The University of Arizona

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 Deadlinesort descending Notes
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Awards Thrasher Research Fund
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 03/17/20 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. Awards are $25,000 in direct costs for two years.
HFSP Young Investigators' Grants Human Frontier Science Program
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 03/19/2020 (site registration); 03/30/2020 (LOI) Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations... more
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
Institutional Research Grants American Cancer Society
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 04/01/2020 (aniticpated) Institutional Research Grants are block grants averaging $90,000 per year for three years given to institutions as "seed money" for the initiation of projects by promising junior investigators. Application materials updated and available early... more
AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Mathematics, Computational, & Data Sciences
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Research 06/01/2020 (anticipated) The Air Force Office of Scientific Research YIP supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research (see solicitation for... more
Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award March of Dimes
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 06/01/2020 (anticipated) This award is intended to be an initial independent grant to young investigators.  The applicants' research interests should address the health of babies through prevention of infant mortality, premature birth, or birth defects.  The award is $150,... more
Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology Eppindorf
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 06/15/2020 The international Eppendorf... more
Cottrell Scholars Research Corporation for Science Advancement
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Research 07/01/2020 Eligible applicants are tenure-track faculty members whose primary appointment is in a department of astronomy, chemistry or physics that offers, the minimum, a bachelor's degree. Cottrell Scholar Award proposals contain a research plan, an... more
Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 07/01/2020 The initial award will be for two years, $200,000 per year ($400,000 total) with the opportunity for up to two additional years of funding (up to four years total for $800,000). Continued support for years three and four will be granted to those... more
Career Catalyst Research Grants (CCR) Susan G. Komen Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 07/05/2020 (anticipated) Komen Training and Career Development awards seek to bridge the funding gap faced by recently graduated PhDs and early faculty as they start their careers in breast cancer research. $450,000 combined direct and indirect costs; ($150,000 per year for... more
Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) NSF
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Mathematics, Computational, & Data Sciences
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Social Science & Law
STEM, Education, Training
Research 07/27/2020 CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who who have the potential to serve as academic role... 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

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