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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
Russell Sage Behavioral Small Grants The Russell Sage Foundation
Social Science & Law
Research 3/17/2020 Representative categories of expenditure include acquisition of data, the purchase of data sets, research assistance (but not including payment to any researchers who will be co-authors on the project), payment to subjects in experiments,... 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
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
Whitehall Foundation Grants-in-Aid Whitehall Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research Varies by Round 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 are awarded for a one-year period and... 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
Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program in Cystic Fibrosis (the "Program") Gilead
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 08/01/2020 (Anticipated) The Program provides financial support to 3 junior faculty researchers for a 2-year period. Each award is funded up to $130,000, to be paid in annual installments of up to $65,000 per year for 2 years. Funding for the second year is contingent upon... more
Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholars Award National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 08/01/20 (Anticipated) A limited number of awards will be offered to highly qualified candidates who have concluded their research training and begun academic careers as independent investigators in an area related to multiple sclerosis. The awards are designed to provide... more
Beckman Young Investigator Program Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Research 08/04/2020 (LOI Due) Open to those within the first three years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment, in an academic or non-profit institution that conducts research in the chemical and life sciences. No individual may apply for... more
Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) NSF
Mathematics, Computational, & Data Sciences
Research 08/12/2020 With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one's first academic position after receipt of the PhD, the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will award grants to initiate the... more
Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowships in Space Astrophysics for Early Career Investigators NASA
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Research 08/30/19 The goals of the Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowship (RTF) program in Astrophysics are to provide early-career researchers the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to lead astrophysics flight instrument development projects, including... more
Searle Scholars Program - Early Career The Kinship Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 09/25/2020 (anticipated) The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Grants are... more
ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Office of Naval Research - DOD
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Mathematics, Computational, & Data Sciences
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Research 09/30/2020 (anticipated) 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 who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. Proposals may... more
Academic Pediatric Association Young Investigator Awards (multiple) Academic Pediatric Association
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 10/01/2020 (anticipated) The program provides awards up to $15,000 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... more
MAPfund Doris Duke Charitable Foundation & The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Arts & Humanities
Creative Work 10/07/2020 The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that experimentation drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports artists, ensembles, producers and presenters whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance... more
AHA Career Development Grant American Heart Association
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 10/15/20 (anticipated) Supports highly promising healthcare and academic professionals ,in the early years of one’s first professional appointment, to explore innovative questions or pilot studies that will provide preliminary data and training to assure the applicant’s... more
U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Foundational Science Research Unit Department of Defense (DoD)
Social Science & Law
Research Varies through 2023 Early Career Proposals. One year funding proposals (with option of second year) within one of six categories including: Learning in Formal and Informal Environments, Leader Development, Personnel Testing and Performance, Organizational Effectiveness... more

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