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Career Development Programs

Career Development Programs are grant initiatives that are typically targeted to faculty early in their careers. Such programs often have a limits on eligibility tied to criteria such as number of years post-doctorate, number of years in one’s first tenure-track position, or other similar criteria. Keep in mind, due to the highly competitive nature of some career development initiatives, faculty may wish to time applications so they can apply more than once during their eligible submission period. Career Development proposal submissions to private foundations and corporations require clearance from DePaul's Development Office; learn more​.

Federal Agencies

Department of Agriculture

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

Synopsis

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.

Deadline

Varies by program area ​

Department of Defense

Young Investigator Program
Office of Naval Research

Synopsis

The program supports academic scientists and engineers who have received PhD 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 here.

Deadline

Early January


Young Investigator Program
Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Synopsis

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.

Deadline

July


New Investigator Awards
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Synopsis

Funding program areas vary and may include: Food Allergies, Lung Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Peer Reviewed Cancer, Orthopaedic, Spinal Cord Injury, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Autism, Bone Marrow Failure, Breast Cancer, Deployment Related Medical, Gulf War Illness, Minority & Underserved Populations, Neurofibromatosis, Ovarian Cancer, Peer Reviewed Medical, Prostate Cancer, Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Some of these program areas, such as Peer Reviewed Cancer, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, and Traumatic Brain Injury/ Neurosciences have included New Investigator Awards.

Deadline

Varies by program


ARO Young Investigator Program
Army Research Office

Synopsis

ARO's Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists who have received PhD 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.

Deadline

April


Broad Agency Announcement - Young Investigator Program
Army Research Office

Synopsis

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.

Deadline

Open


Young Faculty Award
DARPA

Synopsis

DARPA solicits ground-breaking single-investigator proposals from junior faculty for research and development in the areas of Physical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, Biology, Information and Social Sciences of interest to DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office, Microsystems Technology Office, and Information Innovation Office.

Deadline

January ​

Department of Energy

Early Career Research Program
Office of Science

Synopsis

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: 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 10 years beyond the Ph.D. at the deadline for the application.

Deadline

September (Preliminary Application) ​

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

New Investigator Program in Earth Science
NASA

Synopsis

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.

Deadline

Varies - Applications are solicited approximately every 12-18 months

National Institutes of Health

Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (Parent K01)​

Synopsis

The purpose of the NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) is to provide support and “protected time” (three, four, or five years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. Although all of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) use this support mechanism to support career development experiences that lead to research independence, some ICs use the K01 award for individuals who propose to train in a new field or for individuals who have had a hiatus in their research career because of illness or pressing family circumstances. Other ICs utilize the K01 award to increase research workforce diversity by providing enhanced research career.

Deadline

For new applications: Feb 12/Jun 12/Oct 12
NIH Standard due dates apply.

Other Relevant NIH Information

In order to address both the duration of training and to protect the flux of new investigators, the NIH announced a new policy in the 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. 

The NIH New and Early Stage Investigator page includes:

  • Statement of Commitment
  • Definition of New Investi​gator
  • Early Stage Investigator Policies
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Pathway to Independent Awards
    Deadline: Standard NIH dates apply
  • NIH Director's New Innovator Award
    Deadline: January
  • Links to Institute and Center Policies
  • NIH Loan Repayment Program
    www.lrp.nih.gov
 ​

National Science Foundation

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
National Science Foundation

Synopsis

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.

Deadline

July ​

Foundations

Foundations

ABMRF Grants
ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research

Synopsis

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.

Deadline

February and September


Liver Scholar Award
American Liver Foundation

Synopsis

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. Individuals who are already well-established in the field are not eligible for this award.

Deadline

October


Research Grant for New Investigators​
American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation

Synopsis

New scientists earning their latest degree in communication sciences within the last five years are eligible to compete for $5,000 grants to pursue research in audiology or speech-language pathology.

Deadline

Varies by year


New Investigator Grant for Arthritis Health Professionals
Arthritis Foundation

Synopsis

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.

