Young InvestigatorÓ Program. The purpose is to offer the opportunity for graduate students in leading the research project with their innovative ideas. Graduate students from six SINAM partner Universities are invited to compete for innovative research ideas. The student to be selected will be required to propose a new and innovative research topic that involves at least two faculty members at SINAM from different fields, to study a nano-manufacturing topic using a multidisciplinary approach. This will allow the student to experience being a ÒdriverÓ in research and inspire them to work across different disciplines. The student will combine the fund, with resources from the faculty advisers to conduct an exploratory research project. Each GYI award size will be in amounts up to $25,000 in a 12-month period. The grant will be used to support proposed research activities. The covered expenses may include purchasing for small instruments (<$1,500 or per Universitys policy), supplies, cleaning room charges, and graduate student stipend.

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