These programs are intended for late postdoctoral investigators and new faculty, usually those at or below the rank of Assistant Professor. Consult each program’s web page for more detailed information and current deadlines.
Find more opportunities by using Pivot and selecting “New Faculty/New Investigator” under “Requirements,” or just go the Pivot search results for “New Faculty/New Investigator.”
|ABMRF Grants, ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research
||The Foundation supports research to understand the effects of alcohol on health and behavior. Highest priority is given to young investigators, new to the field or trained in the field, to start a new line of independent research.
|Young Investigator Awards, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
||Young Investigator Awards are designed as start-up funds for new scientists at the end of their fellowship training or early in their research career. Demonstration of outstanding mentorship and demonstration of a career plan that shows commitment to pediatric cancer investigation are critical components of a successful application.
|Young Investigators Award, Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy
||September for abstract
||The Fund for Discovery awards grants ranging from $250,000 to $500,000 to Young Investigators (tenure track assistant professors) conducting innovative exploratory research.
|New Investigator Research Grant, Alzheimer’s Association
||February for letter of intent, April for application
||Grants provide newly independent investigators with funding that will allow them to develop
preliminary or pilot data, to test procedures and to develop hypotheses. Each total award is limited to $100,000 for up to two years. Applicants must be Assistant Professors or above at their respective institution, who have less than 10 years of research experience after receipt of their terminal degree.
|Career Development Awards, American Association for Cancer Research
||Awards provide research support to junior faculty who are in the first five years of a faculty appointment (at the start of the grant term). Multiple grant programs are offered. Program areas include cancer research, angiogenesis research, cancer immunology research, and research in tumor microenvironment.
|Scholar Awards, American Asthma Foundation
||AAF funds innovative research by outstanding investigators from all fields that might impact asthma. Awards of up to $450,000 each will go to investigators in the U.S. who are within 10 years of their first independent faculty appointment.
|Research Scholar Grants, American Cancer Society
||April 1 and October 15
||Research Scholar Grants support 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.
|Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Grants (DNI), American Chemical Society
||Awards of $110,000 over two years provide start-up funding for scientists and engineers in the United States who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or the equivalent.
|Fellowships, American Council of Learned Societies
||September or October
||Fellowships support research in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. Awards provide up to $35,000 for assistant professor-level investigators for six to twelve months of research.
|Junior Faculty Award, Career Development Award, American Diabetes Association
||mid January and mid July
||Junior Faculty support new investigators who are establishing their independence in diabetes research; applicants can have any level of faculty appointment up through assistant professor. Career Development Awards are designed to assist outstanding assistant professor level faculty investigators in conducting diabetes-related research.
|AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty, New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer’s Disease, American Federation for Aging Research
||December for letter of intent
||AFAR Junior Faculty Grants provides up to $100,000 for a one- to two-year award to junior faculty to conduct research that will serve as the basis for longer term research efforts. New Investigator awards provide up to $100,000 for one or two yearsresearch in areas in which more scientific investigation is needed to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
|Young Investigator Grants, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
||Grants support studies that aim to increase understanding of the causes
of suicide and factors related to suicide risk or that test treatments
and other interventions designed to prevent suicide. Young Investigator Grants of up to $85,000 over two years are awarded to investigators at or below the level
of assistant professor, with an additional
$10,000 ($5,000 per year) for an established suicide researcher who
will mentor the Young Investigator.
|Beginning Grant-In-Aid, National Scientist Development Grant Program, American Heart Association
||AHA funds research broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke and supports research in clinical and basic sciences, bioengineering, biotechnology and public health. Scientist Development Grant applicants should have no more than four years since his/her first faculty/staff appointment at the assistant professor level or its equivalent and must not be funded (extramurally) for more than one year at a level greater than $95,000 per year in direct costs. Beginning Grant-In-Aid applicants must hold a faculty/staff rank up to and including assistant professor (or equivalent), but may not have more than seven years of experience at the assistant professor level.
|Liver Scholar Award, American Liver Foundation
||Applicants must apply within the first three years of his/her first faculty appointment. Funding is provided in the amount of $225,000 over three years for research in liver physiology and disease.
|Centennial Fellowships, American Mathematical Association
||The program makes awards to outstanding mathematicians to help further their careers in research. Recipients shall have held the
doctoral degree for at least three years and not more than twelve years
at the inception of the award. Preference will be given to candidates who have not had extensive fellowship support in the past.
Recipients may not hold the Fellowship concurrently with another research fellowship such as a Sloan or NSF postdoctoral fellowship or CAREER award.
|Congressional Fellowship Program for Political Scientists, American Political Science Association
||Gives early- to mid-career political scientists an opportunity to learn more about Congress and the legislative process through direct participation. Fellows work as full-time legislative aides in the House of Representatives or Senate. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D in the past 15 years. Fellowships include a stipend of $38,000.
|Research Awards, American Society for Mass Spectrometry
||Academic scientists within four years of joining the tenure-track faculty are eligible for awards of $35,000 for research in mass spectrometry.
|New Investigators Research Grant, American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation
||New scientists earning their latest degree in communication sciences within the last five years are eligible to compete for $5,000 grants to pursue research in audiology or speech-language pathology.
|Early Career Investigator Award, Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program
||November for letter of intent
||This award will fund salary support and research funds for a junior faculty member who wishes to undertake a mentored basic and/or clinical research project in the bleeding disorders field. Provides funding of $100,000 annually for two years.
|Beckman Young Investigator Program, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
||September for letter of intent
||The program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. To be eligible, an applicant should not have completed more than three full years in his or her tenure-track or other comparable independent research appointment. Grants may be in the range of $750,000 for up to four years.
|Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
||January for limited submission application (approximate)
||This award funds talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education. Awards are $75,000 for one year.
|Career Development Awards, Foundation Fighting Blindness
|| The award is for junior investigators to pursue research to find the therapies and cures for inherited retinal degenerative diseases. Clinical scientists possessing an M.D., D.O., or equivalent foreign degree and who are in their first, second, or third year of a junior faculty appointment are eligible.
|William T. Grant Scholars Program, William T. Grant Foundation
||May for limited submission application (approximate)
||The Scholars Program is a professional development program for early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, or health sciences. The Foundation supports research to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the U.S. Awards are for $350,000 over 5 years.
|Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
||October for limited submission application (approximate)
||This career development award enables outstanding junior faculty members to carry out original research that will help resolve important policy and clinical dilemmas at the intersection of ethics and the life sciences.
|Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award, Health Effects Institute
||April for letter of intent
||The award provides three years of funding for a small research project on the health effects of air pollution to a new investigator at the assistant professor or equivalent level.
|Young Investigators’ Research Grants, Human Frontier Science Program
||March for letter of intent
||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 that bring together scientists preferably from different disciplines to focus on problems in the life sciences. Young Investigators’ Grants are awarded to teams of researchers, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory (e.g., assistant professor, lecturer or equivalent).
|Young Investigator Awards, Infectious Diseases Society of America
||The IDSA Education and Research Foundation and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases have joined forces to offer the IDSA ERF/NFID Joint Research Awards to support needed research by promising young researchers who may not otherwise find funding as federal and other institutional research support becomes more difficult to obtain.
|Future Leader Award, International Life Sciences Institute North America
||The award supports new investigators for research in the areas of experimental nutrition, nutrition and toxicology, and nutrition and food science. Provides $15,000 per year for two years.
|Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences
||The Award supports young investigators in the early stages of their careers engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The candidate should be within four years of receiving his/her first tenure track appointment. The award of $225,000 is payable over a three-year period.
|Hollis Brownstein Research Grants Program, Leukemia Research Foundation
||The Foundation provides one year grants of $100,000 to selected New Investigator researchers to allow innovative scientists to act on their ideas and try new procedures and experiments that will hopefully lead to significant breakthroughs. New Investigators are considered to be within seven years of their first independent position.
|Young Investigator Grants, Lymphoma Research Foundation
||Post-Doctoral Fellowships and Clinical Investigator Career Development Awards support training in lymphoma and clinical research. Applicants must have completed two years of their fellowship, or not more than two years as a junior faculty instructor or assistant professor at the start of the award period.
|Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award, March of Dimes
||March for letter of nomination
||This award is designed to support young scientists just embarking on their independent research careers in areas consonant with those of the
March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature
birth and infant mortality. Applicants may not be recipients of a major grant (e.g., an R01, or other grant exceeding $200,000 a year) at the time of the application.
|Scholar Award in Complex Systems, James S. McDonnell Foundation
||The program emphasis is furthering the science of complex systems via the continued development of the theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions and not on particular fields of research. Awards are $450,000. Principal investigators between 5 and 15 years post Ph.D. are eligible.
|Scholar Awards, McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience
||Supports neuroscientists in the early stages of their careers to focus on disorders of learning and memory. The Endowment Fund especially seeks applicants working on problems that, if solved at the basic level, would have immediate and significant impact on clinically relevant issues. Awards are $75,000 per year for three years.
