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New and Young Faculty

There are several funding opportunities for late postdoctoral investigators and new faculty, usually those at or below the rank of Assistant Professor. To find opportunities not listed here, use Pivot and select “New Faculty/New Investigator” under “Requirements.”

Department of Defense

Program Institution Deadline Synopsis
Young Investigator Program Office of Naval Research early January ONR's Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment and for FY2013, have begun their first appointment on or after 01 November 2007, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. 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.
Young Faculty Award DARPA January The objective of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program is to identify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty positions at U.S. academic institutions and expose them to Department of Defense needs as well as DARPA's program development process. The YFA program provides funding, mentoring, and industry and DoD contacts to awardees early in their careers so they may develop their research ideas in the context of DoD needs. The program focuses on untenured faculty, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding. The long-term goal is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus a significant portion of their career on DoD and national security issues.
ARO Young Investigator Program Army Research Office   U.S. citizens, Nationals, and resident aliens holding tenure-track positions at U.S. universities and colleges. Held graduate degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) for fewer than five years at the time of application.
New Investigator Awards Congress Directed Medical Research Programs varies Funding program topics vary. U.S. and foreign institutions qualify.

Department of Energy

Program Institution Deadline Synopsis
Early Career Research Program Office of Science September 5, 2013 for required preapplication, November 19, 2013 for application
  • Applicants must be no more than ten years beyond the Ph.D. at the deadline for the application.
  • The PI must be employed by either a U.S. academic institution or a DOE national
  • Opportunities exist in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP).

Library of Congress

Program Institution Deadline Synopsis
Blanton Owen Fund Award Library of Congress, American Folklife Center Anticipated: 17 Mar 2014
  • All applicants and candidates for American Folklife Center awards who are not U.S. citizens must be visa and/or payment eligible in order to receive a Library of Congress award.
  • To support ethnographic field research and documentation

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Program Institution Deadline Synopsis
New Investigator Program in Earth Science (ROSES program element) NASA varies; applications are solicited every two years The New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science, directed towards scientists and/or engineers within five years of their receipt of a terminal degree, is solicited every two years. (It was solicited as part of Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES)-2011 and thus is not solicited in ROSES-2012.) Proposers can address research, applied sciences, data management, computing, and/or technology issues. Awards are up to $120,000 per year for a period of up to three years.

National Institutes of Health

Program Institution Deadline Synopsis
New and Early Stage Investigator Policies NIH   In general, a Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) is considered a New Investigator if he/she has not previously competed successfully as PD/PI for a substantial NIH independent research award. 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. The NIH New and Early Stage Investigator page includes:

National Science Foundation

Program Institution Deadline Synopsis
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program NSF July 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 except for the Directorate of Biological Sciences (BIO) or the Office of Polar Programs (OPP). For proposals submitted to BIO or OPP, the minimum award size is $500,000 over five years.
Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering (BRIGE) NSF Directorate for Engineering January ENG offers this BRIGE funding opportunity to all beginning engineers with the intent of increasing the diversity of researchers in the engineering disciplines. BRIGE aims to support innovative research and diversity plans that contribute to recruiting and retaining a broad representation of engineering researchers especially those from groups that are underrepresented in the engineering population
Ocean Sciences Research Initiation Grants (OCE-RIG) NSF Division of Ocean Sciences January OCE offers Research Initiation Grants in an effort to increase the participation of under-represented groups in the ocean sciences. Grants provide start-up funding for researchers who have been recently appointed to tenure track (or equivalent) positions
Alan T. Waterman Award National Science Foundation (NSF) Oct. 25, 2013- Nomination
  • US citizens or permanent residents, 35 years of age or younger
  • Not more than 7 years beyond¬† receipt of their PhD by December 31st of the year they are nominated
  • Exceptional individual achievements in research, criteria include originality, innovation, and significant impact on their field
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program National Science Foundation (NSF) Anticipated July 2014
  • PECASE requires: U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident by the time of nomination
  • Encourages submission from junior faculty, women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply
  • Must hold doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF and be untenured until October 1 following the deadline