Deadline

February



Beckman Young Investigator Program (Arnold and Mabel) Foundation

Synopsis

This program supports young faculty in the chemical and life sciences. The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science., The BYI program is open to persons with tenure-track appointments in academic and non-profit institutions that conduct fundamental research in the chemical and life sciences. Grants may be in the range of $750,000 over four years.

Deadline

October for letter of intent


Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Awards
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Synopsis

This award funds talented young faculty in the chemical sciences, stressing teaching, mentorship, and the nominees' accomplishments in research and teaching. Awards are $75,000 for one year.

Deadline

Institutional nomination required


Young Scholars Program
Foundation for Child Development

Synopsis

Supports both basic and policy-relevant research about the early education, health and well-being of children living in immigrant families from birth to age ten, particularly those who are living in low-income families. Eligible researchers will have earned their doctoral degrees within the last 15 years, and be full-time faculty members. Three to four fellowships of up to $150,000 for use over one to three years will be awarded.

Deadline

Early November



William T. Grant Scholars Program

William T. Grant Foundation

Synopsis

The award is intended to facilitate the professional development of early career scholars.The Foundation supports research to understand and improve the settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the U.S. Applicants must be within seven years of receiving doctorate. Awards are for $350,000 over 5 years.

Deadline

Institutional nomination required/Each school within university is eligible to nominate one applicant



New Investigator Research Grants

Leukemia Research Foundation

Synopsis

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. New Investigators are considered to be within seven (7) years of their first independent position. Years as a resident physician, fellow physician, or post-doctoral fellow are considered to be training years.

Deadline

February



Postdoctoral Fellowships
Lymphoma Research Foundation of America

Synopsis

Research may be laboratory or clinic based, but relevant to the treatment, diagnosis, or prevention of Hodgkin and/or non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Applicants must have completed two years of their fellowship, or not more than two years as a junior faculty instructor or assistant professor at the start of the award period. Website says Foundation is currently fundraising to support a new award cycle.

Deadline

September



Brain Cancer Research
James S. McDonnell Foundation

Synopsis

The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting novel research that will generate new knowledge leading to increased rates of survival and improve functional recovery for individuals with brain cancer. Proposals from junior faculty are encouraged. A maximum of $450,000 total costs can be requested and the funds can be expended over a minimum of 3 years to a maximum of 6 years.

Deadline

March



McKnight Scholar Awards
McKnight Foundation

Synopsis

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. Applicants may have no more than four years of experience in an independent, tenure-track faculty position. (Traditionally, successful candidates have held faculty positions for at least one year; non tenure-track research faculty are ineligible.) Awards are $75,000 per year for three years.

Deadline

January



Young Investigator Award
National Ataxia Foundation

Synopsis

The Award encourages young scientific investigators to pursue a career in the field of ataxia research. Applicants must have a junior faculty appointment. Provides a one-year grant of $35-50K. 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. Clinicians must have finished their residency no more than five (5) years prior to applying and PhDs must be must be no more than five (5) years from end of the completion of their post-doc training.

Deadline

August (Letter of Intent)


Research Starter Grants
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturer of America Foundation

Synopsis

The purpose of the PhRMA Foundation Research Starter Grants is to offer financial support to individuals beginning their independent research careers at the faculty level. The areas of interest within this program are research efforts in the fields of pharmacology and drug toxicology. The program provides a research grant of $60,000 for one year. Research Starter Grants are also offered in Informatics and Health Outcomes Research (usually a February Deadline) in various years; watch Pharma website for updates. Applicants must be in a tenure track position for 3 years or less. The program is not intended for those in postdoctoral training programs. Amount: Currently $60K for a one year period.

Deadline

September 1 or February 1 depending on program


Innovation Award
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Synopsis

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 total $150K for a three Year period. Tenure-track faculty applicants must be within the first three years of their initial appointment.

Deadline

June (Preliminary Proposals)
September (Invited Full Proposals)


Small Grants Program in Behavioral Economics
Russell Sage Foundation

Synopsis

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. Participation is restricted to advanced doctoral students or junior (non-tenured) faculty members who have been out of graduate school for two or fewer years. Maximum Award is currently $7,500.