|NARSAD Young Investigator Grants, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
||Offers up to $30,000 per year for up to two years to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported; research must be relevant to serious brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or child and adolescent mental illnesses.
|Young Investigator Awards, National Ataxia Foundation
||August for letter of intent, September for application
||Young Investigator Awards provide one-year grants of $35,000 to encourage young investigators to pursue a career in the field of any form of ataxia research. Young Investigator Awards for SCA Research provide one-year grants of $50,000 to encourage young investigators to pursue a career in spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) research.
|Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Awards, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
||Supports candidates who have begun academic careers as independent investigators in an area related to multiple sclerosis. Maximum funding is $30,000 in the first year, increasing to $40,000 by the last year of the five-year award.
|Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
||February for limited submission application (approximate)
||The program invites up to two nominations from selected institutions. The program supports the innovative research efforts of young faculty members in the natural and physical sciences or engineering. Candidates must be faculty members in the first three years of their faculty careers. Awards provide $875,000 over five years.
|Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
||June for limited submission application (approximate)
||The program invites one nomination from selected institutions. The program supports basic and clinical research relevant to the advancement of human health, carried out by investigators with full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. Awards provide $60,000 per year for four years.
|Research Starter Grants, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation
||February 1 for Health Outcomes, Translational Medicine and Therapeutics; September 1 for Informatics, Pharmacology/Toxicology, Pharmaceutics; October 1 for Adherence Improvement Young Investigator Grant Program
||The purpose of the PhRMA Foundation Research Starter Grants is to offer financial support to individuals beginning their independent research careers at the faculty level.
|Cottrell Scholar Awards, Research Corporation
||Eligible applicants are tenure-track faculty members at U.S. institutions whose primary appointment is in a department of astronomy, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, or physics, but not in a school of medicine or engineering. Eligibility is limited to faculty in the third year after their first tenure-track appointment. Awards total $75,000 for three years.
|Innovation Award, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
||The Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award is designed to provide support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with “high risk/high reward” ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer.
|New Investigator Grant, Scleroderma Foundation
||Supports new investigators who hold faculty or equivalent positions and who wish to pursue a career in research related to systemic sclerosis. Applicants may request up to $50,000 for up to three years.
|New Investigator Grant, Scoliosis Research Society
||April 1 and October 1
||This grant is specifically targeted to new investigators. The maximum award is $25,000 for up to two years.
|Searle Scholars Program
||August for campus limited submission application (approximate)
||The program invites applications from selected universities and research institutions. Awards of $100,00 per year for three years support outstanding young scientists pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Candidates should have begun their first appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1 of the year prior to the application year.
|Sloan Research Fellowships, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
||Fellowships support fundamental research by early-career faculty in chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics. Candidates should be no more than six years from completion of their most recent Ph.D. (or equivalent) as of the year of their nomination. Awards are $50,000 for two years.
|Strategy and Policy Fellows Program, Smith Richardson Foundation
||The program provides grants of $60,000 to support the research and writing of a book by young scholars and policy thinkers (junior or adjunct faculty, research associates, and postdocs) on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history.
|Pilot Research Grant, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
||Provides awards of up to $25,000 to basic and clinical scientists in the early stages of their careers. Applicants must be no more than five years post nuclear medicine/molecular imaging training. Applicants must not have served as the principal investigator of a peer-reviewed grant for more than $50,000 in a single calendar year.
|External Faculty Fellowships, Stanford Humanities Center
||Junior fellowships are for scholars who will be at least three and no more than ten years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. by the start of the fellowship year. Fellowships are for one full academic year, and require the fellow to be in residence. Fellows are awarded stipends of up to $70,000 and a housing and moving allowance of up to $30,000.
|Awards to New Assistant Professors, UC Cancer Research Coordinating Committee
||CRCC funds support meritorious
research in a wide range of scientific areas, including both applied clinical research and basic research
relevant to cancer. Faculty members who are assistant professors at the time of application and for whom the award year will be their third through sixth year of appointment as UC faculty are eligible for New Assistant Professor awards.
|Start-Up Research Grant, U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation
||Projects must have a strong element of cooperation between an Israeli and an American scientist(s), and fall within the areas of research supported in that year by the BSF. In addition, at least one of the principal investigators should have attained his/her Ph.D., M.D. degree or equivalent, no more than ten years prior to submitting the proposal.
|Grants-in-Aid, Whitehall Foundation
||January 15, April 15, and October 1 for letter of intent
||Funds researchers at the assistant professor level in the life sciences. The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology. Awards are up to $30,000 for one year.