Nonfederal Agencies

Program Institution Deadline Synopsis
ABMRF Grants ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research February 15 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.
Young Investigator Awards Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation December Young Investigator Awards are designed as start-up funds for new scientists at the end of their fellowship training or early in their research career. Demonstration of outstanding mentorship and demonstration of a career plan that shows commitment to pediatric cancer investigation are critical components of a successful application.
Young Investigators Award Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy September for abstract The Fund for Discovery awards up to $500,000 over three years to Young Investigators (tenure track assistant professors) conducting innovative exploratory research.
New Investigator Research Grants Alzheimer’s Association July for letter of intent, September for application Grants provide new investigators with funding that will allow them to develop preliminary or pilot data, to test procedures and to develop hypotheses. Each total award is limited to $100,000 for up to two years. Applicants must be Assistant Professors at their respective institution. Eligibility is restricted to investigators who have less than 10 years of research experience after receipt of their terminal degree.
Career Development Awards American Association for Cancer Research varies by program Awards support junior faculty who are in the first 5 years of a faculty appointment (at the start of the grant term). Multiple grant programs are offered. Program areas include research on pancreatic cancer, pediatric cancer, brain tumors, cancer prevention, and other areas of cancer research.
Scholar Awards American Asthma Foundation February AAF funds innovative research by outstanding investigators from all fields that might impact asthma. AAF awards (up to $450,000 each) support investigators in the first 10 years of their faculty appointment.
Research Scholar Grants American Cancer Society April 1 and October 15 Research Scholar Grants provide the resources for investigator-initiated research in a variety of cancer-relevant areas. Applicants must be independent, self-directed researchers within six years of their first academic appointment.
Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Grants (DNI) American Chemical Society November Award of $100,000 over two years for scientists and engineers who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment.
Fellowships American Council of Learned Societies September or October Fellowships support research in all disciplines of the humanities and 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.
Junior Faculty Award, Career Development Award American Diabetes Association mid January and mid July 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.
AFAR Research Grants, New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer’s Disease American Federation for Aging Research December The major goal is to assist in the development of the careers of junior investigators committed to pursuing careers in the field of aging research and Alzheimer’s Disease. Applicants must be independent investigators with independent research space, and must be no more than 10 years beyond start of postdoctoral research training. Awards are up to $100,000 for one or two years.
Young Investigator Grants American Foundation for Suicide Prevention November 15 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. Young Investigator Grants of up to $85,000 over two years are awarded to investigators at the level of assistant professor or lower, with an additional $10,000 ($5,000 per year) for an established suicide researcher who will mentor the Young Investigator.
Beginning Grant-In-Aid, National Scientist Development Grant Program American Heart Association January AHA funds research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts. Scientist Development Grant applicants should have no more than four years since his/her 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 $95,000 per year in direct costs. Beginning Grant-In-Aid applicants must hold a faculty/staff rank up to and including assistant professor (or equivalent), but may not have more than seven years of experience at the assistant professor level.
Liver Scholar Award American Liver Foundation December 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.
Centennial Fellowships American Mathematical Association December 1 The program makes awards to outstanding mathematicians to help further their careers in research. Recipients shall have held the doctoral degree for at least three years and not more than twelve years at the inception of the award. Preference will be given to candidates who have not had extensive fellowship support in the past. Recipients may not hold the Fellowship concurrently with another research fellowship such as a Sloan or NSF postdoctoral fellowship.
Congress Fellowship Program for Political Scientists American Political Science Association December 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 of $38,000 for nine months.
Research Awards American Society for Mass Spectrometry November 30 Academic scientists within four years of joining the tenure-track faculty are eligible for awards of $35,000 for research in mass spectrometry.
New Investigators Research Grant American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation April 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.
New Investigator Grant For Arthritis Health Professionals Arthritis Foundation August The New Investigator Award provides funding for a period of up to two years and is not for wet bench laboratory research. Suitable studies include, but are not limited to, functional, behavioral, nutritional, occupational, or epidemiological aspects of patient care and management. The award amount is $50,000 per year.
Early Career Investigator Award Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program November for letter of intent 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.
Beckman Young Investigator Program Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation October for letter of intent 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. To be eligible, an applicant should not have completed more than four full years in his or her tenure-track or other comparable independent research appointment. Grants may be in the range of $750,000 over four years.
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation January for limited submission application (approximate) This award funds talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education. Awards are $75,000 for one year.
New Scholars Program in Aging Ellison Medical Foundation December for limited submission application (approximate) Applications are solicited by invitation only. Awards are intended for investigators who are in the first three years of their research career following their post-doctoral fellowship experience.
Career Development Awards Foundation Fighting Blindness March The award is for junior investigators to pursue research to find the therapies and cures for inherited retinal degenerative diseases. 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.
Young Scholars Program Foundation for Child Development early November Supports both basic and policy-relevant research on the development of children 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. Up to four fellowships of up to $150,000 for use over one to three years will be awarded.
William T. Grant Scholars Program William T. Grant Foundation May for limited submission application (approximate) The Scholars Program is a professional development program for early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, or health sciences. The Foundation supports research to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the U.S. Awards are for $350,000 over 5 years.