Deadline

Open


New Investigator Grant
Scleroderma Foundation

Synopsis

Supports new investigators who hold faculty or equivalent positions and who wish to pursue a career in research related to systemic sclerosis. Applicants may request up to $50,000 for up to three years.

Deadline

September

Sloan Research Fellowships
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Synopsis

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 $50,000 for two years. Candidates must be nominated by department heads or other senior researchers.

Candidates for Sloan Research Fellowships are required to:

  • Hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, economics, neuroscience, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, ocean sciences or in a related interdisciplinary field;
  • Be members of the regular teaching faculty (i.e., tenure track) of a degree-granting college or university in the United States or Canada; and
  • Normally, be no more than six years from completion of the most recent Ph.D. or equivalent as of the year of their nomination.

Deadline

September


International Junior Faculty Research Grant Program
Smith Richardson Foundation

Synopsis

Supports junior faculty research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history. Research grants of $60,000 support tenure-track junior faculty engaged in the research and writing of a scholarly book on an issue or topic of interest to the policy community. An applicant must have a Ph.D., preferably in Political Science, Public Policy, Policy Analysis, International Political Economy, or History. He or she also must hold a position as a full-time tenure-track faculty member of a college or university in the United States.

Deadline

June


Start-Up Program
U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation

Synopsis

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 seven years prior to submitting the proposal. The BSF currently provides a maximum of $60,000 for the 18-month period; the home institution is required to supplement this award by $15,000 for the last six months, funds that the investigator would not have received otherwise. The grant is meant to cover personnel, consultants, supplies, small equipment and travel required by the project. The grant will not cover any part of the principal investigator's salary. It should be noted that Start-Up Grant applications will be competing for funding together with the regular BSF research applications. The BSF has no special funds set aside for these grants. Nevertheless, Start-Up applications traditionally have a significantly higher rate of success as compared with standard applications.

Deadline

November


Grants-in-Aid
Whitehall Foundation

Synopsis

Funds researchers at the assistant professor level in the life sciences; agency website details current funding priorities. 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. Grants-in-Aid are currently awarded for a one-year period, not exceed $30,000.

Deadline

January 15, April 15, and October 1 for letter of intent


Helen Hay Whitney Foundation
Research Fellowships

Synopsis

The Foundation supports early postdoctoral research training in all basic biomedical sciences. To attain its ultimate goal of increasing the number of imaginative, well-trained and dedicated medical scientists, the Foundation grants financial support of sufficient duration to help further the careers of young men and women engaged in biological or medical research. Candidates who hold, or are in the final stages of obtaining a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and are seeking beginning postdoctoral training in basic biomedical research are eligible to apply for a fellowship. The Foundation accepts applications from candidates who have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the deadline for submitting the application (July ), and who have received a PhD (or D.Phil. or equivalent) degree no more than two years before the deadline, or an M.D. degree no more than three years before the deadline. Fellowships may be awarded to US citizens planning to work in laboratories either in the US, Canada, or abroad and also to foreign citizens for research in laboratories in the US only. The Foundation expects that fellowship training will be obtained in an academic setting. The selection of a commercial or industrial laboratory for the training experience is not acceptable.​

Deadline

July


Burroughs Welcome Fund
Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases (PATH)​

Synopsis

The Burroughs Welcome Fund accepts applications for Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases (PATH). Five-year awards provide $500,000 for opportunities for accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the intersection of human and microbial biology. The program is intended to shed light on the overarching issues of how human hosts handle infectious challenge. 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 advancing significantly the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological, and molecular biological understanding of how infectious agents and the human body interact.

Deadline

November​​

Other Organizations

Organizations

ABMRF Grants
ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research

Synopsis

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.

Deadline

February and September


Young Investigators Award
Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy

Synopsis

The Fund for Discovery awards up to $500,000 over three years to Young Investigators (tenure track assistant professors) conducting innovative exploratory research. At the time of award activation, candidates must hold an MD, MPH, PhD, or equivalent degree and be a tenure-track Assistant Professor within five years of their initial appointment to this rank. The investigator must be conducting original research as an independent faculty member. ACGT has no citizenship restrictions; however, research supported by the award must be conducted at medical schools and research centers only in the United States and Canada.

Deadline

August


New Investigator Research Grants
Alzheimer's Association

Synopsis

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.

Deadline

December


Junior Faculty Awards
American Association for Cancer Research

Synopsis

Awards open to junior faculty who completed postdoctoral studies or clinical fellowships no more than three years prior to the start of the grant term. Awards provide two-year grants of $50,000 per year. NOTE: The Junior Faculty Awards were suspended in 2011 due to funding issues, check website for program re-instatement information; may be offered again depending upon availability of funds.

Deadline

Varies by program


Postdoctoral Fellowships
American Cancer Society

Synopsis

Awards to support the training of researchers who have the doctorate to provide initial funding leading to an independent career in cancer research (including basic, preclinical, clinical, cancer control, psychosocial, behavioral, epidemiology, health services and health policy research). Awards may be for three years with progressive stipends of $44,000, $46,000, and $48,000 per year, plus a $4,000 per year fellowship allowance.

Deadline

April and October


Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Grants (DNI)
American Chemical Society

Synopsis

Award of $100,000 over two years for scientists and engineers who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment. Awards are for advanced scientific education and fundamental research in the ‘petroleum field,’ which may include any field of pure science.

Deadline

Early fall/mid-winter/late spring


Fellowships
American Council of Learned Societies

Synopsis

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 $35,000 for assistant professor-level investigators for six to twelve months of research. Funds are also available for Associate and full Professors, applications from scholars at all levels are evaluated together.

Deadline

September


Junior Faculty Award
Career Development Award

American Diabetes Association

Synopsis

Junior Faculty support 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. Awards currently total up to $120,000 per year for up to three years for direct costs.

Deadline

Mid January and Mid July


AMFAR Research Grants
American Federation for Aging Research

Synopsis

AFAR provides up to $100,000 for a one- to two-year award to junior faculty (M.D.s and Ph.D.s) to conduct research that will serve as the basis for longer term research efforts. 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, etc. Projects that deal strictly with clinical problems such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging are not eligible.

Deadline

December


Young Investigator Grants
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Synopsis

Grants support studies that aim to increase understanding of the causes of suicide and factors related to suicide risk, or to test treatments and other interventions designed to prevent suicide. Awards provide 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.

Deadline

November


Centennial Fellowships
American Mathematical Association

Synopsis

One-year fellowships awarded for excellence in mathematical research. A recipient of the fellowship shall have held his or her doctoral degree for at least three years and not more than twelve years at the inception of the award. The stipend for fellowships awarded for 2013 was $80,000. Acceptance of the fellowship cannot be postponed.

Deadline

December


Congressional Fellowship Program for Political Scientists
American Political Science Association

Synopsis

Gives early- to mid-career political scientists an opportunity to learn more about Congress and the legislative process through direct participation. Fellows work as full-time legislative aides in the House of Representatives or Senate. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D in the past 15 years. Fellowships include a stipend for nine months of work.

Deadline

December


Research Awards
American Society for Mass Spectrometry

Synopsis

Open to academic scientists within four years of joining the tenure track faculty or equivalent in a North American university who have a research interest in mass spectrometry. Applicants may not have previously received an award under this program. Awards total $35K.

Deadline

November


Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award
Health Effects Institute

Synopsis

The award provides three years of funding for a small research project on the health effects of air pollution to a new investigator at the assistant professor or equivalent level. Check agency website ( HEI Strategic Plan) for current annual research priorities. Scientists of any nationality holding a PhD, ScD, MD, DVM, or DrPH degree or equivalent are eligible to apply. 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.

Deadline

December


Young Investigators' Research Grants
Human Frontier Science Program

Synopsis

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, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory (e.g. Assistant Professor, Lecturer or equivalent). Applications for Young Investigators' Grants will be reviewed in competition with each other independently of applications for Program Grants. Funding is up to a maximum of $450K per year depending on team size and need,

Deadline

March


Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences
Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund

Synopsis

Supports a young investigator in tenure track academic rank engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of epilepsy. The candidate should be an independent investigator, holding a tenure track academic rank (but not yet tenured) in a university or medical school, or the equivalent standing in a research institute or medical center. The award of $150,000 is payable over a three-year period.

Deadline

January


Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award
March of Dimes

Synopsis

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. Dean or Chair must nominate the faculty member. Awards are up to $75K per year for two years.

Deadline

March


Young Investigator Award
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression

Synopsis

Offers up to $30,000 per year for up to two years to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported; research must be relevant to our understanding, treatment and prevention of serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or child and adolescent psychiatric disorders.

Deadline

September


Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Awards
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Synopsis

Five-year projects by promising young investigators starting their careers as independent researchers 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.

Deadline

August


Cottrell College Science Awards
Research Corporation

Synopsis

The Cottrell College Science Award (CCSA) program, was created in the early 1970s to promote basic research as a vital component of undergraduate education at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). Over the decades the CCSA program has consistently: strengthened teacher-scholars while supporting high-quality research at PUIs; helped early career faculty to become competitive for federal funding; encouraged faculty to conduct meaningful collaborative work with undergraduate researchers, and; enhanced the research culture of numerous science departments at public and private institutions in the United States. The principal investigator must have a faculty appointment at a U.S. college or university in a department of astronomy, chemistry or physics; or, if from another department, propose research that significantly overlaps with research in astronomy, chemistry or physics. The applicant’s home department must offer at least baccalaureate, but not doctoral, degrees. At the time of application the applicant must be within the first three years of her/his first tenure-track appointment. Cottrell College Science Awards provide direct expenses for support of the proposed research. The total funding from RCSA is $35,000 for a two-year award. An institutional match of $10,000 is required for all applicants. Expenses are limited to five budget categories: equipment, supplies, student stipends, faculty stipends and travel away from the home institution to conduct research. Guidelines vary slightly for multi-investigator submissions; a new mid-career program is also currently available.

Deadline

September (Pre-proposals)


Scialog: Research Corporation

Solar Energy Conversion is focused on funding early career scientists and building research teams to undertake groundbreaking studies in solar energy conversion. Scialog is intended to: 

  1. Support early career faculty to expand research in a specifically focused area determined to be urgently important for the nation's welfare.
  2. To encourage scientists to form collaborative cross-boundary or interdisciplinary teams to tackle the critical areas identified by RCSA.
  3. Help transition awardees to future funding. 

Applications will be accepted from tenured science faculty members within five years of the date of their first tenure appointment at public and private colleges and universities located in the United States that offer at least a baccalaureate degree in the sciences. Research Corporation for Science Advancement will make awards either to individuals or to teams of two or more eligible faculty. The individual awards will be for $100,000 and the team awards for $250,000.

Deadline

The application process for Scialog: Solar Energy Conversion is currently closed. Please check the Research Corporation website periodically for the announcement of a new round of funding.


New Investigator Grant
Scoliosis Research Society

Synopsis

This grant is specifically targeted to new investigators. The maximum award is $25,000 for up to two years.

Deadline

April 1 and October 1


Mitzi and William Blahd Pilot Research Grants in Nuclear Medicine/Molecular Imaging
Society of Nuclear Medicine

Synopsis

Provides awards of up to $50K to basic and clinical scientists in the early stages of their careers who have an interest in nuclear medicine/molecular imaging.

Deadline

November


External Faculty Fellowships
Stanford Humanities Center

Synopsis

Junior fellowships are for scholars who will be at least three and no more than ten years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. by the start of the fellowship year. Fellowships are for one full academic year, and require the fellow to be in residence. Fellows are awarded stipends of up to $60,000 and a housing and moving allowance of up to $15,000.

Deadline

October ​​