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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.

 

Program Title Sponsor Research Category Funding Type External Deadline Notes
USDA Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) USDA
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Physical Sciences & Engineering
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... more
Mentored Research Scholar Grant American Cancer Society
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
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... more
Research Scholar Grants American Cancer Society
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
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... more
Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Grants American Chemical Society
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
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... more
MAPfund Doris Duke Charitable Foundation & The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Arts & Humanities
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... more
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics The Greenwall Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
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... more
Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists Blavatnik Family Foundation
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Research 11/15/2017 Provides $250,000 in unrestricted funds to one Laureate in each disciplinary category (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences... more
The Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Arts & Humanities
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... more
DARPA Young Faculty Award DARPA
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Mathematics, Computational, & Data Sciences
Physical Sciences & Engineering
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... more
AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty American Federation for Aging Research
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
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... more
Young Investigator Grants Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 12/15/2017 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
Russell Sage Behavioral Economics Small Grants The Russell Sage Foundation
Social Science & Law
Research Rolling 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
New and Early Stage Investigator Policies NIH
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research See sponsor website for specific opportunities and deadlines. In 2009, NIH instituted a new adjunct to the New Investigator policies involving the identification of Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) (see the Section on Early Stage Investigators, below).  ESIs are New Investigators who are within 10 years of... more
CTF Young Investigator Award (YIA) Children's Tumor Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
01/09/2018 (anticipated) 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
Whitehall Foundation Grants-in-Aid Whitehall Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 01/15/2018; 04/15/2018; 10/1/2018 (LOI) 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
Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Social Science & Law
Research 01/17/2018 (anticipated) Recognizes tenured or tenure-track junior faculty members at accredited U.S. universities who are beginning to establish a record of scholarship and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to the body of research in the field of... more
Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowships in Space Astrophysics for Early Career Investigators NASA
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Research 01/18/2018 (NOI); 03/15/2018 (full proposal) 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
New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR)
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Research 02/28/2018 (anticipated, nominations due); 04/21/2018 (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
Hollis Brownstein Research Grants Leukemia Research Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 02/01/2018 (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 02/08/2018 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
Research Starter Grants - Health Outcomes, Pharmacology/Toxicology, Pharmaceutics, Translational Medicine and Therapeutics or Informatics PhRMA Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 02/01/18 for Health Outcomes, Translational Medicine and Therapeutics. 9/1/18 for remaining 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 02/08/2018 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 $75,000 unrestricted research grant. This is a Limited Submission, review the... more
Scientist Development Grant American Heart Association
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 02/09/2018 (anticipated) To support highly promising beginning scientists in cardiovascular and stroke research between their initial research training and their complete independence. Total award amount up to $231000 for three years.
NARSAD Young Investigator Grant Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
Research 02/28/2018 (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

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