Funder Program Description Amount Deadline
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (Parent K01) Provides support and "protected time" (three, four, or five years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. Multiple
Alzheimer's Association New Investigator Research Grants The purpose of this program is to provide new investigators with funding that will allow them to develop preliminary or pilot data, to test procedures and to develop hypotheses. The intent is to support early-career development that will lay the groundwork for future research grant applications. All applications submitted to the New Investigator Research Grant program must target defined areas of focus for the current year in order to be considered responsive to the program announcement. $100,000 for up to 2 years September
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) Young Investigator Award Program The program is intended to facilitate innovative research opportunities and supports basic, as well as translational and/or clinical investigators, however, research must be relevant to our understanding, treatment and prevention of serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar, mood and anxiety disorders, or child and adolescent psychiatric disorders. $60,000 over 2 years September
Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy Young Investigators Fund for Discovery The Young Investigator Award has six main areas of research: Tumor-Specific Replicating Viruses and Bacteria; Anti-angiogenesis Immune-mediated Gene Therapy and Cancer Vaccines; oncogenes/Suppressor Oncogenes/Apoptosis; Tumor Targeting and Vector Development; Other Cancer Gene Therapy Research. Up to $500,000 over 3 years March
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Young Investigator Award The foundation's focus is on discovering new treatments for pediatric cancers through basic research, career development, and helping to streamline translational clinical research. Applicants should be at the early stages of their research careers. Demonstration of outstanding mentorship and demonstration of a career plan that shows commitment to pediatric cancer investigation are critical components for success. $50,000 per year for 2 years December
Beckman Foundation Young Investigators Program To provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences. Intended to promote research in chemistry and the life sciences, broadly interpreted, and particularly to foster new invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in the scientists. $750,000 for up to 4 years September
Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award The Prostate Cancer Foundation champions human capital investment to fast-forward solutions to prostate cancer. We are pleased to announce a new round of funding for Prostate Cancer Researchers. Consistent with our goal to end death and suffering from prostate cancer, we would like to focus efforts on developing another gifted cohort of human capital in prostate cancer research. Highly innovative basic science programs will be carefully considered, but priority will be given to “bench to bedside” translational research proposals with the potential to deliver near term benefit to patients. $75,000 per year for 3 years February
National Institutes of Health (NIH) NIH Director's New Innovator (DP2) Award To support a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research. Applicants must meet the definition of an Early Stage Investigator (ESI) (within 10 years of terminal degree). Up to $300,000/year direct for 5 years October
National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program NSF's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. July
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) Provides funding, mentoring, and industry and DoD contacts to these faculty members early in their careers to develop their research ideas in the context of DoD needs. The program focuses on untenured faculty, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding.  $250,000 per year for 2 years December
National Security Agency (NSA) Mathematical Sciences Program (MSP) Young Investigators Grant The MSP supports self-directed, unclassified research in the areas of Algebra, Number Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Probability, and Statistics. Investigators must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. October
Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (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. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of Higher Education (hereafter also called "universities") to the Department of the Navy's research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Up to $510,000 over 3 years January
The Foundation for Alcohol Research AMBRF Grants The Foundation accepts applications for grants to conduct research on important aspects of alcohol consumption and its effects. Depending on the nature of the proposed research, applications submitted to the Foundation are reviewed by the Medical Advisory Council or the Behavioral and Social Advisory Council. Both Councils meet twice each year, in the spring and fall. $50,000 per year for 1 or 2 years February and September
Charles H. Hood Medical Foundation Child Health Research Awards Grants support hypothesis-driven clinical, basic science, public health, health services research, and epidemiology projects relevant to child health. Researchers must be within five years of their first faculty appointment by the funding start date. $150,000 Multiple
LIMITED SUBMISSION Smith Family Foundation Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research Awards target newly independent biomedical researchers who are within two years of their first independent appointment as of July 1st of the application year. Applications may focus on all fields of basic biomedical science and may also be submitted by investigators in physics, chemistry and engineering. Up to two applications per year may be submitted by each College (e.g. College of Engineering, College of Science, Bouve College of Health Sciences). $300,000 September 12
Human Frontier Science Program Organization Young Investigators' Grants Young Investigators' Grants are awarded to international, interdisciplinary teams of researchers, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory (e.g. Assistant Professor, Lecturer or equivalent). Up to $450,000 per grant per year March
American Speech-Language Hearing Foundation New Investigator Award New scientists earning their latest degree in communication sciences within the last 5 years are eligible to compete for $5,000 grants to pursue research in audiology or speech-language pathology. $5000 Multiple
American Association for Cancer Research AACR Career Development Awards AACR Career Development Awards are open to junior faculty at an academic, medical or research institution who have completed postdoctoral studies or clinical fellowships no more than four years prior to the start of the grant term. Multiple
LIMITED SUBMISSION William T. Grant Foundation William T. Grant Scholars Program The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines, who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and are seeking to further develop and broaden their expertise. The Foundation supports research to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution. Each year, only one applicant may be nominated from a major division (e.g. College of Social Sciences and Humanities, College of Science). $350,000 distributed over a five-year period July 1
Russell Sage Foundation Small Grants Program in Behavioral Economics Supports high quality research in behavioral economics and to encourage young investigators to enter this developing field. There are no limitations on the disciplinary background of the principal investigator, and the proposed research may address any economic topic. Interdisciplinary efforts are welcome. Applicants must be advanced doctoral students or junior (non-tenured) faculty members who have been out of graduate school for two or fewer years. Up to $7,500 open