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics   October for limited submission application (approximate) This career development award enables outstanding junior faculty members to carry out original research that will help resolve important policy and clinical dilemmas at the intersection of ethics and the life sciences.
Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award Health Effects Institute February for letter of intent 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.
New Investigator Award Hope for Vision October, every two years Supports scientists in the early phase of their career who have an interest in studying supports research aimed at developing treatments and cures for orphan retinal degenerative diseases including retinitis pigmentosa. Awards range from $75,000 to $150,000 per year, generally for a period of two years.
Young Investigators’ Research Grants Human Frontier Science Program March for letter of intent 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).
Young Investigator Awards Infectious Diseases Society of America varies The IDSA Education and Research Foundation and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases have joined forces to offer the IDSA ERF/NFID Joint Research Awards to support needed research by promising young researchers who may not otherwise find funding as federal and other institutional research support becomes more difficult to obtain.
Future Leader Award International Life Sciences Institute North America June The award supports new investigators for research in the areas of experimental nutrition, nutrition and toxicology, and nutrition and food science. Provides $15,000 per year for two years.
Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund January 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 candidate should be within four years of receiving his/her first tenure track appointment. The award of $150,000 is payable over a three-year period.
New Investigator Research Grants Leukemia Research Foundation February Hollis Brownstein Research Grants allows innovative scientists to act on their ideas, and try new procedures and experiments that will hopefully lead to significant breakthroughs. New Investigators are considered to be within seven years of their first independent position. Grants are up to $100,000 for one year.
Postdoctoral Fellowships Lymphoma Research Foundation September Supports laboratory or clinic-based research 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.
Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award March of Dimes March for letter of nomination Supports young scientists holding recent faculty appointments, funding areas of research on topics related to our mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. 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.
Brain Cancer Research James S. McDonnell Foundation March 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.
McKnight Scholar Awards McKnight Foundation January 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.
Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship Program   October for limited submission application (approximate) Microsoft Research seeks nominees who are advancing computing research in novel directions with the potential for high impact on the state of the art, and who demonstrate the likelihood of becoming thought leaders in the field.
NARSAD Young Investigator Grant Brain and Behavior Research Foundation September 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 serious brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or child and adolescent mental illnesses.
Young Investigator Award National Ataxia Foundation August for letter of intent, September for application 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. Provides a one-year $35,000 award.
Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Awards National Multiple Sclerosis Society August Supports candidates who have begun academic careers as independent investigators in an area 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.
Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering David and Lucile Packard Foundation March for limited submission application (approximate) 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. Candidates must be faculty members in the first three years of their faculty careers. Awards provide $875,000 over five years.
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences   September for limited submission application (approximate) The program invites one nomination from selected institutions. The program supports basic and clinical research relevant to the advancement of human health, carried out by investigators with full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. Awards provide $60,000 per year for four years.
Research Starter Grants Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation September 1 for Informatics, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Pharmaceutics; February 1 for Health Outcomes Grants provide funding for individuals at the rank of instructor or assistant professor.
Cottrell Scholar Awards Research Corporation August Eligible applicants are tenure-track faculty members at U.S. institutions whose primary appointment is in a department of astronomy, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, or physics, but not in a school of medicine or engineering. Eligibility is limited to faculty in the third year after their first tenure-track appointment. Awards are in the amount of $75,000.
Innovation Award Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation June for preproposal 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.
New Investigator Grant Scleroderma Foundation September 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.
New Investigator Grant Scoliosis Research Society April 1 and October 1 This grant is specifically targeted to new investigators. The maximum award is $25,000 for up to two years.
Searle Scholars Program   August for campus limited submission application (approximate) The program invites applications from selected universities and research institutions. Awards of $100,00 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.
Sloan Research Fellowships Alfred P. Sloan Foundation September Fellowships support fundamental research by early-career faculty in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences (including marine biology), physics, or a related field. Candidates should be no more than six years from completion of their most recent Ph.D. (or equivalent) as of the year of their nomination. Awards are $50,000 for two years.
Strategy and Policy Fellows Program Smith Richardson Foundation June The program provides grants of $60,000 to support the research and writing of a book by young scholars and policy thinkers (junior or adjunct faculty, research associates, and postdocs) on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history.
Pilot Research Grants Society of Nuclear Medicine and Moleduclar Imaging November Provides awards of up to $25,000 to basic and clinical scientists in the early stages of their careers. Applicants must be no more than five years post nuclear medicine/molecular imaging training. Applicants must not have served as the principal investigator of a peer-reviewed grant for more than $50,000 in a single calendar year.
External Faculty Fellowships Stanford Humanities Center October 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 $20,000.
Awards to New Assistant Professors UC Cancer Research Coordinating Committee December CRCC funds support meritorious research in a wide range of scientific areas, including both applied clinical research and basic research relevant to cancer. The program includes awards to new assistant professors, in their third through sixth years at UC.
Start-Up Grant Program U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation November 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.
Grants-in-Aid Whitehall Foundation January 15, April 15, and October 1 for letter of intent Funds researchers at the assistant professor level in the life sciences. The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology.