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Early Investigator Opportunities

This page lists funding opportunities for early career investigators that have been hand-curated by RDS. As with all funding lists and search engines, it is critical to review the primary source to confirm the organization’s definition of "early career", deadlines, and description. To assist with this, the award titles are hyperlinked to the opportunity's home page or guidelines. Find more opportunities using Search Engines, Databases and Tools such as Pivot or GrantForward, which are provided to UA faculty and staff free of cost. In Pivot, select “Individuals: Early Career and Emerging in Field” under “Applicant Type”, or go to the Pivot search results for New Faculty/New Investigator.

The table below is up-to-date as of June 29, 2018. Updates occur approximately once-per-quarter, check back regularly for new listings.

Search tips: the table below defaults to the submission deadline, be sure to check the bottom of the table to search for opportunities that are open year round or for opportunities that have passed for the current year that have anticipated release and due dates for the following year. A program is listed as "anticipated" if the program has a multi-year history of funding. Dates for anticipated announcements are best estimates and while we try to keep these posts up-to-date it's always good practice to check the homepage of the opportunity that you are interested in for full details. You can also search by Program Title by clicking on the "Program Title" column heading. To revert back to sorting by submission deadline, click the back arrow on your browser.

 

Program Title Sponsor Research Category Funding Type External Deadline Notes
Research Scholar Grant (RSG) American Cancer Society
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
04/01 and 10/15 annually Grants eligible for investigators within the first 6 years of an initial independent research career or faculty appointment; eligibility extends to 8 years for clinician scientists who remain active in clinical care. Awards are for up to 4 years at... more
New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science NASA
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Research 07/31/2019 (NOI, anticipated); 08/31/2019 (full proposal, anticipated) Visit the link and search for "New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science". Designed to support outstanding scientific research and career development of scientists and engineers at the early stage of their professional careers this... more
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics The Greenwall Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 09/23/19 (Letter of Intent) The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. Each year around three Greenwall Faculty Scholars are selected to receive 50 percent... more
Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists Blavatnik Family Foundation
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Research 11/13/2019 Provides $250,000 in unrestricted funds to one Laureate in each disciplinary category (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences... more
DARPA Young Faculty Award DARPA
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Mathematics, Computational, & Data Sciences
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Research 11/19/2019 The objective of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program is to identify and engage rising stars in junior research positions, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding, and expose them to DoD needs and DARPA’s program development process.... more
Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Arts & Humanities
Research 12/02/2019 The Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award supports tenure-track faculty who have passed their midpoint review. The award is structured to free the time of junior faculty who have passed their midpoint tenure review—including those from... more
AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty American Federation for Aging Research
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 12/16/2019 (Letters of Intent) 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... more
Young Investigator Grants Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 12/16/2019 These grants are designed to fill the critical need for startup 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... more
ARO Young Investigator Program (YIP) Army Research Office - DOD
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Mathematics, Computational, & Data Sciences
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Research Proposals submitted at any time, BAA expires 2022 The YIP is included as part of the Army Research Office Broad Agency Announcement FY17-FY22. The objective of the YIP is to attract to Army research outstanding young university faculty members, to support their research, and to encourage their... more
CTF Young Investigator Award (YIA) Children's Tumor Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
01/03/20 (Letter of Intent) CTF’s longest running program, the YIA provides two-year funding, commensurate with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to young scientists early in their careers, bringing them into the NF field and helping to establish them as independent... more
Early Career Research Program DOE
Mathematics, Computational, & Data Sciences
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Research 01/07/2020 (Pre-Application Deadline) DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program, supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by DOE OS. DOE OS defines "... more
NARSAD Young Investigator Grant Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research End of first quarter 2020 (Anticipated) 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... more
Research Starter Grants - Health Outcomes, Pharmacology/Toxicology, Pharmaceutics, Translational Medicine and Therapeutics or Informatics PhRMA Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 02/01 and 09/01 Annually, based on grant program Research Starter Grants offer financial support to individuals beginning independent research careers at the faculty level. This program provides a research grant of $100,000 for one year.  Research Starter Grants support individuals in academia who... more
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Research 02/06/2020 The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. The award provides a $100,000 unrestricted research grant. This is a Limited Submission, review the... more
Hollis Brownstein Research Grants Leukemia Research Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 02/07/2020 (LOI) The Leukemia Research Foundation exclusively funds New Investigators - individuals beginning to establish their own laboratories that are no longer under the tutelage of a senior scientist mentor. Providing one year grants of $100,000 to selected... more
National Kidney Foundation, Young Investigator Program National Kidney Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 02/10/2020 The National Kidney Foundation will award three, one-year, $35,000 awards in support of junior faculty. Promising young scientists are encouraged to submit proposals for investigating clinical research questions in nephrology, or closely related... more
New Early Career Fellowship Program NASA
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Research 02/14/20 Supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division. Past awards were for a maximum of three years and up... more
BCAN Young Investigator Award Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN)
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 02/15/20 (Anticipated) These grants fund researchers who work in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiologic, bioengineering or any other scientific or research field, but are also working in a research environment capable of supporting transformational bladder cancer... more
Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences Ester A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 02/15/20 The Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences supports, 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... more
New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR)
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Research 02/28/2020(anticipated, nominations due); 04/21/2020 (full applications) With the New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award, FFAR will support up to 10 early-career scientists with up to $200,000 per year ($100,000 from award, $100,000 match).  The award is designed to give recipients three years of financial... more
F.J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Research Prize on Understanding the Human Mind American Psychological Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 03/01/2020 $15,000 to support research that aims to address any aspect of mental function (e.g., cognition, affect, motivation) and seeks to understand the mind from both a behavioral and neural perspective.
Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Grants American Chemical Society
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 3/13/2020 Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) grants provide start-up funding ($110,000 over two years) to support fundamental research in the petroleum field. Applicants must be within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the level of... more
John and Polly Sparks Early Career Grant for Psychologists Investigating Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) American Psychological Foundation
Social Science & Law
Research 03/15/2020 Up to $20,000 for research in the area of early intervention and treatment for serious emotional disturbance in children.
Princess Grace Awards Princess Grace Foundation - USA
Arts & Humanities
Education Deadlines from 03/15/2020 to 06/01/2020 The Princess Grace Foundation provides support to emerging theater, dance, and film artists in the early stage of their careers.  All nominees must be nominated.  Grant amounts vary widely, falling between $7,500 and $30,000.  Grants are given to... more
Sontag Distinguished Scientist Award The Sontag Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 03/16/20 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. The award... more

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