Research Corporation for Science Advancement Cottrell Scholar Awards For faculty members who wish to excel at both teaching and research. Applicants should be tenure-track beginning faculty members whose primary appointment is in a Ph.D.-granting department of astronomy, chemistry or physics, but not in a school of engineering or medicine. Eligibility is limited to those in the third year of their first tenure-track position during the calendar year of application. $75,000 over 3 years August
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Sloan Research Fellows Provides support and recognition to scientists, often in their first appointments to university faculties, with little or no outside support. Fellowships are awarded in physics, chemistry, mathematics, neuroscience, computer science, economics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology. $50,000 over 2 years September
LIMITED SUBMISSION Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award Supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers, within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers. $75,000 over 2 years February 10
American Cancer Association Research Scholar Grants Supports investigator-initiated projects across the cancer research continuum. Independent investigators in the first six years of an independent research career or faculty appointment are eligible to apply. Up to $200,000 per year for up to 4 years April and October
Ajinomoto Co. Amino Acid Research Program Young Investigator Research Grants Supporting innovative research focusing on the biological aspects of amino acids and application to human life, such as nutritional, physiological and pharmacological functions and properties. For investigators who are within 5 years of their first appointment as independent investigators by the deadline for receipt of full applications. Up to $100,000 per year for up to 2 years March
American Chemical Society (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund New Doctoral Investigator (DNI) Research grant programs that support fundamental research in the petroleum field for faculty within the first 3 years of their first academic appointment. Research areas supported include chemistry, the earth sciences, chemical and petroleum engineering, and related fields such as polymers and materials science. $100,000 over 2 years Multiple
LIMITED SUBMISSION Microsoft Corporation Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Supports creative research undertaken by promising researchers who have the potential to make a profound impact in their research disciplines. Nominees must hold a tenure-track faculty position, and may be no more than six years from the completion of their most recent PhD, ScD, or MD. Nominees for the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship program must be nominated by their research institution, and their nominations must be confirmed by a letter from the head of the institution. Direct applications from new faculty members are not accepted. October
PhARMA Foundation PhARMA Research Starter Grants Supports individuals beginning independent research careers in academia who do not have other substantial sources of research funding. $60,000 Varies by program
Whitehall Foundation Grants-in-Aid For researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior. Up to $30,000 for 1 year January, April, October
Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Research Grants Targeted grants for work in major areas of the social sciences, including anthropology, area studies, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and urban studies, as well as newer areas such as evaluation research. Research grants are open to scholars in all social science disciplines for projects that deal with contemporary issues in the social sciences, particularly issues of policy relevance. Preference is given to scholars in the early stages of their careers. $3,000 to $5,000 January
National Institutes of Health (NIH) NIH Director's New Innovator (DP2) Award Supports a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research. Applicants must meet the definition of an Early Stage Investigator (ESI) (within 10 years of terminal degree). Up to $300,000/year direct for 5 years October
American Academy of Arts and Sciences Visiting Scholars Program Interdisciplinary research fellowship, housed at the headquarters of the Academy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to stimulate and support scholarly work by promising scholars and practitioners in the early stages of their careers. Preference is given to untenured junior faculty. Up to $60,000 (not to exceed one-half of current salary) October
Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Eurasia Program Post-Dissertation Research Awards Provides research funds to early-career scholars who have been awarded their PhD within the last five years to support the furthering of the work initiated in their dissertations or the launching of their first post-dissertation research project. Applicants should be within five years of the completion of their Ph.D., and gainfully employed in teaching and or research. Up to $33,000 over 2 years November
American Federation for Aging Research AFAR Research Grants Supports junior investigators committed to pursuing careers in the field of aging research. For research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging, including those underlying age-related diseases and common geriatric functional disorders. Must be within the first ten years of receiving a doctoral degree. Up to $100,000 December
Upjohn Institute for Employment Research Early Career Research Awards (ECRAs, formerly Mini-Grant Program) Reserved for untenured junior faculty within six years of earning their PhD degree, awards provide flexibility to meet special funding needs that, without support, would impede researchers from pursuing the project. Recipients are expected to write a research paper that would be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal, to prepare a synopsis of the research for consideration as an article in the Institute's newsletter Employment Research, and to enter the paper in the Institute's Working Paper series. $5,000 February (anticipated)
Smith Richardson Foundation International Security and Foreign Policy Program - Junior Faculty Research Grant Program Supports junior faculty research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history. Grants support tenure-track junior faculty engaged in the research and writing of a scholarly book on an issue or topic of interest to the policy community, to buy-out up to one year of teaching time and to underwrite research costs (including research assistance and travel). Projects in military and diplomatic history are especially encouraged. $60,000 October
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Research Fellowships Research Fellowships The fellowships are intended to support scholars in the production of substantial works in either of the following areas: the foreign policy of the Kennedy Presidency, especially in the Western Hemisphere; or the Kennedy Administration's domestic policy, particularly with regard to racial justice or the conservation of natural resources. The successful candidate(s) will develop at least a portion of their original research using archival materials from the Kennedy Library. Up to $5,000 August 15
NASA New Investigator Program in Earth Science The New (Early Career) Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science is designed to encourage the integration of Earth system research and education/outreach by scientists and engineers at the early stage of their professional careers. $120,000 per year for up to 3 years August
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) The Air Force 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. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering. Up to $120,000 per year for 3 years September 15