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Early Investigators Opportunities

This page provides examples of funding opportunities available specifically for early career investigators. As with all funding lists and search engines, it is critical to review the primary source to confirm the organizations definition of "early career", deadlines, and description. Clicking on the title of the award should take you directly to the opportunity's home page or guidelines. For additional early career investigator opportunities explore a funding opportunities database, such as Pivot or GrantForward, which are provided to UA faculty and staff free of cost.

The table below is up-to-date as of October 11, 2017. 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.

Early Investigators Opportunities


Program Title Sponsor Funding Type External Deadline Notes
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics The Greenwall Foundation Research 11/01/2017 (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 salary support for three years to enable them to develop their research program. The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy. This is a limited solicitation, view the RDS Limited Solicitation Calendar for additional information on how to apply.

USDA Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) USDA Research Multiple. See specific USDA RFA for details.

Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) grants are designed to help institutions develop competitive projects, and to attract new scientists and educators into careers in high-priority areas of national need in agriculture, food, and environmental sciences. FASE Grants consist of New Investigator Grants, Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants, and Strengthening Grants. Each applicable USDA NIFA Request for Application will include FASE eligibility, see the specific USDA NIFA calls for additional information.

Mentored Research Scholar Grant American Cancer Society 04/01 and 10/15 annually

Provides support for mentored research and training to full-time junior faculty, typically within the initial four years of their first independent appointment. The goal is for these beginning investigators to become independent researchers as either clinician scientists or cancer control and prevention researchers. Awards are for up to five years and for up to $135,000 per year (direct costs), plus 8% allowable indirect costs. A maximum of $10,000 per year for the mentor(s) (regardless of the number of mentors) is included in the $135,000.

Research Scholar Grants American Cancer Society Research 04/01 and 10/15 annually

Research Scholar Grants support investigator-initiated projects across the cancer research continuum. Awards are for up to four years and for up to $165,000 per year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs. Independent investigators in the first six years of an independent research career or faculty appointment are eligible to apply.

Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Grants American Chemical Society Research 10/20/2017

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 Assistant Professor or the equivalent.

MAPfund Doris Duke Charitable Foundation & The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Creative Work 10/30/2017

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 embodies this spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in supporting work that examines notions of cultural difference or "the other," be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity. $1 million, for up to 40 projects, is awarded annually.

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists Blavatnik Family Foundation Research 11/15/2017

Provides $250,000 in unrestricted funds to one Laureate in each disciplinary category (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry). Interested participants must hold a doctorate degree and a faculty position at an invited institution (other conditions apply, see the Eligibility category). This is a limited solicitation, view the RDS Limited Solicitation Calendar for additional information on how to apply.

The Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Research 12/01/2017

Eligible applicants are assistant professors in a tenure-track appointment having successfully passed the standard third-year review by January of the year following application to the program. $17,500 stipend, $10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year. Preference is given to those addressing topics related to 20th and 21st century American history, politics, culture, and society, with emphasis including but not limited to African American issues, women's issues, and/or higher education.

DARPA Young Faculty Award DARPA Research 12/04/2017

The YFA announcement 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 (DSO), Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), and Biological Technology Office (BTO), Information Innovation Office (I2O), Strategic Technology Office (STO), and Tactical Technology Office (TTO).  Awards encompass funding for a 24-month base period consisting of two 12-month phases (a maximum of $250,000 per 12-month phase) and a 12-month option period (a maximum of $500,000)

AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty American Federation for Aging Research Research 12/15/2017 (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 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, and much more.